Point of View – Marcel Miller – Hollywood loves him, too


Marcel Miller wurde 1980 in Berlin geboren. Er besuchte die Schauspielschule für Film und Fernsehen in Köln, absolvierte ein Workshop »Camera Acting« bei Nick Dong-Sik und Tom Dokupil, die Sprachausbildung bei Johannes-K. Prill und bei Othmar Hitzelberger den Workshop »Regie« und studierte letztlich direkt im Anschluss an der renommierten UCLA in Los Angeles.

Front Steffen Hoeft, Duesseldorf

Jörn Steitbürger, Cologne

The dark-blonde, handsome, likeable and even cheeky actor brings the best conditions with him when it comes to the highly demanded and versatile environment of the acting industry. Not only is he a very talented singer (tenor voice, trained), but also he is applicable when it comes to playing music instruments, such as accordion, piano, keyboards, drums or dancing. Surprisingly, he also fulfills other athletic criteria’s like riding (dressage and show jumping), archery, martial arts, as well as skiing, tennis, canoeing and also basketball is familiar to him. For the international casting of the role of Spartacus, he was drilled by his Personal Coach in a sweaty bodybuilding program under related. He can be proud of the result!

Nik Konietzny, Berlin

Elle:
A question you always hear and even if you will probably roll your eyes. You will not be spared: How did you get into the film business?

Marcel Miller:

Unfortunately, I can not answer this question in a short and concise manner. Short history prejudge: No, I did not always wanted to be an actor. My childhood dream was to work as exactly the same as my grandpa, a pastry chef.

But I still somehow had the spectacle has always been in me. Costumes and dressing up as a kid was the greatest thing for me. As a teenager, I celebrated slogan parties with my friends. We dressed up like “Steve Urkel” with old suits from the 50s. We put on wigs and horn-rimmed glasses and drove in the city to muck around people. Today I know that this improvisation is an integral crux of acting training.

Ok, back to the topic. I’ve come to the play on the modeling, and I was forced to more or less. Friends from the youth always tried to motivate me to try modeling. Eventually we were on such a time in HH model party and they put me in front from one Booker’s nose. He looked deep into my eyes and said: „Next week, Tuesday you’re with me in my office in Hamburg.“ No idea why, but it made quite an impression and I actually went there. We shot photos, which I liked, and 3 weeks later I had my first job, a fashion show. Although, I was too short for modeling, it seemed to be the case that the customer was still pleased with me. Well, honestly it was the money, it was finally 600DM (300€ / $450) per day and all the nice or rather less nice but pretty damn good-looking girls.

Shortly thereafter I was asked if I would be interested to work as an actor too. I just answered with: „Sure. If there are hanging up so many beautiful girls and if I’ll get paid as well as a model.” So how could I resist such great offer ? Acting was completely different but I immediately loved it. I played the first episode starring roles for television and worked alongside my main profession. I worked for a pharmaceutical company as an assistant cooperating with the marketing and sales management department. I cared for pharmacies in North and Central Germany. Thanks to Mr. Peter Schoeneck it was a unforgettable moment of time, by which he also helped me to step up in my present career as an actor. Therefore, in 2004 I decided to quit my main profession and continued to deepen my passion for acting in film. I moved to Cologne and started something from which I initially had no idea.

Nik Konietzny, Berlin

Elle:
Since 2004 your life has been very restless. You commute between Europe and America. Working both in America, and here in Europe in movies. Isn’t it difficult to schedule and coordinate all the appointments and shooting dates?

Marcel Miller:

It would be difficult however very often. Luckily, I have such a great and fantastic team working for me. Additionally to the agents that represent me globally (in 8 countries), I also have other wonderful people who help me to keep my back free. Starting from my accountant, my manager to my wonderful and very hardworking assistant Friederike Liemandt. My small company now includes 17 busy Bees who fight for my career.

Huong Son Chu, Cologne

Benjamin Tietge, New York City

Elle:
I was impressed by including the war film „Appassionata“ very much. Have you personally a genre in which you play the most and how do you prepare yourself for your roles?




Marcel Miller:
I love it to watch dramas. Same in business. I’m a drama queen – actually, I am mostly requested and booked for dramas. It is important to me that the role is alien to myself. Yes. So, how do I prepare for roles? I break the characterization of the character into small pieces, so I can build closer connections and emotions to myself. Of course, it still must be on the brief and has to be strictly based on what emerges on the screenplay and the main requirements fulfilling the role itself. The audience should be able to sympathize and feel with the character I play. It can not be brought out by the fact that the authenticity is lacking.

