Birgitte Hjort Sørenson is no Barden Bella—and that's just fine by her. In Pitch Perfect 2, the Danish actress starred as Kommissar, the leader of the Bellas' rival a cappella crew, Das Sound Machine. Taking on the role of a character that audiences were meant to dislike may seem like a challenge, but Sorenson was game—even though it was unlike any other role she had ever played. "I never thought I'd be doing something like Pitch Perfect, but it ended up being so much fun," Sørenson told InStyle when she visited our New York City offices last week. "The script was so funny. It was a lot darker and much less PC than I imagined a college film would be."
To get into character, Sørenson had to look the part. "The hair team created that tight bun for me," she said. "All I had to do was put on that tight one-piece jumpsuit and do the accent." She also had to learn Das Sound Machine's songs and choreography, of course. While filming in Baton Rouge, La., Sørenson got into the spirit of things—despite the fact that she was playing the film's top villain. "It was like performing a concert for an entire week," she said of shooting the movie's epic riff-off in which her team competes against Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow. "We had about 3,000 extras in the crowd, and they were just going nuts the whole time."
Of course, the fans didn't get any quieter once the film premiered. Describing the response to the movie as "intense," Sørenson was shocked to discover that she was racking up fans even after trying to take down the beloved Barden Bellas onscreen. "All of the sudden, I had teenage girls telling me that they loved me on Instagram," she said. "It's such a different fan base for me, because I had only really done political dramas at that point. So it's really been cool to do it all."
Sørenson's biggest—and most unexpected—fans? The producers on the set of her upcoming HBO drama series Vinyl, which premieres in January 2016 (and stars Olivia Wilde and Bobby Cannavale). "They kept coming up to me and saying that they had seen the movie with their teenage daughters," she said. "Then they'd ask me to say one of my lines. That lasted a few weeks—and it was crazy."
Watch the trailer for Vinyl here: