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Rising Stars: Meet Ragnhild Bjoerge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ragnhild Bjoerge.

Hi Ragnhild, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
After high school, I figured out I wanted to do stunts. It was the time when Facebook was still pretty new and I wasn’t that good with technology like google. So I ended up studying acting in Norway for a year while I did some research into how I could become a stuntwoman. First, I wanted to get into trick riding, but I did not get any response from the place I contacted. But then I found this acting school in LA that also had stunt and stage combat classes. So I applied and I got it. I was so happy and surprised that day. But I packed my bags and moved from Norway with two suitcases to the fabulously warm Los Angeles. I studied and got a bachelor’s degree in acting for film. And after that was done, I had also become a confident stuntwoman since we also had a lot of on set experience with the school and little jobs on the side. I was very excited when I found out I could apply for an OPT visa, which allows you to stay in the US and work within the field that you studied.

So I got one more year in LA doing what I loved to do the most. This year I worked very hard and got enough under my belt so I could apply for a talent visa so I could keep working in the film industry in LA. This visa lasted for three years and then I applied to renew it and it was approved. My what a gift to be able to spend your 20’s living the dream in LA working in the film industry. I am so grateful! Right before Covid-19 shock the world, I started spending more time in Norway since my dad got sick (not Covid-19). It was a very tough transition to go from working in the film industry and make a living out of it to try to get some jobs in Norway where there are few jobs for stunt people. Luckily the people in the industry in Norway are very kind and professional and have welcomed me into their small community and they offer me jobs now and then when something comes up. But it is great to have LA that I can return to and get back to my reality and my way of life.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has never been a smooth road, but then again, who wants that? If you fight hard enough for what you want, it means so much more when you get it. As a Norwegian, I have struggled with not sounding foreign when I speak. My accent has probably cost me many roles I have auditioned for. Luckily I have had some luck and good friends to help correct me so I have been able to say I did my very best. And then I have stunts and the beauty with stunts is that you rarely have any lines. There has also been the struggle with applying for visas. Did you know it is very hard to get to stay in USA even if it is just for work? Last time I handed in 500 pages to prove that I am a professional and that I am here to work. But like I said, if you work hard the little victories seem so much bigger.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am an actress and stuntwoman. As an actress, I absolutely love comedy. It is such a great way to contribute to the society to make people smile. I think we need more of that in this time and age. I also do a lot of action because I can combine my acting with stunts. This is what I live for. This is my passion and I feel so lucky to have found what I burn for in life. Stunts I specialize in are fighting, falls, impact stunts, wrestling and horse stunts. In other words, if you need someone to fall, fight or get real messed up, you can call me. I would like to get more into car stunts. I have done some in the past. It is just so much fun. And also rigging would be cool to expand into. I’d love to be more a part of the technical aspect of the stunts like rigging is.

What matters most to you? Why?
My family and friends, because I would never be where I am today without them.

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@fotografvarsamt – Black/White picture of woman on roof. @wowsuperheroes – Wrestling Character with demon mask in hand Matillda Sjöberg – Two cowgirls riding in a western theme park NRK – horses running in the grass

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