Interview by Katariina Forsberg
Our blog series checks in with New York’s local Finns and offers a few of their insider tips into the city. Today’s entry is about actress Jenny Rostain, whose recent credits include Lady Gaga’s music video, Marry the Night.
Q: How long have you lived in New York, and what brought you here?
A: I came here about four years ago for a man, and have stayed ever since. Although that love ended, I’m still here. I studied acting in the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in the city, and I am a working actress these days. In other words, my coming here had a greater purpose that I didn’t know about four years ago.
Q: What are your three favorite places in the City?
The Boathouse in Central Park (if I ever get married, it will be there), Billy’s Bakery in Chelsea or TriBeCa (they have the best carrot cake ever), and the Union Square farmers’ market (they have wonderful things to eat year-round and healthy organic food).
Q: Any favorite restaurants?
A: Right now it’s an Italian restaurant called Da Mikele in TriBeCa. Their pizza with rucola and prosciutto is the best comfort food after long week.
Q: Do you have a favorite store?
A: Whole Foods; I love to cook.
Q: What are your favorite things to do on your free time?
A: I love movies. Even when I spend my day filming, I enjoy watching a good indie and eating organic licorice in the evening.
Q: What do you think is the best thing about living in New York?
A: There is something for everyone. Well, ok, the real sauna is missing, but almost anything else can be done or found in this city.
Q: Is there something specific about Finland that you miss?
A: As said, I miss the sauna – and I miss the quiet, dark nights, when you can light up candles and see the white, beautiful stillness outside.
Q: What three words would you use to describe New York?
A: Sense, endless, and emotion.
Q: How about Finland? What three words would you use?
A: Calming, cold, and home.