Where do you live?
I live in Berlin, but my sister and my mother live in New York, and my father in Vienna and I try to visit my family as much as possible. I am very close to my family.
How old are you? (if you don’t mind answering)
I do mind. Why ask a woman her age? Especially one that works as an actress too. I should be as old as any role requires me 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. Mark Twain. Balzac. And Kafka and Karl Valentin. Writing in itself is inspirational. I love the quiet and unimposing moments. A rainy day with nothing to do. Loneliness. Empty bars. The night. The early morning hours. Fast cars. Boxing inspires me. Working hard. Starting from zero, finding myself at the very bottom and working my way up. Nina Simone. Langston Hughes. Beethoven. 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 author. Before anything else. I am a writer. I wrote two travel novels – “Maries Reise” (Marie’s Trip) and Geisterreise (Ghost Trip) with S.Fischer – based on my true travel experiences in countries such as Ghana, Mexico, Indonesia, Georgia, Finland, Ireland etc… I am writing a play now. I also wrote 3 children’s plays and taught writing at an inner city school in Berlin for 5 years. But I also act in film and theater. And I sing Italian love songs from the 50ties and the Blues. I do a lot. I speak 5 languages. It makes people dizzy when they hear all the things I do, but when I create it all somehow comes together and makes sense.
What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
I get up early in the morning, these days around 5am, and write for two hours. That’s the first thing that I do. And then I do a long work-out. After that it depends on the project I am currently working on. Whether I am traveling or researching, writing or learning lines for a part. I do have another ritual that I do every day: Right after I wake up and I give thanks to whoever is out there protecting me.
What are some of your favorite sources for information?
Books. Good books. Books and books and books. You are a different person if you read. You can tell if someone reads or not. People who read are usually much more relaxed. I also like having conversations with people and I see experience as one of greatest teacher of life for life.
How do 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.