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Agent Rietz*Management And then, as if Rosendahl is still coming to terms with every- thing – “It’s now my job! Acting! I was in my last school summer holidays when we filmed, then I graduated high school and toured with the film. It just happened and here I am, working!” She admits she does “not have any concrete plans at the moment, I’m totally occupied with the film. It’s really crazy since it all started from basic curiosity.” A clearly intelligent and thoughtful young woman, Rosendahl is also in no rush. “It’s hard to say how I want to develop,” she says. “Acting is very important to me, but as to what direction … Acting gives me ways to discover myself. I’m always coming up against my limits, also when I’m confronted with other people’s stories and have to get into character. I feel LORE was also a self-discovery. I’m now at a point where I have to find out which way to go. I’m open to every experience that comes along.” Given that very healthy attitude, I pitch her a few genres. Action hero? Comedy? Horror? “I’d like to try a bit of everything!,” she laughs, “but would certainly like to try a new area. I just had a few castings, they’re still ongoing, and I’m taking my time. Things are moving. I’m being sent serious scripts and it will all start again in the spring. I’ll be making WIR SIND JUNG. WIR SIND STARK, which is being directed by Burhan Qurbani.” Rosendahl explains she has been doing sound work on her la- test film, ZUM GEBURTSTAG by Dennis Decours. “It’s a thriller, I think! The script changed every day so I don’t really know the final version. It’s a complicated story which starts in the GDR, about two friends who pacted one would pass his girlfriend to the other then would come back sometime and reclaim her. That girlfriend is my mother. Thirty years later he returns …” Rosendahl explains the filming experience was “very unique and interesting. It was great fun. The shooting was very different. With LORE, Cate was very supportive in that she held me by the hand. Here the director was keen for the performances to come from the actors themselves, so I had to find things inside myself and the results were very pleasantly surprising. Again, it was a real learning process.” How does she develop a persona for the character? Rosendahl thinks very, very carefully before replying. “I read the script,” she answers, “give it to a friend or family member to get someone else involved, then I talk about the character, try to get another viewpoint, ask what they think how the character ticks. I also want to try making notes and inventing a backstory. I was very supported on LORE so I didn’t have to do this alone. I thought that would happen with the second film but it wasn’t the case.” Things will clearly change with time and experience gained, but right now Rosendahl needs “to feel a personal connection with the director: we are working together. Cate is very teamwork oriented, I had the feeling whatever I did it wasn’t wrong and could develop from there. We could bring in a great many of our own ideas. It’s very important to be allowed to do that. Feedback is very important for me, I need to know if I am conveying what the director wants. I need some freedom but also this security, feedback. Or we sit down in the evening and can talk about it.” Rosendahl cites her admiration of Meryl Streep, but “otherwise I don’t have a favorite actor. You watch a film and it’s not just the actor, there are all the other things going on, such as the editing.” “I didn’t know before what this opportunity could release in me,” Rosendahl says. “It’s going from zero to sixty, leaping into cold water, which I really like but is not always easy. I’m endlessly grateful for it.” And her family? “They give me lots of support,” she replies. “Without it this would be really hard. I’m an actor but I want to be a person too.” Ironically, Rosendahl has already made the two worst mistakes an actor can, according to the great comedian W.C. Fields any- way, acting with children and animals, both of which she does in LORE! “Oh well, then that’s them out of the way!” she laughs. “Again, I had no experience so it was normal.” How about her newly won Shooting Star status? You know, just that word, Star. “I’m really looking forward to all the fuss,” Rosendahl admits, “but I am also happy to have a short break before it all kicks off.” They shoot a star in the air, where she lands … Saskia Rosendahl is happy regardless. Simon Kingsley  SASKIA ROSENDAHL was born in Halle in 1993 and grad- uated high school in 2012. She thought she was the only actor in the family until “My father confessed that, after school, he won a place to study acting in Leipzig but never took it up. I don’t know if acting is genetic in the family, though!” She started her career at the Opernhaus in Halle, doing “ballet with the Children’s Company, lots of of acting, then improv.” Still in Halle, she also worked at the Neues Theater. Her breakthrough came from “my ballet teacher’s daughter, who is also an actress, who told me all about agencies.” She “applied and got accepted by Rietz Management” on the strength of her ballet experience. Rosendahl’s breakthrough came with the lead role in Cate Shortland’s LORE, which won her Best Actress at the 23rd Stockholm Film Festival and has made her this year’s EFP German Shooting Star at the Berlinale 2013. GFQ 1-2013 11 ACTRESS PORTRAITLORE(photo©AdamArkapaw) ZUMGEBURTSTAG (photo©PeterHartwig/busse&halberschmidt) S.10-11_Saskia Rosendahl_Layout 1 25.01.13 09:40 Seite 2