Austrian actress Susanne Wuest galvanized international audiences at the Venice Festival last year in horror pic “Goodnight Mommy.” Since then, the 35-year-old thesp had more than half a dozen projects either in the can or on her agenda, including Gore Verbinski’s horror-mystery “A Cure for Wellness,” which she’s currently filming.
FIRST ACT: Wuest grew up in rural Austria, with no TV in the home, she says. “When my parents took me to the theater for the first time, it was overwhelming, and I saw that’s what I wanted to do. It didn’t make them very happy!”
FEARLESS FLIER: After high school, Wuest joined Vienna’s Volkstheater. “When you are 18 or 19, you have such faith in things. I just showed up and asked to work there, and they took me in. But it’s not something I would do now,” she laughs. She’s worked with top Austrian directors, including Goetz Spielmann (“Antares”) and Jessica Hausner (“Toast”), and like almost every German-speaking actor, did an episode of long-running police detective series “Tatort.”
‘MOMMY’ MADNESS: The actress was heartened by the reaction she got from “Goodnight Mommy,” released in the U.S. on Sept. 11 by Radius-TWC, following its successful run at global festivals. “You take on projects that you are passionate about, so it’s great when you get so much positive feedback,” Wuest says.
A LA MODE: Wuest is also a favorite of fashion editors in Germany and Austria, modeling for glossy magazines and becoming a trend-setter. In fact, she compares the shoots with movie filming — with one exception. “Fashion is a very interesting way of expressing yourself,” she notes, “but you shouldn’t take it too seriously.”