Asgeir Borgemoen (51), a village boy from Gudbrandsdalen, became the idol of many children on NRK Children’s Television in 1999. With his goat hair and bright red hair, he was known as the “Chief of All Chiefs” and a children’s hero, but when the light warmed his face, his back was cold .
You’ve had 29 amazing years in the entertainment world. It’s so much fun thinking about everything you’ve done and tried. There are stories in buckets and buckets that I could post forever. I’ve been lucky and privileged, says Asgir Burgmoen for TV 2.
Now he’s opening up about what really happened behind the camera and what the start of his television career was like.
“Head of all presidents”
– I had a dream of being able to play on stage and do on stage. Perhaps it had more to do with Chat Noir than with the National Theatre. However, this dream was a little far fetched, and something that only happened in Oslo, Borgmoen recalls.
He says it all started when Norway organized the Olympics in Lillehammer.
– There was a blueprint about the cultural program during the Olympics for aspiring actors. I was lucky and got a place. After that, it just started in the theatre, especially juggling theater and circus art with the wonderful Stella Polaris, of which I became a part until the spring of 1998 when I joined NRK, and he says and continues:
I really found my expression in the free theater and in the gaming world when a request came from NRK if I could audition for a new series for Barne-tv. I didn’t really care at first, but at the time I was living a bit hand-to-mouth, so when I heard they were pushing, I made the trip.
Then he got a job on children’s television.
– I was very surprised and proud when I was chosen as a broadcaster. I thought he would let the show live in silence for half a year, but then it just took off, and the rest is entertainment history.
He himself explains that the sudden interest was unexpected.
– I didn’t understand it right away, and I was amazed that a children’s program could have such an effect. It was good to be acknowledged and showed that we were doing things right. However, it was strange to have such attention.
Opens up about the celebrity life challenge
Borgemoen asserts that he has worked in a skilled production, but describes it as difficult when attention is drawn to it.
When most things fall for you as an individual, you may feel wronged towards others in the “team”.
“The Chief of All Bosses” was the character he developed for the screen.
I received a credit for a character I played. Then I also had to play myself in front of other people, at the same time that character was 60 percent of me, so it was a weird time, Borgemoen explains.
My challenge was to feel that I couldn’t show Asgeir what I thought, and that I might be uninterested. I don’t think I was mature or confident enough to handle it like I might have today.
He says the attention made him “ashamed of people”.
– When people met “TV-Asgir”, he was in the prime of his life, but the special Asgir actually met very few people. It’s a strange feeling and joy in receiving positive attention, at the same time that you were already shy and shy. I kept this to myself for a long time.
He describes the attention and inquiries he received as “mostly positive”, but it was nonetheless an unpleasant experience.
– Many people said that fame was the big dream, and since I was the presenter, I asked for it myself. Then I couldn’t complain either.
Then came the turning point.
After holding on to bad feelings for so long, Borgmoen says he’s started talking about them with family and friends.
– This gave me slightly different views which calmed things down. This led me to start enjoying attention in a different way as I can absorb all the positives. I got a lot better enjoying my success and eventually found that I allowed this role as a good presenter and with time it became my profession.
Appeared in other roles
After his time at Barne-TV, he appeared on screen in other roles. The transition is described as positive as he had space to be himself, which contributed to security and joy.
– And so it became the TV that followed me for many years.
Among other things, he was the presenter of the Norwegian version of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2005, and in 2011 he hosted the Garasjen car show, which was broadcast on Viasat 4.
In 2021 we saw Borgemoen as a guest on TV Show Broompraten 2 – a role which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Hear what he has to say about this in this video from TV 2:
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He talks about a different approach to these roles.
– I probably went more into production, not least as a producer on all of these motor shows. The passage of time and the experiences you have gained also help to eliminate the challenges you faced in the past.
As an actor, Borgemoen was, among other things, the voice of “Shrek” and, more recently, the voice of “Rive-Rolf” in the animated film “Rive-Rolf” released in 2013, but there was no time for the presenter to dream of theatrical stage.
– Unfortunately, there was very little time for the theater, apart from a major role and a tour with the National Theater on the occasion of the 60th anniversary, as well as a few other little things.
In 2010, Borgemoen appeared as a participant in 71°N – Norway’s most powerful celebrity, taking second place.
The idea of 71 degrees north is great. It’s about challenging yourself with others. An incredible journey into the beautiful Norwegian nature.
There was one thing in particular that saw him feature on the reality show.
– I was born and raised on a farm, and then used to walk in forests and mountains and not least be able to withstand beatings. I also thought it was a golden opportunity to show another side of me, which not many knew existed.
In 2020, he appeared as a competitor in the game Farmen kendis, and ended up with Celebrity Torpet Beatbut he Choose to opt out of the reality show When his partner had complications during pregnancy.
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“Tourism Manager for All Tourism Managers”
Today, Bourgmoin no longer has red hair. He is currently involved in many things, both as director of the Fredericksjöld Theater in Halden and as general manager of Sirius Event As. This summer is in All singing on the borderwhere he warms up the audience before the recording of the TV 2 program begins.
– I’m on stage in the role of “tourism manager above all tourism managers”. There is a solid square to be able to receive and meet guests in Halden and tell them about this great city.
He talks about his future plans that pertain to his family, and this is also what he refers to as the most important thing in his life.
– First of all, I am a very proud father. Family means everything, it’s the only thing we have forever. I am very fortunate to have Heidi Oatessen Sandmo, my partner, to live with me. We are a team that thinks, plays and rejoices in a society that only family can provide, he says and adds:
The plan is to continue enjoying my life in Halden with Heidi and the kids. We’re expecting a daughter for Christmas, which we’re really looking forward to.
With both his kids, bonus kids and a new dad soon, he describes enjoying life, also in his current roles, and concludes with a reveal about the future.
– You should also not ignore the fact that I will be appearing on TV again, and on stage in the near future, wrapping up TV 2.
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