First major film role was as Yasmine in “A red eye” from 2007.
Studied acting at Stockholm’s Dramatic College. Then got small roles in TV series and in Kjell Sundvall’s “I nöd och lust” in 2015, as well as plays on stages such as Unga Klara.
In 2017, she had a role in Helena Bergström’s “What a damn circus” and in the same year the definitive breakthrough came with the main role in “Dröm vidare”, for which she was nominated for a Guldbag.
In the same year, she also published her debut novel “One day I will build a castle out of money”.
In 2020, she was nominated again, though for best supporting actress, for the comedy “Ring mamma!”.
Current in “Snabba cash 2” premiering September 22 and “Palomino” premiering spring 2023.
“Fast cash 2” takes place one year after the events of the first season. Protagonist Leya’s career in the startup industry reaches new heights, while her connections to the underworld threaten to overturn her future.
The fact that the first season was celebrated and streamed extensively during the pandemic puts extra pressure on the actors, says Evin Ahmad.
— Season one was completely without expectations, but then everything became so big. There is pressure on us to deliver a good second season.
In January, Evin Ahmad was named “shooting star” at the Berlin Film Festival. When TT reaches her, she is at home in Sweden for a few days to rest up before the last days of filming for the international Netflix series “Palomino”, where she plays the lead role of a British doctor.
— I have never seen anything like “Palomino”. Usually when women play action heroes it’s in a sci fi context, but here we get to see a woman in the middle of everyday life who is great at doing sick stuff. I won’t reveal too much of the plot but it’s been absolutely amazing filming overseas. It really added flavor.
She describes playing the lead role in a large international project as a transformative experience.
— I was terrified at the beginning. Totally terrified. It’s been really tough and at the same time shitty fun. My character is in every scene so I’ve had 107 shooting days – starting a week after we finished shooting ‘Quick Cash 2’. Tomorrow I fly to London to film the last part.
TT: How has it been adjusting to suddenly playing a native Brit?
— It goes in line with a lot in my life that I just go in and drive. I’ve always had a pretty good ear for music. I like languages and dialects, so it has been great fun working with a dialect coach. The hardest thing is to break the embarrassment. The British accent may sound pompous, but I love it.
Skeptical at first
She says that at first she was skeptical about the plans for a spinoff of Jens Lapidus’ book and film series. The events of the Netflix series take place ten years after the original.
— The movies and books are characterized by dudes. It’s dudes, dudes, dudes. It has been a difficult challenge where I have tried to fight for the woman Leya so that she gets more dimensions. After metoo, the need for other types of stories with women in focus has increased. But you have to want a female lead for a reason, not someone who’s just there for looks.
“Fast cash 2” reflects a reality on two levels, with drug dealing and shootings in the suburbs and tricks and bows in the tech world.
— Leya makes criminal choices all the time, but it’s the male characters in the startup industry who are, in a sense, creators of this environment. It’s interesting what kind of crime you see when you watch the series, the one in the suburbs or the one among these entrepreneurs who want to make a lot of money.
To prepare for the role, Evin Ahmad interviewed, among other things, a female entrepreneur and took part in interviews and articles to dig deeper and build a believable story around Leya’s motivation to become a powerful business woman.
— There is a sick driving force in many entrepreneurs that usually has its foundation in childhood. They have been bullied when they were little or come from dysfunctional families. Leya can actually choose to quit, but she doesn’t. Even though no one knows what her business is about, she is ultimately a damn successful entrepreneur. She gets everything she wants, but is also terribly lonely.
“Snabba cash 2” premieres September 22 on Netflix.