We had the good fortune of connecting with Thomas Ernst and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Thomas, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
Difficult decisions has to be made everyday in our lives and for the rest of our lives. As an actor you have to make a choice in your work and in your personal life. Support is very important I must say. Support from your family and friends. This is not a journey I could do on my own. I haven’t faced any questions from my parents in my childhood – this gave me a free will and powerful imagination from a very early age. I’ve since then starred in multiple Danish film and TV projects. In 2018 I decided to move across the pond to pursue an international acting career. I’m now based out of LA, recently finished filming for the role of Olaf Ludvigsen in Damien Chazelle’s “Babylon” (2022). I was in a personally ‘limbo’ where I wasn’t a teenager and I wasn’t a dad? I had to do something with my profesional time and after attending the show ‘Dancing With The Stars’ I saw an opening in Los Angeles. People wanted to work with me out here because I apparently looked younger. It’s difficult to be far away from the family in Denmark because of a decision I made for myself and my career. Moving from Denmark to LA was a difficult decision for me. To maintain a career in two different countries is hard work but I have so much passion for acting it’s hard to explain. I don’t know how water taste – all I know is that it tastes good right?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art would be my lifestory that im still a part of. I’m an actor who’s in a transformation from a teenager to a father and from a father to a grandad. Theres so much to learn. Career-wise im very proud of my work in ‘Aching Hearts’. That particular movie kickstarted my career and the director Nils Malmros taught me everything and I am him very grateful for everything. The shooting of this movie was planned over a period of three years so the young actors would be aging believably during the film. I earned a ROBERT Award nomination (Danish “Oscar”) for best leading actor in 2009. This movie is like a photoalbum of my youth. I always wanted to be an actor and im so glad I figured out at the age of 6 that this what was I wanted to spent the rest of my life on. I had a direction and obstacles to face but when it comes to acting it all feels so naturally. Life is a big lesson and im not done learning. I haven’t figured it out yet. I’m trying my best to be a good person everyday and be a cool guy. Smile to the person at the grocery store who rings you up, Don’t be late to appointments.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I must admit i’ve tried this a couple of times before. People who haven’t been here need to try out Roscoes and I recommend the vibe at the location on Pico blvd. Go get a Obama special number 9 with a sunset lemonade and extra sirup for the waffles. If you wanna see Los Angeles from a different go check out Kenneth Hanhn State Park. That’s a hidden little gem and you won’t belive the sunsets from this angle. It’s a great hike as-well so don’t be afraid to spend some hours at this location. I often go here to meditate and hiking.
I do like breakfast but sometimes it’s also just like a fuel if you know what i mean? A few years back i discovered the most amazing breakfast in the world. It located in Glendale and is called Acai Jungle. This place serve the best bowls you’ve ever tasted. Go get that Classic with Fruit for only $6 and you will see what im talking about. While your’e in Glendale, why not go see Michael Jackson’s grave? It’s pretty powerfull to see all the flowers theres still laying around the little house his located in now. It’s a beautiful drive and it’s all free to enter. I always loved Michael Jackson and his art so for me personally it was a big moment to visit this very location.
If you need cool clothing go check out the iconic KITSON on robertson blvd. in west hollywood. This is a cool retail store with a ton of fun stuff and with gifts for difficult people. Very nice clothing for men & women. While you’re in that area why not grab a little snack from Nonna’s Empanadas on Third street, just around the corner from Kitson.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people I could give a shoutout but if I must circle it around LA my shoutout my go to the rapper and tattoo artist Enzo Ferrari (@imenzoferrari). A very good friend who has developed a status in the underground there’s incredible. This kid is on to something and he is very friendly as-well. I do photography in my spartime and had the pleasure to shoot some of the pictures for his albums. He has also gifted me a few tattoos over the years.
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