Julia Jentsch about “The passport”: “Ellie is more rigorous than you might ever want to be”

Julia Jentsch about “The passport”: “Ellie is more rigorous than you might ever want to be”

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Watching you and Nicholas Ofczarek in “The Passport” is very exciting. Ellie seems physically delicate in comparison to him, but no less strong in nature. How do you manage not to fade into the background next to someone with such a strong presence as Nicholas Ofczarek?

I already had this great admiration for his work before “Der Pass”, I’ve seen him on stage quite a few times and thought he was great. That’s why I was so excited to work with him. And I think that’s how you start a joint process – with this desire to play together. And if the other person then offers you so much through their presence, their intensity and a form of challenge, sometimes even provocation, then that is ultimately only a gain that challenges you to do something to counter it. I can only say that I enjoyed it very much. At the same time, one is also looking for what characterizes one’s own character, what she wants and what special features she has. And then you just hope that there will be differences and opposite poles like the ones you described, which will make everything even more interesting and exciting.

What can your character of Ellie contribute to the ongoing feminist discourse on TV and film about women’s roles that know no clichés? How can Ellie be a role model here?

I think she can be considered a role model because she doesn’t impose any behavioral patterns and roles that have anything to do with gender. She acts to the best of her knowledge and belief. She goes through different phases in which she acts more, sometimes less correctly and in which she shows those around her that things can be done differently by taking unlawful paths. She follows this call. But not because she wants to be particularly male or particularly female. What also really interested me about this character was that Ellie acts and makes decisions as a human being and not as a gendered being and obviously feels her character detached from that. She is entitled to the same rights, duties and tasks as a man or whoever could.

What aspects of the character of Ellie did you find challenging?

In the second season, it was a challenge to find an acting version of her clinical picture: panic attacks, anxiety, something I hadn’t come into contact with before. Finding something here to show how that might express itself was something I had to work at. In season three, it was challenging to find Ellie’s tougher side and bring it out more, since she’s more of an empathetic, compassionate person. Ellie is more rigorous than you might ever want to be.

The last season of the Sky series “The Passport” will be available from May 4th.
Detectives Ellie Stocker (Julia Jentsch) and Gedeon Winter (Nicholas Ofczark) emerged from Season 2 as enemies. The murder of a colleague reverberates and creates stress and bad blood, and Winter also wants to confront the tormentor of his childhood. When a burned woman is found in the Austrian border area, her last big case begins.
In addition to Felix Kammerer, August Diehl (“Inglourious Basterds”) reinforces the dark finale, which is shaped by ancient legends, in eight episodes.

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