Episode 77 (A Unique Path to Film and TV Success)

Lukas Hassel

Welcome to the June 2024 episode of Paul Meier’s In a Manner of Speaking podcast. This month’s guest is celebrated Danish-American actor, writer, and director Lukas Hassel, who has forged a unique path to success in film and television.

Paul and Lukas are joined by film critic and co-producer of this podcast, Cameron Meier. The three discuss Lukas’s career, life on the film festival circuit, and the challenges of acting in a second language. Accent modification or “reduction” is central to this discussion.

Currently living in New York City, Lukas was born and raised in Denmark. He studied acting at the Samuel Beckett Theatre School, Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland. He is perhaps best known to American audiences for his recurring role on The Blacklist, on NBC, as Elias VanDyke in seasons eight and nine. Lukas has also appeared on Blue Bloods, Elementary, Law and Order and other shows, and in feature films such as The Black Room, Slapface, The 7th Secret, and Art of the Dead. Early in his career, he was known to Norwegian audiences as Mr. Melk, the popular spokes character for Norwegian Milk.

As a writer, he has won the ScreenCraft and CineStory fellowships and many more writing competitions with his screenplays across genres such as horror, sci-fi, drama, and psychological thriller. As a director, Lukas created the award-winning short films Into the Dark (a sci-fi movie being developed into a feature) and the psychological horror The Son, the Father…., both of which screened in hundreds of film festivals around the world. He just wrapped filming on his feature screenplay, the psychological thriller House of Abraham, starring opposite Natasha Henstridge and Lin Shaye.

For more information on Lukas, visit LukasHassel.com and watch the clips below:

(Bach’s Cello Suite #1 in G Major BMV 1007 Prelude (by Ivan Dolgunov) is courtesy of Jamendo Licensing.)