To keep all these plates spinning at home and in her workplace, she had to change and assume the mantle of her considerable power.
She started to wear her hair back in a bun; her body language became more rigid. ’ she says, laughing and slapping the table with her palm.
On leaving school at 18 she took herself off to Paris, 'Just for a year, to be bohemian.
I thought I’d reinvent myself.’ While there she was accepted into a theatre school.
'I imagined her wearing a corset and tightening it a little,’ Knudsen says. Indeed, playing Birgitte Nyborg has come as a revelation to her.