Icelandic experimentalist Björk is garnering rave reviews for her work in her first major film, director Lars Von Trier's dramatic musical fantasy "Dancer In The Dark," but the singer says that she remains married to music.
"I'm religious when it comes to music. I'm very loyal to it, and acting feels like an affair to me," Björk says in an interview appearing in "Paper" magazine's October film issue. "I also understand the ground qualities of being an actor, and I don't think I have those."
Despite that assessment, Björk walked away from the Cannes Film Festival with Best Actress honors, and "Dancer In The Dark" won the Golden Palm Award for Best Movie when the film was screened there in May.
The success didn't come easy, as clashes between Björk and Von Trier on the set have been well documented. The singer addresses the issue in "Paper," telling the magazine that "the conflict was not between me and Lars. I gave him all of
me and a lot more than he even asked, and he would have been the first person to tell you that." She goes on to explain that the on-set conflict was actually between her character, Selma, and the part of herself that had composed music for the film.
Perhaps that theory will make more sense when the film makes its U.S. debut at the New York Film Festival later this month, before getting a wide release on October 6 (see "Björk Wins Best Actress At Cannes").
Björk also tells "Paper" that her music will remain her primary focus, whether she likes it or not. "It's like food or sleep, a way to survive. I've even had moments when I wished I could be without it because sometimes it's not very social."
Her next musical offering will be "Selmasongs," the soundtrack to "Dancer In The Dark," which hits stores next week.
Meanwhile, "Paper" magazine's special film issue (which also features interviews with Steve
Buscemi, Savion Glover, and Von Trier) with Björk on the cover hits newsstands in New York on September 25 and nationwide the week of October 1.