We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna-Katharina Benz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna-Katharina, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
getting excited for a role. Imagining and manifesting every part of the process that brings me joy and makes me smile. To me there is no better motivator. Getting excited like that about whatever job or part you get will give you energy and imagination that just stands out and becomes contagious. It makes you want to put more work in than other actors. Discipline and some sort of meditation/breath work. Being able to ground yourself in reality and being calm collected and professional, to me is a crucial step 2. It lets you channel that excitement and gives you focus and intent. Being good to myself and my body. Caring for your mental and physical health on your off days is just as important as all the work you do on your on days.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
coming from a Swiss German background I am very proud of my work ethic. Discipline in the work space an professionalism is really important to me when I collaborate with other creatives and that’s why I want to give it back to the people that I work with. Staying true to myself in that way (even when it sometimes wasn’t considered to be “cool”), has brought me to the place I’m at in my career now and it has given me the opportunity to grow and continue to grow, into the person I have become and want to be, professionally and personally. I like to be over prepared and research more than I need to. I like to be early on set and prepare myself mentally and physically. I love this job and I love being passionate about every project I get to do, it’s that love, excitement and knowledge that you bring on set that will set you apart no matter what.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First brunch at Aroma Cafe in North Hollywood. It has the most beautiful outside and inside seating area and makes you feel like you’re in some sort tropical paradise garden. It’s absolutely stunning and on top of that the food is really good as well. I would absolutely take a day trip to the Getty Villa and Museum. With all the gorgeous roman architecture, photo ops and the seemingly endless collection of art, time just flies by. Another place I would take a friend for a day to just hang out is Zuma Beach in Malibu. There is a little trail that leads you on top of Point Dume and it is by far one of my favorite places to go to for some time out. The beach is usually not that crowded and it’s a much better alternative to Santa Monica or Venice Beach in my opinion. I’d take her to Otus Cafe in Hollywood for some lunch. It’s a real gem and not a lot of people know about it but it has some of my favorite Thai food and beverages and I went there almost every day to study when I was still in school because the atmosphere was so wonderful. We’d end the weekend with a fancy dinner at Firefly in Sherman Oaks.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to shout out my coach Alex Wright. She is such an inspiration and has been the best coach to me I could hope for. As a successful working actress and wonderful human being I look up to her in so many ways and am so grateful I get to grow and learn from her.
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