When and where were you born really?
On 02.29.1948 in Helsinki.
Yanti Somer is not your real name, right? There are also many other names under which you were credited. Can you tell me your real name?
I did not know that I have so many names (laughs). I was born as Kirsti Elisa Somersalo. In my childhood I was always getting called Titti. My father unfortunately died very early. I was just 16 years old. My mother was not very old. I was called Yanti when I came to Paris. That was about 1968 in the time of hippies and free life.
Why have you been called "Yanti"?
I was living from day to day at that time. Sometimes I had nothing to eat because I had no money. So I started to work in a restaurant as a waitress. One day I was approached by a photographer. He said I should try to work as a model. The photographer was very impressed by the Indian world and esoteric and Buddhist wisdoms. So he used the Indian word "Shanti" and gave me the name Yanti Somer. He wanted that my name was something special and that you can easily remember it. From then everyone called me Yanti, until today. But today there is a little difference, because in Italian there is no Y and no J. So I'm called IANTI now.
How did you get to the movies?
I do not remember exactly. I went to so many auditions and have made so many modeling jobs. Someone then put me in a movie. It all went through agents.
Is it true that Enzo Barboni and Terence Hill have chosen you for the second Trinity movie?
I can neither confirm nor deny it. I was cast very often at this time. At one day it was said, "You're the new girl in the second Trinity movie." For me it was a whole new experience. It was a very big production. I met stars like Bud Spencer and Terence Hill. Enzo Barboni was great. He was such a nice man. It was really a very nice time!
How it was to work with Bud and Terence?
They both were very nice always!! With Bud I did not have many scenes together. But I spent a lot of time with Terence. He really was an incredibly nice and very polite man, who had no affectations. He never made ??me feel that I was only just a little silly supporting actress.
Yanti, I need to ask you something, ...
Of course, feel free to ask, but I think I know the question already ...
Have you been single at this time and do you thought that Terence was an attractive man? I think in some scenes you looked like you really was in love with him, for example in the scene in the monastery where you kissed him at the floor.