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The convert

Leonora Tuvin (17), Bergen
The TV series SKAM (Shame) has led to international focus on young Norwegians. We have met 10 real youngsters from generation Skam, representing both urban and rural parts of the country.
Leonora Tuvin, Bergen Leonora Tuvin, Bergen
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Leonora Tuvin, Bergen.
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“The most important thing that has happened to me, is that I have accepted Jesus into my life. Or rather, I have decided to be a Christian. After that evening in the ninth grade when I turned unto Jesus in the Tremor church, my life has changed completely. I went from being a very shy girl to a confident and more outgoing one. I dared to raise my hand in class, and I became more aware of my choices and values. Jesus is important to me.”

That sounds like a nice and carefree existence?
“I don’t have many worries, as I give all of my concerns to God. But if I have to point at something, it must be that I might not say or show my family and friends that I love them often enough.”

What do you dream about doing in life?
“I actually want to teach Norwegian or English in secondary school, or to become a priest. I look up to the teachers I have today. They set good examples, have great values, and can really teach. So I guess my dream is to be a person others can look up to, that people will think: ‘She is a good person with great values’. Otherwise, I dream about travelling the world, get new impressions, and experience things I won’t find in Bergen. I want to see the world with my own eyes, not through TV and social media like we mostly do today.”

What do you like best about the place you live?
“I live in two places, as my parents are divorced – in a house in Straume and one in Foldnes. The best thing about both places is that I can wake up to the chirping of birds or to total silence, even though they lie in densely populated areas with cars, people and houses. It is nice to go out into the garden, look at the sea and feel like I am someplace in the countryside, even though there is a shopping mall only a few hundred metres away.”

If you got visitors and wanted to show them the nicest place in your area, where would that be?
“I would go fishing in our boat. Take them out to the islets around nine o’clock at night, when the sun is at its best and the sea is calm. You can still hear the birds as the boat is close to shore, but yet you feel alone at the tranquil water. I would take them around the archipelago and to the mouth of the fjord, because that is the most beautiful thing I know – the place where the sun and the ocean meet. If I couldn’t take them out fishing, I would bring them to a mountain called Liatårnet, the tallest mountain at the island of Sotra. From there you have great views of the ocean in the west, the city of Bergen in the east, and plenty of sea and islands. Everything gets so small when you are up there.”

What else do you like to do?
“I love karate. And to write, mostly short stories and poems. I like to write about everyday life, love, and of course crime. When I am writing a crime story, I always tend to let the action take place in an area I have been to, so that I know the streets and the opportunities there. That makes it more fun and exciting to write, because I can immerse myself in the story and make it more real. If I don’t want to write a full short story, I sometimes take an ordinary situation, like walking down the stairs, and turn it into an interior monologue, adding some spice here and there, making something exciting out of something small.”

What do you let out when you write, that you can’t express otherwise?
“Feelings, and often a description of a mood I find hard, and that I can’t express orally. I can word it in a way that will make me happy when I read it later. No one will understand anything if I start to ramble on about wanting to be like a butterfly, but if I write it down, I can describe what I mean in a precise and simple way. What I write gets saved, and then I have something nice to look back upon.”

You mentioned karate. Are you merciless?
“When I practice karate, I step into my own little bubble. Then there is only me, my movements, and the instructions from my coach. In my style full contact is forbidden, so we always have control and respect for our opponent when we fight. A light kick in the stomach is ok and even necessary to get the adrenalin flowing in a competition. But it is important not to be ruthless. If you don’t exercise control, you don’t show respect for your opponent or your club, as one of the most important rules is to not use full force. But if I train on my own and want to let my feelings out, I am merciless. I pretend that there is a person in front of me, and then I fight.”

Why do you like about SKAM?
“It is a really accomplished show. The characters are very different but still made from personalities you can find in your group of friends, your class at school, or your extended circle. I recognize myself in some of the values and traits of for example Noora and Sana, in that they don’t drink alcohol and they know what they stand for. When I watch SKAM, I sometimes think: ‘So I’m not alone after all’.”

Do you find anything in your own life awkward?
“I am really embarrassed to be so scared of spiders. When I was three years old I stepped on a spider in the middle of the night, and it stuck to my wool sock. I tried to shake it off, but it didn’t let go. I screamed and my dad had to drag the spider away. I have been afraid of spiders ever since, even though I know they aren’t dangerous.”

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Leonora Tuvin, Bergen
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Leonora Tuvin, Bergen.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen

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Leonora Tuvin, Bergen.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen
Leonora Tuvin, Bergen
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Leonora Tuvin, Bergen.
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Leonora Tuvin, Bergen.
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Leonora Tuvin, Bergen
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Leonora Tuvin, Bergen.
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Leonora Tuvin, Bergen.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen
About SKAM

Skam is a Norwegian teen drama TV series about the daily life of teenagers at the Hartvig Nissen School, a gymnasium in the West End borough of Frogner in Oslo. The series is created by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).

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