What is the best thing that I love about my work? I am working as an actress, I work as a voice over artist, and I have a production company, so I work as a producer. I love that I am bringing something to life. I am there, when an idea turns into a script, and I am there when the script turns into a movie and the story comes to life. I love the flexibility I have; I love the stress and I love that I feel like I am always one phone call away from a completely different life.
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What is my idea of happiness? When I am on a film set, I feel so alive. I love the energy; I love watching the different departments working together and the hectic. Whenever I am lucky enough to be on a film set, I remember why I am doing what I am doing, why I am writing all those emails, getting all the rejection, being reachable 16 hours a day. When I am not on a film set, then happiness for me is being open to whatever comes around the corner. Happiness is being able to have a piece of cake in the afternoon and playing Mario kart with my boyfriend.
What is my greatest fear? My greatest fear is rejection, which is quite funny, because as an actress I get rejected numerous times a day. When you put yourself out there, and you are actually a working actress, you get to audition for all these amazing projects, and sometimes it works, you get the part, but a lot of times you won’t get it and you will never find out why. Maybe the casting director will remember you though and give you another part if you are lucky. So, rejection is definitely part of the game, and I am actually quite proud that I put myself out there every day.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I deplore in myself that I’m sometimes very “German” and that I first want to understand and secure everything before I say “yes” to something. Sometimes I would like to be less hesitant and fuller of optimism. In our production company White Silhouette Productions, I work together with three wonderful filmmakers from India. Sometimes it is quite good that I ask uncomfortable questions and check everything carefully before we start, but I can definitely learn from the others, to be more optimistic and to be more relaxed.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Jennifer Lawrence as she is so humble and yet so confident. As a producer I admire Mindy Kaling (Kelly – The Office) because she is doing exactly what I want to do: Acting and Producing at the same time.
What is my greatest extravagance? Hahaha, sleep. Before I sleep, everything must be perfect. My bed has to be comfortable, my skin creamed, I have to watch a series on the side, and it can’t be too dark, but I still need time to calm down emotionally. That’s why it will never happen that I take an afternoon nap, it just takes me far too long to fall asleep and you won’t experience that I just sleep on the couch at my friends’ places.
On what occasion would I lie? Integrity is the highest value for me, so I actually try to be honest at any given point. BUT I hate being late. I hate, hate, hate it. So I would lie then probably. As soon as I’ve stood at a traffic light for a minute too long, I can say that I’ve been stuck in traffic the entire time. But as I said, trying to not be late and also trying to not be so hard on myself, if I am late to something.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? That plans are constantly changing. A location cancels, an actor has other plans, the days of shooting change, the times change, and I can’t even remember when I’ve been on vacation without having to end it early. My boyfriend is also an actor, so both of us have things coming up all the time – which is great but makes it a little difficult to plan.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I filmed 15 episodes of a German series in the lead role. That was one of the best and most intense times of my life. We were on set every day for 4 months and at 11pm when I got home, we got the script changes for the next day and I had to get up super early the next morning to continue shooting. That was the time when I learned the most as an actress. At the end of the shooting, I just read the scenes once and knew the entire text. I will be eternally grateful for this experience.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I would like to focus more on one thing. I’m currently doing something, I get voice messages and emails that I answer quickly, I give brief feedback on other appointments and I’m constantly on my cell phone. It would be nice if I had the discipline to just focus on one thing, even if it was spending time with my friends without constantly answering text messages on my cell phone.
What is my greatest achievement in work? I was casted to play the leading role as an actress in several series and I was able to play a supporting role on Das Boot and witness a 1940s shoot. As a producer, it’s definitely my first short film running on Disney+ in India since October 2022. Our own film that we put years of work into.
Where would I most like to live? I have already moved from my home country to the country that inspires me the most, both professionally and privately: the Czech Republic. I want to continue living in Prague for the next few years and am so grateful every time I step outside my door and see how beautiful and magical this city is.
What is my most treasured possession? I really don’t want to say my laptop, but yes, unfortunately it is my computer. I take it with me everywhere and it allows me to be so flexible and work from anywhere. Otherwise, my ice skates, because ice skating also makes me feel very alive.
What is my most marked characteristic? I always carry a bottle with frozen water with me, because I love when it melts and I have access to ice cold water.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Prague is full of history and inspiring locations. My favourite place to be is at the top of Vitkov Hill in the park by Jan Žižka’s war memorial and looking out over Prague.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? My favourite restaurant in Prague is Kathmandu, a Nepalese restaurant. And I am particularly proud that the owner now knows my order and that I automatically get a portion of Veg Momo when I enter the restaurant.
What books influenced my life and how? I have read many very inspiring German books. Books about the Second World War and the post-war period have had the greatest impact on me, as my family experienced them so closely and it was always exciting for me to compare their war experiences with those from books and to get a feeling for the uncertainty and fears for the future.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Before every audition I’ve ever had in my life, I listened to DJ Khalid’s “All I do is win”, so maybe the song. On my last day I would probably also listen to Ellie Golding’s version of Elton John’s “Your song” because the song is full of love and peace.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? 100% Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My heroes are all the people who dare to tell their stories, spread coaching wisdom, or show their shortcomings on social media or in real life so that a large mass of the population gets an idea of personal development and gets the chance to forgive all alone: yourself, life, parents, whoever.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? The Danish girl. Very touching and very important topic.
What role play stories in my life and work? I work with stories. Sometimes I’m part of a story with my role and I’m allowed to think about who my role is, sometimes I tell stories myself in my films. So stories play a very big role in my life.
What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? We all write our own story and I wish so much that all people see themselves as the main role in their lives and that they dare to say what they want and allow themselves to dream again. I see so many people who finally admit at the age of 60-70 that they always wanted to be an actor, but never dared and must do it now and I think it’s really great to still dare to start something new at that age.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? I have a friend who I have sent my goals for the week to every Monday for several years and she sends me hers. It’s always so inspiring how we wish each other success and ask if something doesn’t work, or we don’t get in touch. I am so thankful to have someone whom I wish success from the bottom of my heart, and they do too. My boyfriend is my greatest emotional support, especially when I’m close to deadlines and I hope that I am his too.
Which people or companies would I like to work with?
Hanna Behr – she brings so much value with her theatre projects to so many people
Iris Baumüller – a German casting director who also gives unknown faces a chance and who gave me
a lot of inspiration during drama school
In the Czech Republic:
Maya Kvetny – Amazing Casting director with so much love for people. Would love to learn from her.
Vansh Luthra – Creates the craziest opportunities everywhere
Martina Babišová– A great rising actress who is not only super talented but also fun to play and
What project am I looking forward to work on? I’m looking forward to creating our first feature film and to this intense process. I’m looking forward to my next projects as an actress and to being able to see my voice over recordings and shoots from last year soon.
Where can you see me or my work? You can find a TV Show where I played the lead on the German streaming platform TV Now. It’s called Abschlussklasse. You can watch the American show “Hanna” or the German movie “Misfit” on Amazon Prime, or you can watch my own movie that I produced on Disney+ in India, it’s called Destination Paradise.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? When you have a heart’s desire, you have that desire, that dream, for a reason. The wish chose you because you are able to fulfill it. I wish that more people, including myself, believe more in themselves and in their possibilities and allow themselves again to live passionately and to go for their dreams. Then the passion really won’t retire.
Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?
How can you contact me? Over my website: Julieweber.eu or over my agent Actors Management Katharina Wonneberger.