Instead I ended up studying International Business in Utrecht (the Netherlands) and Nice (France), went on to work in Munich (Germany) in Marketing, continued studying International Relations in Madrid (Spain) and became a researcher in the field of Bilateral Development Aid. Yet the idea of pursuing a career in acting never abandoned me. So at the age of 25 I decided it was time to give this dream a fair shot and enroll in dramaschool.
Despite this relatively late start in acting, it also came with an advantage – I had travelled the world, had an apprehensive cultural understanding of different cultures and customs and now spoke five languages. There is power in speaking five languages.
As an actor, I love challenges. The characters that read like an insurmountable challenge make me feel both nervous and scared. That’s when I know I have to dive in. It’s the ones that frighten me the most, the ones where I wonder how they even thought of me to play them – those are the ones that put me on full alert, that make me question my normality and that teach me the most.
How do I see myself and what do I contribute as an actor? I love both comedy and drama in equal measure, and I bring both with the same authenticity. I consider myself to be a professional chameleon and dare anyone to scrutinize my work and find two characters that are even remotely the same. So there it is: I love what I do, I do what I do very well and I do it in five languages.