Hannah Herzsprung is one of the most famous German actresses of our time and let us peek into her closet during our interview
Google Hannah Herzsprung and you will find everything about her very impressive repertoire of films and the prizes she’s won for them. You will also find countless photos of an elegant young woman who dominates the red carpet with a special grace. She is always confident in her style, and you can tell that she feels comfortable under the flashing lights. Look for the private Hannah, though, and you won’t find much. On Instagram, you will find a lot of hashtags about her, beautiful posts by her stylist Leena Zimmermann, and even four fan profiles.
Long before this interview, I had asked myself why this incredibly warm, empathetic, and open Hannah protected her private life so much in the age of social media and in a society changing towards complete transparency. After all, not everyone is lucky enough to call her a friend.
But, back to the beginning: I can still remember every detail of the first time we met in person. The plan was to talk about her favorite designers and looks for a Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot on the phone. I had been a huge fan of her and her work since her very first role as Mimi in my then-favorite series “Aus heiterem Himmel” (Out of the Blue), and I was so excited. But when she almost immediately complimented my white sneaker look, it threw me – and the resulting photos – completely off track.
And so we (I speak for the entire hey woman! team) dreamt of getting Hannah to be our first Woman We LOVE in moving-images, and we were on cloud nine when she immediately said yes. Dear Hannah, we are very grateful that you have given us special insight into your life, your personal side, and, above all, your closet.
I find it even smarter that you make so little of your private life public: as an incredible woman who plans and prepares for every detail of each role (yes, Hannah is a Virgo!), who keeps records with all of her scripts and includes thoughts, photos, and memories – she wants to be a blank canvas for her viewers, so they do not confuse her with the image they may already have of her. Thanks to her extraordinary talent, she was able to turn her main hobby into a career.
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Fun fact: As I watched the films and series that I had not seen or had not seen in a long time in preparation for the interview, I was haunted by the beautiful images from “Beloved Sisters,” the funny moments from “Weissensee,” and other dramatic moments, without thinking for a second of the private Hannah, the one I know in real life.
I also found it comforting that she loves to go to the movies at least once a week (she loves the atmosphere in the theater), and that she can completely enjoy it and be in the moment – without analyzing and nit-picking, as is easy to do as an actress.
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Hannah has just finished filming her role in the series Berlin Babylon. It is a project by Achim von Borries, Hendrik Handloegten, and Tom Tykwer, set in Berlin in the 20s. But she is already in the middle of her next project: the film adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera, together with Lars Eidinger.
At this rate, it goes without saying that for Hannah, having a private life feels like a luxury holiday. But quite selfishly I think to myself: the more she works, the more great things we get to see from her – and not only on screen but also on the red carpet at all the following premieres. Because that, friends, is my hobby!
My favorite red-carpet moments:
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Video: Katinka Omir
Photography: Lina Zangers
Hair & Make-up: Stella von Senger
Translation: Leah Morano
Born and raised in Munich/Germany, Veronika’s professional career has developed from being a model to a fashion editor, to online luxury retailing and most recently style editor of Harpers Bazaar Germany. She currently lives in Berlin where in the beginning of 2015 she started a company with Julia Knolle, the ex-editor at large of Vogue Digital.
Oh, and she loves pugs!