Where do you live?
I spend a lot of time in New York and in Berlin and more recently in Vienna.
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
I do mind. Actresses should never talk about their age. We are as old as our roles need us to be.
What inspires you?
Inspiration is so very versatile. The ocean inspires me – it gives me a sense of belonging. A salsa dance with a great partner inspires me – it frees me from the necessity of words. Being on stage inspires me. Always. John Steinbeck inspires me. And Kafka and Karl Valentin. I love the quiet and unimposing moments. A rainy day with nothing to do. Loneliness. Empty bars. The night. The early morning hours. Boxing inspires me. Working hard. Starting from zero and finding myself at the very bottom and working my way up. Nina Simone. Langston Hughes. Cuba… inspiration often comes when I get up from what I am doing and take a break…
Tell me about what you do?
I am an actress for film and theater. I sing Italian love songs from the 50ties. And I write travel novels — like my books “Maries Reise” (Marie’s trip) and Geisterreise (ghost trip) — travel stories based on true experiences from countries such as Cuba, Ghana, Mexico, Indonesia, Georgia, Finland, Ireland etc…
What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
It all depends on what I am doing, traveling or researching, writing or learning lines for a part. I can be an early riser and/or a late night lover. I have one ritual that I do every day: Before I speak to anyone after I wake up (whatever time that may be) I give thanks to whoever is out there protecting me. I drink a lot of coffee, also in the morning and I have recently started to box and am usually at the gym in the evening until 9/10pm. Then I eat.
What are some of your favourite sources for information?
Books. Good books. Conversations with people on the street. Personal experiences (mine and others).
How does social media influence your life?
I use Wikipedia a lot. And I keep in touch with people from all over the world. I can call and send messages for free to friends in Rome or in Berlin or in New York, Africa, Latin America, Asia, anywhere! I appreciate that. A lot. I also like reading what people I know are up to – keeping in touch – seeing what people are interested in and last but certainly not least, announcing my readings and shows and books, I find social media very helpful for that.