Where the thoughts roam free

Interview with Hannah Herzsprung

Hannah Herzsprung gives everything for her roles. She’ll even grunt, if need be. Which is what happened in the comedy “Traumfrauen” by Elyas M’Barek. But there’s more to her than that. In her first movie “Four Minutes” she played the award-winning role of the musically gifted murderer Jenny and in “Der Baader Meinhof Komplex” the terrorist Susanne Albrecht. When on the Arlberg the versatile character actor likes to discover the wild, untamed side of the mountains on her ski tours. In her talk with LA LOUPE she provides interesting insight into the filming business …

​L.L.

Why is Lech your personal “place to be” during your winter holidays?

H.H.

I love the variety Lech Zürs offers. Aside from endless slopes there are beautiful alpine ski tours one can go on – those really make the skiing area unique. 

​L.L.

What is indispensable in your luggage?

H.H.

Tiger balm. Without it I wouldn’t survive the sore muscles of the first days.

L.L.

When you’re on holiday, do you try to unwind on a mental level, too – or do you take this time to consciously prepare for coming projects?

H.H.

I think there’s hardly a better place to think than the mountains. The quiet lets your mind process so much.

​L.L.

What new projects can your fans look forward to?

H.H.

At the moment I’m working on a film where Chris Kraus is the director, the same one who directed my first movie “Four Minutes”. I am looking forward to shooting it because for me it’s something special to be able to work with Chris again.

​L.L.

Did you ever have to work on acquiring bad manners for a character you played?

H.H.

When preparing for roles one often tries to adopt a character’s unique characteristics. In my last film “Traumfrauen” my role would sometimes make a little grunting noise when she laughed – I occasionally made that noise months after the shoot.

Hannah Herzsprung
Hannah Herzsprung

​L.L.

Which director could call you and you’d immediately agree to work with him?

H.H.

For me the names are never what make the project worth doing, the content is. When I can’t see myself in a role the best director will not be able to help. The same goes the other way round. When I identify with a role, I really, really want to play it. No matter if the film is directed by a young film student or a famous director.

​L.L.

How important is chemistry on set?

H.H.

Very. Once you start filming you very quickly get very close to a bunch of strangers. In that case it’s important to make sure to get along for a certain period of time and to communicate well for as long as the cooperation lasts. There is never enough time to get to know one another beyond that, though.

​L.L.

Do you enjoy glamorous appearances at events or are they simply part of the job for you?

H.H.

I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy presenting myself to the audience in a beautiful dress. However for the most part it really is part of the job.

​​L.L.

Many fashion designers and labels invite you to come to their events. What is your favourite outfit?

H.H.

It’s difficult for me to name a favourite designer or label. What’s most important for me is that the outfit goes well with the occasion.

​L.L.

Where do you like to relax after a busy day at work?

H.H.

At home.

​​L.L.

Do you sometimes take out your mobile to look at selfies you took on your last skiing holiday on the Arlberg?

H.H.

I haven’t really embraced the selfie-trend yet. I keep thinking how weird it looks to take pictures of yourself. 

Hannah Herzsprung’s Wordrap

My role model in acting?

Marion Cotillard, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett

Do you prefer cinema or theatre in your private life?

Cinema

Skiing or beach holiday?

Skiing

Popcorn or chocolate?

Chocolate

Hannah Herzsprung played in the popular production “The Reader” alongside Kate Winslet, “Der Baader Meinhof Komplex” or the TV film “Vision – Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen”. In 2012 she starred in Til Schweiger’s “Schutzengel“, in 2014 in “Die geliebten Schwestern“ and in 2015 in the comedy “Traumfrauen“ with Elyas M’Barek, Iris Berben and Karoline Herfurth.