After working all of that out, the unpleasant part is soon to come. Learning lines! Yes, I hat to learn my lines. Anyway, after conquering the annoying part of learning lines, I am emotionally able to let the fun begin.

Matthias Gaggl, NYC

Elle:
Acting does not mean simply learning text by heart. You are highly demanded. Must have learned both emotionally fit with voice and appearance convey credibility to the fellow actors and adjust the director while acting in different scenes. Which part is the hardest for you personally.

Marcel Miller:

You want to hear it again, right? :) I hate it to learn my lines! In addition to the work in front of the camera I love researching and mastering the character. Voice and emotions come with the work, I’m considering not like before I say something, but I know and I can feel when the mood finally hits me and I can totally turn into my given character.

This is actually quite simple to explain. Look, if you’re sad and close to tears, then you can realize it in your voice and maybe in tears or not. You can see it often that actors cry because they want to or have to cry because it is written or basically one of the requirements within the certain parts of the script. Sometimes, it happens that the emotion don’t connect with the voice of even facial gesture, so if the person then suddenly starts to cry the whole acting becomes surreal. Therefore, the tricky part is that everything fits and connects well together.

For example, in one of my films I had to do a scene where I was deathly sad. I cried, but there was a brief moment of laughter because the character was in all the deep sadness still happy about the redemption through the death of her mother.

Matthias Gaggl, NYC

Elle:
What is the meaning of stage and film acting for you?

Marcel Miller:

One thing I can. The other I can not. I’m a movie man. In 2010 I got a commitment for the lead part role in the Karl May’s „Half blood“. I accepted and had to play after a short time to admit that I simply can not fulfill what was required. I’m not an extrovert and it is very hard for me to present myself to be correspondingly large as is required in the theater. In front of the camera it is different, because I can live the character to the fullest. You take a close up if you want to see what I feel. But how to take a close up in a 8000 people outdoor stage.

I love to work in front of the camera. The emotion which is captured by a „Close Up“. To see what the person feels straight without losing it even a word.

Matthias Gaggl, NYC

Elle:
You was a few days in Germany and you are going back to New York City now. Which film project is your next and can tell you a little more?

Marcel Miller:

I’m currently in Milwaukee. I work on my new U.S. film, called „Touch“. This is the tentative title. We say working title (WT). Sometimes, it is the final title- sometimes they change it once again before the final release.

At the moment, I’m working parallel for two international film projects. „Touch“ (WT) and „Cuckoo“ (WT). One is a thriller, the other one a drama. Interestingly, both characters allow me to play completely new characters- I’ve never played before. I play the lead part in both films. Unfortunately, I can not reveal any more details here.

Matthias Gaggl, NYC

Elle:
You grew up in a loving foster family. It touches you personally very much if children grew up in an unloved and with unsuitable environment need. You are ambassador for Kidsaid e.V. What kind of an organization and how do it help?

Marcel Miller:

Yes I’m a total family man and am already looking forward to have my own little family and my farm someday in the near future. To have my own farm is one of my main goals, as I grew up on a farm and it is still one of my deepest and perfect childhood memories. In some year’s time, I want to create my own family, get kids and provide them with exactly the same wonderful childhood experiences I had back then.

Kidsaid – In addition to my wonderful colleague Tiana Pongs, I am committed alongside the equally hard-working and dedicated minds of the organisation as an ambassador. Kidsaid stands up for children in need. We have set ourselves the task of helping children and again put a smile in their faces. We support sustainable sponsorships for children in developing countries. Our special attention is paid for children in Latin America, Asia and Africa. We receive funds through individual donations and alongside we also run online auctions with celebrities from sports, media and culture, whose proceeds are donated to 100%.

Kidsaid takes over the sponsorship for a child only if the funding is guaranteed until the age of majority in order to help the children and of course do not want to dump them down after a few years.

A sponsorship is not so expensive and it helps a lot. What are 25.00€ ($37) a month? How quick do we waste that amount of money for nothing really special? Once a month less to go to the disco or a restaurant visit and in a few months is already born and another child’s smile. That shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

Further information: http://www.kidsaid.eu

Matthias Gaggl, NYC

Elle:
Thank you very much for this great interview.


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