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The gladiator

Anette Vranum (16), Vennesla
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.
Anette Vranum, Kristiansand Anette Vranum, Kristiansand
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Anette Vranum, Kristiansand.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen

“I live at a small farm in Evje with my mum and my little brother, but also with my uncle in Vennesla, as I study drama at the upper secondary school there. In my spare time I play American football for the Gladiators in Kristiansand. I play the position as running back, but I want to start training towards becoming a quarterback soon.”

An unusual hobby. How did you start?
“When I played handball earlier, we used to warm up playing rugby. I really enjoyed that, so when I found a team in Kristiansand, I contacted them. It’s a tough sport and you do get hurt, but it’s usually only bruises.”

What should people see and do in Kristiansand?
Dyreparken zoo and amusement park is a huge attraction, of course. And I am very fond of Kilden performing arts center, which is a large theater and concert venue that has become really great. In the city centre the high street Markens is worth a visit, and I would definitely go to the city beach. Here, you can attend the festival Palmesus in the summer – a large dance party for the young.”

What do you do when you’re not a gladiator?
“My life is full of contrasts, as I have also started to immerse myself in make-up. My dream is to become a professional make-up artist, and maybe an actor, too – but I’ll see what happens. Plus, I’m a board member of the political youth organization Vennesla AUF.”

I see. What excites you about politics?
“I am very interested in school politics, children and youth politics, and everything that has to do with psychiatric health. I am passionate about getting children and youth help if they need it. There should always be public health workers available at schools, and bullying should be stopped as early as in kindergarten.”

Other things you worry about?
“The future and how we in ‘generation perfect’ in all our struggle to appear flawless are spiralling downward. It’s almost taboo to say that not everything in your life is perfect.”

Is that why you like SKAM?
“I don’t like it, I love it. I recognize myself in the show. It is so much pressure, on schoolwork, looks, being good enough, working out, being social enough – and then there’s also the whole party/don’t party issue. Everything about the show is just amazing.”

Besides watching SKAM, what else makes you happy?
“A smile, actually. It is just a small thing, and you don’t really think about it when it happens, but it has such a wonderful effect. If you have a shitty day, a smile can make it so much better. Amazingly, I don’t see people smiling very often.”

Things to do in Kristiansand

Anette Vranum, Kristiansand
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Anette Vranum, Kristiansand.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen

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Anette Vranum, Kristiansand.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen
Anette Vranum, Kristiansand
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Anette Vranum, Kristiansand.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen

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Anette Vranum, Kristiansand.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen
Anette Vranum, Kristiansand
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Anette Vranum, Kristiansand.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen

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Anette Vranum, Kristiansand.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen
Anette Vranum, Kristiansand
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Anette Vranum, Kristiansand.
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen

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Anette Vranum, Kristiansand.
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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