Mollie Söderlind: Why I’m chasing Conan

There may be a lot of talk show hosts in the world but there's only one Conan O'Brien. Since stalking is such a strong word, The Local's blogger Mollie Söderlind explains why she's in hot pursuit of the Tonight Show supremo.

Mollie Söderlind: Why I'm chasing Conan

“I say a lot of annoying things,” says 20-year-old Mollie Söderlind of her blog, “but that’s sort of why you read blogs anyways.”

Don’t be alarmed by her forward confession, for shy is something Söderlind certainly is not. Without hesitation, she’ll offer her opinions on Swedish society, celebrities, and admit how other bloggers, like the famed Blondinbella, annoy her for “doing nothing but being famous.”

“She got a lot of money saying things like, ‘Today I ate carrot cake.’ In Sweden we have superficial celebrities that only live to sell their names and parties,” says Söderlind.

“At least in the US, celebrities are famous for different things,” she says, citing Angelina Jolie as an example for her philanthropic endeavours.

And this is where her self-diagnosed “obsession” of American talk show host Conan O’Brien fits in. As her blog is aptly named “Chasing Conan,” Söderlind’s postings focus on the steps she will and won’t take to achieve her dream of appearing on the show.

“I’m so obsessed with him. I will do whatever it takes,” she explains.

Söderlind says that after having lived in Minneapolis for 10 months on an exchange programme when she was 18, she gained a new appreciation for American celebrities, who she previously had not known. Aside from this time, she’s spent the rest of her life in her hometown of Stockholm, longing for the day her name will appear in bright lights on Conan’s guest line-up.

“Swedish comedians are kind of bland,” she says, and instead chooses to follow the likes of O’Brien, Steven Colbert, Steve Carell, and Jon Stewart. But at the centre of her blog is her true love, Conan, amongst activities ongoing in her life – lunches with friends, thoughts on stardom, and pet peeves.

“My blog is a mixture between my obsession with Conan and random things I think are funny and annoying, plus my every day life,” she says. “If readers have a mutual interest in Conan, they might find this interesting.”

But Söderlind says her biggest life dilemma isn’t just discovering a way to get on the show — “since I’m so obsessed with him I assume everyone else is as well,” she says with a laugh. “It’s terrible!”

Read Mollie’s blog: Chasing Conan

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Swedish actor behind viral blog beats cancer

Swedish actor Fabian Bolin, 28, who has appeared in several UK television shows and US movies, has announced to the world that he is cancer-free, just over a month after he was diagnosed.

Swedish actor behind viral blog beats cancer
Swedish actor Fabian Bolin. Photo: Instagram with permission of Fabian Bolin

The actor and model started the blog on July 1st, just days after being diagnosed with leukaemia – a blood cancer which develops in bone marrow.

“There is a risk that I will not survive,” he posted in both English and Swedish.

But after weeks of gruelling chemo therapy doctors at the Karolinska Institute near Stockholm have revealed that Bolin is expected to return to complete health, the actor told his fans.

“We have just found out from the doctors at Karolinska the following: my entire blood system, and my spinal chord system, is now free from blood cancer. Just to be 100 percent clear to all of you, my beautiful angels: I have survived and killed my cancer,” he wrote in this latest blog entry.

However, the actor is not yet at the end of the road to full recovery. He is set to undergo chemo therapy until February 2016 to ensure the cancer stays out of his system.

“Imagine the feeling in your heart when you've run up a long hill. Have you ever tried that? Or if you've ever been at a gym, if you've done a really hard cardio session. Now, think about how hard the heart beats. If you want to know how I feel, then add about five times to that heart feeling,” wrote the 28-year-old in the blog post published late on Tuesday.

Bolin's heartfelt blog quickly went viral in July after being picked up by several Swedish and international media, including The Local.

“I feel so utterly sad and confused right now. I feel like it's unfair that I should have to go through this hell of a treatment, after fighting so hard to reach this stage in life and be on the cusp of fulfilling my acting dreams. But, I will not give up,” read one of his earliest entries.

The star is best known for his role as Philipp in Swedish film Snabba Cash in 2010 (released internationally as Easy Money) and Snabba Cash II (2012), his first major parts after quitting a previous career in banking.

He has spent the past few years living in London where he's played small roles in British reality TV show Made in Chelsea and the recently released UK web sci-fi show Kosmos.

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Reacting to the huge social media stir surrounding his blog, he told The Local last month: “the response is the best and most powerful experience ever”.

“I’m in shock but in a good way. It wouldn’t have been possible for all these people to come together without social media. It’s amazing to see how many wonderful people there are out there.” 

Thanks to his contacts in the film and television industry, Bolin said at the time he had already been approached by production companies who are keen on turning his story into a documentary and added that he had received support from many fellow actors, including other Swedes he worked with on Snabba Cash. 

“I decided to let people follow me on my journey from beginning to end and this enormous response makes me feel so empowered,” he said.

Update: In 2019, Fabian Bolin founded the app WarOnCancer together with Sebastian Hermelin to improve mental health for everyone affected by cancer.