Interview With Falk Hentschel | Living My Dreams

We all want to feel good, happy, joyful, satisfied and our habits of thoughts are directly linked to all those emotions. Understanding that, we can deliberately make the decision now, and moving forward to seek the best and most beautiful in everything and everyone around us. When we focus on thinking thoughts that feel good to us, we will act through inspiration and speak words filled with joy. Hence, things will flow with ease, the energy will fly high and all creative juices will be running to, and from you.

Actor Falk Hentschel, who can be seen as Hauptsturmführer Topf in the upcoming Universal Pictures film Welcome to Marwen, which will premiere in theaters on December 21, 2018, reveals: “The trick is to somehow get out of your own way and to stop old thought patterns that no longer serve you.  But if you manage to do that, I truly believe that anything you can dream can become a reality.”


Introduction  

  • Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Falk Hentschel?

A kid who constantly wants to play in a sandbox with his friends. Can I just say that I spent some time on your website and I’m in love with the travel section?!  The Flåm Railway looks incredible.

  • At age of 14, you started ballroom dancing, the beginning of your career as a professional dancer. How has the awareness of the movement of your body in connection with a dance partner contributed to your acting?

To me dancing always carries a certain sexual energy with it.  Let me define what sexual means to me in this context. It stands for a very deep and trusting connection between either two people or you and your own body. Unfortunately, we only seem to connect sexuality to intercourse and “sex” related things these days.  But it’s so much more than that and a big part of who we are as humans.

So in acting, I try to represent as complete a human as possible.  I try to represent the mind, the heart, the soul and also the body of the person I’m playing.  Dancing has given me the opportunity to get very comfortable with my body and sexuality, so if it’s needed for a role, I think it’s easier for me to access.

  • When you moved to LA, you taught dance classes while auditioning for the right opportunity. When was the moment you felt you fully transitioned to being an actor?

I auditioned for Justin Timberlake’s “Future, Sex, Love” tour and I didn’t get it.  To me, J.T. was the only thing left that I wanted to do as a dancer. Everything else didn’t hold much excitement anymore.  So I figured it’s time to get out of my dance shoes and put on the acting cap full time. So I went back to my childhood dream and never looked back.

Photography by Maarten Deboer

Entertainment Industry

  • You were born and raised in Germany where the entertainment industry must be quite different from the United States. How has the combination of both nourished you as an actor?

I’ve never acted in Germany until recently and I have yet to take on a German role in Germany.  But I think that having been born in one culture and then having adapted to a new one has made me who I am.  So it affects not just my acting but my entire view of the world.

  • The entertainment industry has expanded tremendously bringing more opportunities for exposure to international talents. Why do you think this change is happening?

New technology is probably the biggest reason. We now have access to entertainment from other places that we simply didn’t have before.  I also think it’s refreshing to watch storytelling done from another culture’s perspective. It’s new and exciting.

  • Has the experience of writing, producing and starring in your own series of short films influenced your belief in succeeding?

It’s definitely taught me a lot about the process of filmmaking.  I got to know all the difficulties other departments have to deal with and how a performer can help make it a smoother process.  Just sitting in the editing room alone was a huge lesson. Making those films gave me confidence in the sense that I now know that worst case scenario I can “play” without having to be hired by Hollywood.  It makes me feel independent and calmer.

Acting

  • How would you describe the moment you feel best channeling your art through acting?

From “action” to “cut” is one of my favorite moments on set.  No matter how much you prepared and no matter how experienced you are, all you can do is be in the moment. I also love the blocking process when everyone comes together to figure out how to bring the story to life. You’re constantly discovering, seeking and playing. The best part is that you do as a group, a community.

  • You can be seen in the upcoming Universal Pictures film Welcome to Marwen, which will premiere in theaters on December 21, 2018. What resonates most with you in the film, and what’s the message behind its story?

To me, it’s all about the courage to be yourself against all adversity and the healing power of art. Mark is a true hero, someone who doesn’t give up on his true self even after having been a victim of such horrific violence. I strive to be myself to the fullest wherever I can but it’s not always easy. Fear of judgment or being cast out can really dampen one’s authenticity.  Mark’s story is a reminder to take courage and stay true to who you are. At least that’s what I took from it.

  • Hauptsturmführer Ludwig Topf is the “villain” character you play in Welcome to Marwen. What was the process of studying and becoming him like?

I spent a lot of time trying to find a way to relate to Mark’s attacker who is brought to life in Marwen as Hauptsturmführer Topf.  That was a tough thing to do. But I decided that ultimately my character is jealous of Mark’s courage to be himself. Deep inside, he wished he was that brave and free.  So, therefore, he had to teach Mark a lesson, cause otherwise, he would have had to confront his own demons. Now obviously, I have no idea if that’s what went through the attacker’s mind but it helped me play him. I always need to find a way to empathize with the character no matter who they are.

  • What excites you most about being part of “Welcome to Marwen” and its cast?

Getting to watch Bob Zemeckis’ work and be a part of the puzzle was magical.  He was a conductor and we were all his instruments. He was very generous, an amazing communicator and knew exactly what story he wanted to tell. Yet still he allowed us to express ourselves freely and contribute to the project.  It was invigorating and exciting to come to set every day. It was like playing in a sandbox with my friends.

  • What other thrilling projects are you working on at this time?

I’m currently shooting a show called “Spides.”  It’s a Sci-fi thriller show in the vain of body snatchers, set in gritty modern-day Berlin. Nora, the main character, played by Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, wakes up from a coma, from having taken a mysterious new drug. When Nora sets out to discover what happened to her, she begins to unravel a conspiracy of aliens who are using a synthetic drug to infiltrate humans to use as host bodies. I play a Narc who is following this new drug down a rabbit hole he could have never even imagined.

Photography by Maarten Deboer

Life

  • What is the biggest lesson in life you have learned so far?

That all you have is this very moment and to squeeze it for all it has to offer.

Good Soul

  • Are you involved in any charity organization or humanitarian cause you would like to mention?

I’m in the process of choosing one.  I wanna make sure that whatever I get behind is something extremely personal to me.  Something I can represent truthfully.

Close Up

  • The spirit of The Hedonist Magazine is “The Essence of a Joyful Living.” How does Joy during the creative process affect your own experience and in consequence the final manifestation of your actions?

Having Joy flow through you while in the creative process is the greatest gift you can get.  When I feel that way I know that everything is gonna work out just fine. Things always work out when I come from a place of joy.  Manifestations created from a place of joy are the best kind.

  • When you hear: “You can be, do and have anything you want,” words by Abraham Hicks.  What is your take on such a statement?

I’m very familiar with Abraham Hicks’ teachings.  I think it makes a lot of sense. The trick is to somehow get out of your own way and to stop old thought patterns that no longer serve you.  But if you manage to do that, I truly believe that anything you can dream can become a reality.


 Falk Hentschel
Photography by Maarten Deboer