Lindbæk is a professional actress with an acting degree from London. When she got the offer from Hotel Cæsar she had already starred in a Norwegian soap opera called Offshore and did not want to be part of another. “The woman who got the role still has it now. It’s kind of like a parallel life, I could have been ‘Cæsar-Hanne’,” she laughs. “Instead, I chose to use theatre in a different way. It is kind of like we have turned the lights on in the theatre and are talking with the audience.” 17 years later, she has worked with a range of different companies across 25 countries in Europe and America as well as Asia. She has not only helped Norway’s top politicians and ministers, but also one man proposing, another man practising his wedding speech, and even a couple who were having troubles who are now still happily married.