[I’m still battered and bruised from the weekend’s skirmishes, and it all hurts pretty bad, so just a little news piece today. Sorry.]
It’s not a magazine that I am familiar with, but German fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazine Ajouré interviews BS‘s Mina Tander and asks a few questions re. BS. For those interested, I have quickly translated the important paragraphs into English. (No direct mention of RA, though.)
Mina Tander: Germany’s sunshine on cold days
Minus three degrees, ice-blue sky over Berlin and Christmas on the way. What could be better on such a day than to meet Mina Tander, just one day after her birthday !? Mina has been an integral part of German film and television for more than 20 years. She had a busy and successful 2018 and it looks as if 2019 is also going to be successful. We asked her about the new season of “Berlin Station” (…)
The third season of US spy thriller “Berlin Station” started on 5 December on Netflix. You are reprising your role as a hard-hitting agent. What can viewers expect from the new episodes?
Generally speaking, current political events are taking even more of a toll on the Berlin Station agents than in the previous two seasons. They have to learn to deal with it and at the end of the day prevent something like world war 3. As far as my character is concerned, this time the viewers will get to know another side of me. A soft and vulnerable side, so to speak. But not only such – because I am still a tough agent, at least at work.
The makers of “Berlin Station” also wanted you to keep your German accent while speaking English. Why so?
That’s true, originally they wanted me to have a slight German accent. And initially my character was not planned to be there for so long. But when the show runners decided to keep me on, it was important to them to keep my accent as subtle as possible. American audiences identify best with consistent characters, or rather: they are better for “latching on” to. If a character with a strong accent pops up suddenly, then they appear to isolated. I understand that accents should always remain subtle when you are talking recurring characters, so that the character can be understood easily, but I also think that accents are really charming, and personally I do not feel distracted by accents
Berlin is increasingly used as the location for major films from around the world. What do you think makes Berlin so attractive for US shows?
To be unsentimental about it – it’s the financial subsidies. We shot the new season in Hungary and surroundings and I realised that the German crew working for the Americans, was the best crew I have ever worked with. I also believe that the Americans appreciate how good our crews are. But apart from these rational reasons, I also believe that Berlin is simply an interesting location – for young people, older people, also for German and international artists and films. And then there is that mix of current politics and history. Berlin also has this “unfinished-ness” which many are interested in. The colleagues with whom I shot, love Berlin. They also liked Budapest, but they really mourned the loss of our capital. For the previous season, my colleagues spent a full six months in Berlin, and even after a short time there they had already found a larger number of trendy stores than I do after living in Berlin for 15 years. They somehow found out and just knew everything. The insider shops, the best bars, the coolest locations. It was incredible.
The nice thing about the last season and the upcoming one is that real friendships have actually been forged, because we were working together for the third year in a row and spent a lot of time together on the set. And friendships like these keep you going beyond the end of a series and that’s something very beautiful.
I have to say I really like Ms Tander from how she comes across in this interview. And I am glad that the showrunners decided to make Esther a recurring character. She definitely added something to the show.