Actor Kristo Salminen says that he was too hard on himself when he was younger. In the end, it was exhausting and took away the enthusiasm for theater work.

An interview formerly an actor Kristo Salminen has sewn two pencil cases. His sons start school the next day.

The hobby has lasted a year. Salminen still does not dare to take responsibility for repairing clothes.

“I’m in the bagging phase. There is some skill, and even more enthusiasm. I make nice things for children, and my work has a guarantee because the maker lives nearby,” Salminen laughs.

He finds doing things with his hands therapeutic. You can see the result immediately. The straightness of the seam is not a matter of opinion, unlike in the profession, for which Salminen is known.

“An actor does his work through his own personality and hears opinions all the time. You have to be on the right track with yourself to be able to live that kind of life.”

Just a few years ago, Salminen couldn’t really cope.

The first one once Salminen performed at school. He was 7 years old then. Salmi had a loose beard, a wig and a pillow for his stomach under his coat. It was a skit about weight loss, and the weight fell off when the pillow fell.

Salminen worked as an assistant in the theater and in small films, but no more. Actor parents Esko Salminen and Heidi Krohn did not consider the theater environment to be a good place for children of growing age.

“People in the theater are generally good, but the Actors who tune themselves into their roles are a bit hysterical. My parents also wanted me to think about the direction of my life in peace.”

However, acting was the only model he had received from home, and some of the friends wanted to be actors. So Salminen also took the entrance exams to the Theater Academy.

“I probably got in precisely because I had no pressure and was childishly enthusiastic.”

During my studies however, the enthusiasm ran away and Salminen went to jail.

“I understood – or so I thought – that acting was a serious matter. I felt all the time that I wasn’t performing and reaching the right level.”

Salminen took a timeout and called the army in between. It took a while to balance.

Others might think that the offspring of actors swim like a fish in the wake of their parents, but this was not the case.

“In theater school, I tried to change the pitch of my voice so that I wouldn’t sound like a faija. If you cut off most of your limited resources, you’ll have a really narrow area to work in,” says Salminen.

“I wasn’t in a happy place then. After school, I decided not to act and went to England to study stage fighting.”

About the decision despite this, Salminen has been actively acting in films, TV series and on theater stages since the mid-1990s.

In addition to acting in Group Theater and Helsinki City Theatre, Salminen was attached to Kansallisteatteri for 16 years.

“I’ve done a lot of work that I’m really proud of. Such are, for example Rikhard III, Hercule Poirot and Vanja-one. Supervisor SpongeBob Westerberg in the things I did with myself, I found myself and my own way of doing things”, says Salminen.

“The beginning of my career was sticky and I spent so much energy then that the time to pay off the debt came five years ago. The bangs stopped. My last option was to leave the National Theatre.”

The decision was difficult for Salmi. He had lived in the bubble of a contract actor for a long time, and then the bubble had to be burst. The future was unclear.

“When I got a mortgage back in the day, I danced for joy between the shelves in Aleppa. In the end, I walked out of the theater doors and I felt like I was disappearing into the winds of heaven.”

Strait started lifting weights and doing a lifestyle overhaul. In addition to motivation, he had lost his health during his theater years. The back was particularly sore.

“My physical condition was so bad that I was afraid I would have to go on sick leave. Weightlifting restored my faith that I can and can still move.”

Salminen also trained as a personal trainer.

And Salminen didn’t lose anything, even though he left the theater. Noticing that was a salutary experience for him. Also the fact that there are interesting people elsewhere.

“You only realize your own bubble when you move to another environment and find a different sect. Expanding my worldview helped me realize that I can do many things.”

Sewing stuff and in addition to fitness, Salminen acted this summer after a three-year hiatus. He was with Heinola’s summer theater Flirting course 55+ -comedy, which, despite its name, also dealt with “serious themes”.

And after a long time, Salmi felt that he could do this again. Theater classics would be especially interesting, as well as working in front of the camera.

“The Corona period gave me time to think about what I want for the future,” says Salminen.

“Now I’m done with the old stuff and in a pretty good place mentally.”



  • Born in Helsinki in 1972.

  • Graduated from Teatterikorkeakoulu in 1997.

  • Acted at Helsinki City Theatre, Group Theater and was attached to Kansallisteatteri for 16 years.

  • The most important theater roles: Rikhard III, Vanja-eno and Kari Kairamo in the Nokia series.

  • Acted in several TV series and films since the mid-1990s.

  • She enjoys sewing, martial arts and gym training focused on weightlifting.

  • Is interested in Zen Buddhist sitting meditation.

  • Lives in Espoo. The family includes actress wife Johanna Kokko and three sons.

  • Turns 50 on Sunday, August 21. Celebrates his anniversary in a big way. Party arrangements are still being worked on.

By Editor

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