Anders Matthesen’s children changed his working life: ‘I could not sit and give it as bohemian with a bottle of red wine every night’

One name went again and again to this year’s Robert nominations: Anders Matthesen. No less than eight times it was mentioned.

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He is happy, he says. But he has already received recognition “so that the hat fits for the rest of his life”.

Seven of the 46-year-old comedian and filmmaker’s nominations are for the cinema hit ‘Ternet Ninja 2’, which he himself has written, directed and voiced. But the final and eighth nominations are still a bit special.

It is in fact the Male Supporting Role of the Year for the role of Psyko-Bo in the new Danish HBO series ‘Kamikaze’. For the play is “something else, a little sensitive for me”, explains Anders Matthesen.


Anders Matthesen has the main role in the brothers Avaz 'upcoming drama film' Tuscany '.

Anders Matthesen has the main role in the brothers Avaz ‘upcoming drama film’ Tuscany ‘. “I’m very excited about that, because it is at least something completely different than what I usually do,” says Anders Matthesen.

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“For many years I have wanted to do more acting and gone to an obscure amount of auditions and castings to be considered for different roles,” explains the comedian, who enjoys planning himself as an actor.

However, the new ‘away’ is just one of the many irons the 46-year-old comedian has in the fire.

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He has just started a podcast, he is sitting and trying to write on a ‘Checkered Ninja 3′, he is waiting for answers to various auditions as an actor, he will soon go out and try out new stand up material, and before long you can see him in starring in the Avaz brothers’ latest film ‘Tuscany’.

But Anders Matthesen wanted to work even more, he says with a laugh.

He thinks he is taking “plenty of time off” and “too much vacation,” which he has never done before.

“When you have kids who go to school, you get some times when you may not get time off, but at least you get the opportunity or have to shut down the computer. There are three kids at home who want some food and who want some company, “he explains.

»It does not last long, then we must have a winter holiday too! It’s nice too, but I’m probably most comfortable with work, “he adds with a laugh.


Privately, Anders Matthesen is married to Cemille Rosenberg, with whom he has a 10-year-old son Spencer.  In addition, Cemille, who works daily as Matthesen's manager, has two children from a previous relationship.  The reunited family lives in a villa in Frederiksberg.

Privately, Anders Matthesen is married to Cemille Rosenberg, with whom he has a 10-year-old son Spencer. In addition, Cemille, who works daily as Matthesen’s manager, has two children from a previous relationship. The reunited family lives in a villa in Frederiksberg.
Photo: Thomas Lekfeldt

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For Anders Matthesen does not escape the fact that life as a family man has moved up in his working life and the way he goes about it.

He has the 10-year-old son Spencer with his wife and manager Cemille, and in addition, her two children from a previous relationship also live in the family home in Frederiksberg.

“When the kids came, I was also well aware that I could not sit and give it as bohemian with a bottle of red wine every night and write standup until eight o’clock in the morning, it just does not work, well,” explains Matthesen.

Instead of sitting in front of the computer for hours, he has become more efficient and strategic over the years. Calmly waiting for the energy, time or opportunities to come.

“Then maybe I can go to the Zoo with three children and a tow truck and then ‘write’ while I go there and look at it all,” he exemplifies.

When there is calm again, he finds the computer and takes notes. Learned and substantiated by years of experience – and ‘of bitter distress’.


During the coronation, Anders Matthesen could not come out and perform, so instead he wrote the ironic self-help book 'Lifestyle is a lifestyle' under the name A. Matthesen.

During the coronation, Anders Matthesen could not come out and perform, so instead he wrote the ironic self-help book ‘Lifestyle is a lifestyle’ under the name A. Matthesen.
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For the workhorse Anders Matthesen is constantly testing his own limits – for his own sake and that of his audience.

»Instead of just sitting and pressing copy-paste and doing the same shit every day, I want to invest myself, risk myself and put my ass at slap height and try something where the ice is slippery. It’s more fun to watch for people, ‘the comedian concludes.

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