LUXE LIFE: OLA KARLSEN

Norwegian born Ola, stuntman extraordinaire, takes on the role of Spider-Man in the UK tour of Marvel Universe LIVE!, which arrives at Newcastle’s Utilita Arena in November 2019. We find out his luxe things in life...

Ola’s hometown is Tromsø in Norway, but for most of this year he’ll be training and then on tour with the action-packed, live arena stunt show. See Marvel Universe LIVE! at Newcastle’s Utilita Arena from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th November 2019. 

LUXE PEOPLE >>

Kristoffer Jørgensen of Arctic Action – my mentor and friend over the years, who took me on with his stunt team when I turned 18. We met when I was in a highschool play, and he took me under his wing, tutored me in stage combat and swordplay, and built me up to be a better performer and artist. I will always be grateful for his teachings, and to this day I still call him whenever I need advice. He was one of the first people I spoke to after I was awarded the life-changing opportunity to play Spider-Man with Marvel Universe LIVE!

LUXE PLACES >>

For a weekend > Oslo. Mostly because it’s where my girlfriend lives; and because our lives are so crazy, we often only get to see each other on weekends and short holidays.

A long holiday > Anywhere with a warm, sunny beach! I grew up in the Arctic, and we really only have two seasons here – winter, and colder winter – so any chance I get to go someplace warm I’ll take.

LUXE RELAX >>

Favourite food > Fried rice, made by the local Chinese wok place. Preferably with a lot of vegetables.

Best restaurant > Shanghai Wok. Quick, good and healthy. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve eaten there enough to be able to ask for ‘the usual’ when I walk in…

Perfect weekend > My perfect weekend is spent in the circus training space here in Tromsø. It’s called Kulta, and has been my second home for years. Ideally, I’d like to spend the weekend there from sun-up to sun-down, doing stunts, having snacks and listening to my favourite music.

Downtime means > Recovery. If I have downtime, I like to turn everything off, resting as much as possible. I spend a lot of time meditating, reading books, playing video games. Basically, doing as little as I can.

Best telly > Ooooh… I love animation, and currently I’m enthralled by Haikyu. It’s a story about a volleyball team who just can’t catch a break.

Best theatre > Hålogaland Teater in Norway. I’ve always loved their willingness to defy convention and try something new. I love a good musical, and when HT does one, it’s usually a winner.

Best book > Right now I’m deep in the Throne of Glass series, and I absolutely love it! On the surface it’s a fantasy story about an assassin who falls in love with a prince, but if you dig a little deeper, it’s really a tale about trauma – what it does to us, and what we let ourselves become to cope with it. Despite its occasional difficult subject matter, I love it.

Best sounds > It may sound cheesy, but I never get tired of hearing the noise of the audience settling in their seats before the curtain rises. There’s nothing quite like it…

LUXE SHOP >>

Best shopping city > That’s a tricky one – ask me again at the end of this tour!

Favourite shop > Tromsø Bruktbokhandel is a local, used bookstore. It’s where I buy my comics, my books and all my nerdy stuff. I’ve played Dungeons and Dragons for years, and they usually have a great supply of maps and adventure books.

Luxe retail treat > Do cinnamon rolls count? If they do, I’d have to say cinnamon rolls!

Best buy > I really wish I kept track of these things, but I’m not great at rating my buys. I’ve amassed a collection of martial arts gear over the years. One of my more recent purchases was a beautiful, engraved set of kali sticks. I bought them at a great price, so I suppose I’ll count that as my best buy!

LUXE PARTY >>

A memorable night out > I recently attended a movie night at a friend’s house. We’ve loved awful movies for years, but this time, we were finally beaten. I won’t say the film title, but it involved swords, time-travel, and a dark age kung-fu pimp. We were screaming. It was traumatic, but we’ll never forget it!


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