By Jean-Paul Eliard
The May 27th 2020
Hi Christiane, I'm very happy to do this interview. And I hope this finds you and yours safe and healthy.
All safe and healthy, yes, thank you !
What can you tell us about your character Ingeborg in TV Series Parlement (2020– ) ?
Ingeborg is a very powerful German adviser in the EU parliament, who really loves the EU and deeply believes in its idea.
She is not a very nice or friendly person, but smart, strong and manipulative. Her colleague describes her as the „nightmare of the witches“.
But actually all her intentions and action are for the unity of Europe against all the reactionary forces.
People: Christiane Paul, Xavier Lacaille
What did you like when you read the script ?
First I loved the highly political content, the very accurate inside look into the EU. I think it was about time to do a show, a comedy about the EU-parliament. As I read the script in a train one day, I started to laugh so very loudly that people stared at me, not understanding what was happening.
It was the dialogues. They are so
I love all the different characters with all their specialties based on the countries they come from.
I also liked that we talk in different languages in the scenes, all the time: French, English, German, Spanish...I had to talk and act in French for only the second time. That was really challenging me.
People: William Nadylam, Christiane Paul
It was wonderful to work with all the
different actors from all over Europe. Xavier was very funny and very creative, he improvised a lot, which was really great.
I also loved Lucas, who played my unfortunate colleague, who was dependent on me. He was so crazy - in a good way of course - and so funny too.
And I had the chance to work with the great Philippe Duquesne. He is a big star and such a wonderful comedian and a great clown.
I loved watching his performances. And I experienced William Nadylam’s way to work and his approach to the scenes, which was very interesting and enriching for me. We talked a lot about Shakespeare.
And of course the two wonderful young directors Émilie and Jérémie. I admired their creativity, patience and courage. I think there was a lot of pressure on their shoulders.
The series really hits the countries hard at their neuralgic points which was not without controversy. They managed this so well and implemented it perfectly.
People: Philippe Duquesne, Christiane Paul
Did you perform with your co-stars before ?
No, unfortunately not. Hopefully we all see each other again for a second season.
The filming is really in European parlement to Bruxelles ?
Yes, we were filming in Bruxelles and
Strassbourg on original locations. The building in Strassbourg is huge, you can get lost. Inside it is like a city.
It was very exciting to get to know these places from the inside.
People: Christiane Paul
How long did the shooting for the season 1 about Parlement ?
Almost 2 months last year, from October
to the end of December.
You can tell us why you don't
like sharks ? LOL :o)
Oh, I like sharks. I just think they are a political problem. But please don`t ask further, it is too complicated to explain.
Can you tell us more on your role and the storiline of your next movie Borga (Germany Film) ?
Borga is a about a young man, Kojo, from Agbogbloshie, Accra in Ghana, who comes to Germany illegally to find his luck, to become a Borga, a rich man. He illegally exports electronic scrap and struggles later with drug trafficking. At one point he meets Lina, my character, and they fall in love. But his strings to illegal jobs, the drugs and because of all his secrets, they split up. And Kojo has to decide if he wants to go on like this or to change his life.
Christiane Paul as Lina in "Borga"
People: Christiane Paul, Eugene Boateng
What is your next challenge ?
Actually I started to write a film script. I just finished the exposé, ready to work on the next level.
i Emmy Award 2016
People: Christiane Paul