TheSkyKid.com talked to the 14-year-old actor Leonard Proxauf, who stars in the Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning film The White Ribbon and the artful fairytale from Germany Nevermore. In the interview, below, SK: will indicate the questions posed by theSkyKid.com and LP: the replies by Leonard Proxauf.
SK: Leonard, how did you get into acting and how did you get the role in Nimmermeer (Nevermore)?
LP: I started acting because of my mother, who is an actress herself, that made me curious and I wanted to try it out and my mother helped me to get my first audition and then I was cast for the role in Nimmermeer.
SK: What did you enjoy most about the script in Nimmermeer?
LP: I liked the story of Nimmermeer. I liked the complete script.
SK: How old were you when you filmed Nimmermeer?
LP: At that time, I was nine years old.
SK: Did you read the script of Nimmermeer alone?
LP: No. I read the script together with my mother.
SK: What else do you like to watch?
LP: I like action movies and comedies.
SK: You like comedies, but so far you’ve played rather difficult roles! How did that happen?
LP: I don’t know. Maybe I have a better talent for serious acting, but I would also like to play comedies.
SK: How do you prepare yourself for the challenging roles?
LP: I don’t really prepare so much prior to my difficult roles — just learning my text, of course, and thinking about it.
SK: How can you cry in front of the camera?
LP: I think I can identify myself quite well with situations and people or even fictitious people. The wardrobe lets me live my character, and the set, so I feel like the person and can just play according to the script.
SK: What do you like about acting?
LP: I really like that you can be different persons that you are not in real life or even would not like to be.
SK: Would you like to become a professional actor one day?
LP: Right now, I would like to became an actor, though I would also find it interesting to become a psychologist.
SK: Do you have any movies coming up?
LP: Yes. In the Spring of 2011, there will be a Swedish detective movie (Der Kommissar und das Meer, ZDF), with me playing the detective’s son.
SK: In what kind of films would you like to be in, in the future?
LP : In the future, I would like to try acting in comedies, in order to find out if I like this genre, and fantasy films
SK: What would you rather play, the evil or the good one?
LP: The good ones J. Well, no, I guess the evil ones. It’s more interesting.
SK: How do you cope with school and do you have a private teacher on set?
LP: Well, I usually film during holidays — mostly summer holidays. If I’m not filming during summer holidays, I get free days from school that must be made-up later, but I have no private teacher.
SK: You received a Young Artist Award a few weeks ago! What were your feelings and did you expect it?
LP: It was definitely a very good feeling and quite a surprise that I won that award. I was very happy about it and, yes, I am proud of it.
SK: Was it your first award?
LP: Yes. It was my first award.
SK: Isn’t it strange to see yourself on screen or have you gotten used to it?
LP: It’s still quite strange to see myself, even to hear my own voice. Maybe everyone knows how strange it is. I still don’t like to hear myself.
SK: You speak German. What is your first foreign language and which other language do you speak?
LP: My first language is French and my second one is English.
SK: Have you ever had an audition for a Hollywood film?
LP: Yes. I already had an audition request for a Steven Spielberg film, but decided not to go because I’m not yet advanced enough in English. I am working hard to make it to the next audition.
SK: Would you like to say something to your fans?
LP: Please follow me on Twitter