Which television actress plays is good

Professions: Profession: Actress

Juliet Nachtmann plays many roles on stage - sometimes Juliet from "Romeo and Juliet". From time to time Julia also makes a film, but she feels most comfortable on stage. We asked her what makes her job so special for her

GEOlino.de: Have you always wanted to be a star?

Julia Nachtmann(laughs) No! I didn't become an actress to get famous, I became an actress. This is something completely different. Acting is my dream job. My job is to give the audience a very unique evening. Because every single performance is a little different and every audience is different. I find that fascinating.

How did you become an actress?

I played in the school theater. I also had violin and piano lessons and danced in ballet school. I kept performing with the instruments and the ballet. Then I realized: I love the feeling of being on stage. So when I was 16 I went to a youth theater and said: I want to play with you. I then did that next to school for four years.

Does that mean that it is not enough, as with any other profession, to decide on it after school?

Yes, it is enough even at the age of 20 after graduation. But you shouldn't be too old, because young roles also have to be cast in the theater. Juliet from "Romeo and Juliet", for example, is 14 years old. You play such figures immediately after training. I graduated from high school myself and then studied at a state drama school. Training there lasts four years. There are also private drama schools, but the advantage of the state is that you have a connection to the state theaters and you are automatically a member of the central artist agency.

Is it easier to play someone who is like you or someone who has a completely different character?

Strangely enough, both are difficult! And for very different reasons: I first have to empathize with a character with whom I have very little in common in order to get as close as possible to him. In contrast, with a role that is close to myself, I have to reveal a lot about myself. I have to open myself up completely, and it's hard to let that happen.

Can i become an actor or actress if i'm shy?

Yes. I have colleagues who are very shy in private, but they are wonderful actors on stage. You just have to put off your shyness as soon as you slip into the figure. But what you need is self-confidence. Let's put it this way: you have to know yourself very well before you can represent another personality.

What if I don't look like a model?

In the theater, that's not a problem at all. So-called types are wanted there. If someone is fat or has a crooked nose, that's not bad at all, that's their peculiarity, by which you can recognize them. It's different with film, it's much more about the appearance of the actors - I personally think that's a shame.

What is different about being an actor than you would have thought before?

I knew beforehand that there were no weekends, but I hadn't really made up my mind what that meant. We also perform pieces on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as on public holidays. That's the hardest thing about work: that it's so difficult to meet up with friends because they have completely different working hours.

And I quickly noticed something else: you need a lot of discipline. An actor cannot allow himself to be in a bad mood for a day and not play so well; you always have to function. And you shouldn't actually get sick, otherwise all performances will be canceled just because of this one person! When everyone has a cold in winter, I almost want to lock myself in my apartment so that I don't get caught too.

But acting is still your dream job ...

Definitely! I am grateful that I can make a living from this great job. But you don't get rich with it. By the way, as a television actor you earn significantly more. But a film is made very differently: always in short pieces of a few minutes, sometimes even just 20 seconds, and that criss-cross through the plot. In the theater, on the other hand, we always play the whole piece from beginning to end, so I can empathize with my character much better. And only in the theater does this beautiful moment exist just before it starts. I still have palpitations before every performance. It'll never go away, but it feels good! And it's great right after the piece too. I played everything out and I feel completely empty - but pleasantly empty.

And the less pleasant moments?

Hm. Once I played a girl who committed suicide towards the end of the play. The actor who played my father then had to pick up my body. And he stepped on my hair in the process. It hurt so badly, but I couldn't say anything, I still had to keep playing dead!

You play up to eight roles at once during a season, and each of them has a lot of lyrics. Is it going to take you a long time to memorize all of this?

The difficulty is much more of embodying the role. You learn the text very well during rehearsals, because the sentences always go hand in hand with actions. That's why I would never confuse the lyrics from two different pieces. When I come to the theater for the performances, I slowly become the character I play. First I get make-up, then I put on my costume. Finally I approach the stage and smell the scent of the set. Yes, every stage set smells different! Sometimes more like plastic, sometimes like wood. All of these sensory perceptions immediately evoke the right sentences in me. If someone woke me up at night and asked, I probably couldn't. But as soon as I take the stage, my text is always there.