Diana Silvers and Kristine Froseth Get Grilled (By Each Other)

By Interview

September 30, 2021

In the twisty dance thriller Birds of Paradise, Diana Silvers and Kristine Froseth play rival frenemies competing for the top prize at an elite Parisian ballet academy. Based on A.K. Small’s YA novel Bright Burning Stars, the movie ratchets up the tension as newbie dancer Kate (Silvers) and the more seasoned-but-mercurial Marine (Froseth) engage in some psycho-sexual mind games and one upmanship to score a contract at the Opéra national de Paris. But in real life, the actors became fast friends while shooting the Amazon movie in Budapest, as evidenced by the following back-and-forth, in which they discuss first dances, favorite songs, and FaceTime.

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DIANA SILVERS: Who was your first dance with?

KRISTINE FROSETH: I’m trying to remember the first dance I ever went to. I feel like it was this kid in eighth grade.

SILVERS: Was this in Norway?

FROSETH: Yeah, actually it might’ve been sixth grade.

SILVERS: You went to a ball?

FROSETH: A cute little sixth-grade ball with my neighbor crush.

SILVERS: That’s really cute. A boy next door?! Oh my god.

FROSETH: Yes! Our windows were right next to each other.

SILVERS: Wait, this is like a Taylor Swift music video.

FROSETH: Oh, it kind of is. Those were the times. All right, if you had to choose one word to describe your dancing style, what would it be?

SILVERS: Oh geez, “all over the place.” That’s not one word. I’m sorry.

FROSETH: Powerful, spontaneous.

SILVERS: Spontaneous! Spontaneous dancing. Okay. Oh, this is such a good question. If you could only dance to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

FROSETH: Oh my gosh, that’s such a tricky one. I don’t even know. Do you have an answer to that?

SILVERS: No.

FROSETH: There are too many songs. There are all different energies and vibes that we could go for. Are we able to come back to any of these questions?

SILVERS: Okay, don’t think about it. 3, 2, 1, go!

FROSETH: “Tribe” by J. Cole.

SILVERS: I feel like you love that song. Yeah, that makes sense.

FROSETH: It has to be a J. Cole song. What’s your favorite place in Budapest?

SILVERS: Wow, you get all the cool music questions and then I get my favorite place in Budapest. There was this one really cool bar in the Jewish district that I really liked going to. It was like a ruin bar. I don’t remember what it was called, but it was really cool.

FROSETH: Cool!

SILVERS: What albums or music were you listening to while you were filming Birds of Paradise?

FROSETH: Do you want to answer that, Diana?

SILVERS: No, I don’t.

FROSETH: There’s a song called “Blue Eyes” that really depicts M’s internal conflict, so that was a huge one for me. That was on repeat the entire time. I had a lot of Eminem on, too.

SILVERS: I listened to so much Kanye West. It was ridiculous.

FROSETH: You played so much Kanye in the trailer. I remember that.

SILVERS: That’s all I did.

FROSETH: There was a lot of aggression. What is your idea of paradise? Have you ever found paradise on earth?

SILVERS: Oh, man. I love being in nature. I went on a solo hiking trip when I was 20 to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park, and that was paradise to me.

FROSETH: That’s so badass. I love that.

SILVERS: Who did you FaceTime with the most while you were making the movie?

FROSETH: It has to be a J. Cole song. What’s your favorite place in Budapest?

SILVERS: Wow, you get all the cool music questions and then I get my favorite place in Budapest. There was this one really cool bar in the Jewish district that I really liked going to. It was like a ruin bar. I don’t remember what it was called, but it was really cool.

FROSETH: Cool!

SILVERS: What albums or music were you listening to while you were filming Birds of Paradise?

FROSETH: Do you want to answer that, Diana?

SILVERS: No, I don’t.

FROSETH: There’s a song called “Blue Eyes” that really depicts M’s internal conflict, so that was a huge one for me. That was on repeat the entire time. I had a lot of Eminem on, too.

SILVERS: I listened to so much Kanye West. It was ridiculous.

FROSETH: You played so much Kanye in the trailer. I remember that.

SILVERS: That’s all I did.

FROSETH: There was a lot of aggression. What is your idea of paradise? Have you ever found paradise on earth?

SILVERS: Oh, man. I love being in nature. I went on a solo hiking trip when I was 20 to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park, and that was paradise to me.

FROSETH: That’s so badass. I love that.

SILVERS: Who did you FaceTime with the most while you were making the movie?

FROSETH: That’d be so savage if you said no. I’m still going to call you. I know where you live.

SILVERS: You actually do.

FROSETH: I do.

SILVERS and FROSETH: End!

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