"The Blue-Eyed Lottie"
International Thespian - Katharina Sporrer
With a Masters in Theater, Film and Media studies from the University of Vienna, Katharina Sporrer has been dominating the international scene. Her foundation of training from powerhouse coaching icons such as Ivana Chubbuck, The Groundlings, and T. Schreiber Studio, Sporrer proves that she can be a working actor right where she is...in DEUTSCHLAND!
Where are you now and where are you originally from? - I'm originally from Vienna, but spent half my childhood in the US and now currently living in Berlin.
How did you get into acting? - I'm fascinated by people and their stories and the closest I can get to understanding another human being is embodying them and speaking their words. It’s the ultimate act of empathy. Plus, I love the fact that it's one of the very few art forms you can only accomplish with other people. Every single person is necessary to make a movie or a play happen, including the audience.
How would you define the German film industry to an actor who is interested in coming over there? - It's a very vibrant enviroment right now, with a lot of international productions. But I can't say I'd recommend it to an actor who does not speak native German.
What advice do you have for expat actors? -Go to every little film festival around you and network. Get into voice work for money and think about your most stereotypical casting type. For example, if you're a young dude, you'll be most likely asked to play an Amerian soldiers at some point, be in shape for that.
What's your relationship like with your manager and agent? - I would say my relationship with my agent and my manager is very friendly but still very professional. Yes, they want to know what I'm going through but it's not endless personal conversations, which I think is the perfect mix.
German presenter and actress, Mo Asumang, says that the film industry needs to be a role model for integration. How do you feel about this statment? - I think TV and cinema are a heightened reflection of reality and can help people get used to a changing idea. When I was a kid there used to be a joke that you know it's the future if, in a film, the president is either black or female. At least one one of those things has happened.
What is your best and worst experience on set? - My best experiences on set have always been when I truly connected with other actors and when I'd see how excited the director was about seeing me play the part. My worst experience was when an actor I was working with was "into" me and kept wanting to stay physically close even after the director called “cut.” When I told him off, he stormed dramatically off set. The director was a bit spineless, I actually had to go run after the actor and calm him down, help him "deal" with the rejection.
Where do you see yourself in five years? - I see myself being part an ensemble international Netflix or Amazon show. I would love it!
To be in something either taking place during another time or in another world.
Could you tell us what it means to be type cast in Berlin? What types of roles do you usually get? - I have rarely played a German in a German production. Since I have changed agencies I finally audition for those productions but since I have only gone for leads, because of the way I look, the roles usually went to more well known actors. I would be happy to audition for a day player part in a TV show but I have so far not had the opportunity. I’ve played the pretty American girl over and over - Instagrammer, student, the hot girl. I've played stripers and prostitutes. For a while I had very short hair to combat that but it did not work for me, sadly.
How do you feel about glass ceilings? - Where your focus goes, your energy flows. Being an actor can be hard even when you are a good-looking white male actor - don’t get me wrong, they have it the easiest but let’s not confuse easiest with easy. Therefore I believe to focus on what is possible rather than what is not, to put in the extra mile and live as if there is no glass ceiling.
What is your ultimate goal as an international actor in Berlin? - That’s a hard one. Work really is what I want. I want to create a life where I live off work I'm proud of and play characters that inspire other people to think about the world around them differently. I would also eventually like to write and produce my own films and TV shows. I'm currently working on a TV script but rewriting takes a lot of discipline and teaches me again that the gap between talent and success is hard work.
Katharina Sporrer is the poise of the German film industry. Her open-minded attitude has kept her working, emotionally grounded and well connected. She couldn't have said it better, "Where your focus goes, your energy flows." The Blue-Eyed Lottie...staring down the barrel of success.
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