LYP Interview #4_Hansi Jochmann

Hansi Jochmann

Profession: Actress and dubbing artist

Hansi Jochmann is a German actress, audio book voiceover artist and dubbing artist. Since the age of six she appeared on stage and in TV productions.  At the age of 20 she was invited to join the Staatliche Schauspielbühnen Berlin by Dieter Dorn, where she worked successfully for over 15 years. She performed in many television series and international films, for example in "Shining through" together with Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith. For several years Hansi has also been known as an audio book narrator; she read "Breaking News" at the request of the author Frank Schätzing.

Hansi is best known as the German dubbing voice of Jodie Foster, which she dubbed for the first time in Taxi Driver and has dubbed again and again since then. She is also committed to the hospice movement.

The following interview is loosely based on the questionnaire by Marcel Proust and was given to Quai7 in September 2020.


Quai7: How did you become the German dubbing voice of Jodie Foster?

Hansi Jochmann: A dubbing company told me that they made a mistake to let the 14-year-old Jodie Foster being dubbed by a girl the same age.

I was already 23 and I didn‘t want to dub a child anymore, because I started dubbing at the age of six. They asked me to come to the studio to watch this American girl. I was very impressed by her and from that moment, I was her German voice. During the last 34 years we met three times.

Quai7: How do you prepare for a new dubbing artist assignment?

Hansi Jochmann: I watch the original movie first and read the script. And I do not more than 100 takes per day.

Quai7: Is the preparation for an acting role different from the preparation for a dubbing role and if so, how?

Hansi Jochmann: Of course, when acting on stage or in a film you have to learn the lines. This takes a couple of days. You have to meet the make-up artist and the costume designer. For a shooting day, you get up early in the morning between six or seven. Dubbing normally starts at 9 o‘clock and ends for me after maximum 5 hours. Stage productions are totally different. It takes six weeks to rehearse, sometimes even longer. Every day the scenes are rehearsed again and again, until the first night.

Quai7: What was the best decision in your career?

Hansi Jochmann: My two children Vincent and Charlotte now 41 and 33.  For ten years I am the grandmother of Mia. And since the 18th of September of a little boy.

Quai7: What is your favourite movie and why?

Hansi Jochmann: Bridges of Madison County, because of Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. It is a bit like Somersby with Jodie Foster and Richard Gere.

Quai7: How do you manage to recall the necessary emotions demanded by the director in a particular scene?

Hansi Jochmann: In " Das Labyrinth des Schweigens" there is a scene in which my character leaves the office visibly shaken and cries at the window. I only had to listen to the answers of the concentration camp inmates and I could no longer hold back my tears. A question of concentration and imagination.

Quai7: What is so called „method acting“  and is it helpful?

Hansi Jochmann: I have no idea. Never used it.

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Quai7: Do you prefer theatre to film?

Hansi Jochmann: Definitely theatre.

Quai7: What can everyone learn from an actress?

Hansi Jochmann: Waiting.

Quai7: What is perfect earthly happiness for you? 

Hansi Jochmann: Travel and food.

Quai7: What is your favourite pastime? 

Hansi Jochmann: Cooking and travelling .

Quai7: Which book is currently on your bedside table?

Hansi Jochmann: Axel Hacke „Wozu wir da sind“.

Quai7: What qualities do you value most in other people? 

Hansi Jochmann: Honesty and loyalty. 

Quai7: Which mistakes are you most likely to excuse? 

Hansi Jochmann: Not to know me.

Quai7: Your favourite character in history and why? 

Hansi Jochmann: Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, the Princess Royal Victoria. Read her story.

Quai7: Your favourite writer? 

Hansi Jochmann: Barbara Vine (alias Ruth Rendall). 

Quai7: Your favourite composer?

Hansi Jochmann: Georg Frederic Handel.

Quai7: Your present state of mind? 

Hansi Jochmann: Yearning.

Quai7: Your motto or favourite quotation? 

Hansi Jochmann: If you are in a hurry, go slowly.

Quai7: Thanks a lot, dear Hansi Jochmann!

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