Sabine Kranzelbinder plays the elf Isabella in “Grimm’s Snow White” http://wp.me/p2eH5w-1B who reluctantly works for the evil Queen, but escapes and redeems herself. Sabine is an amazing actress that has been in many plays and for the last several years has been offering German and English theatre workshops for children, youths, and adults all while raising her four and a half year old son. I’m impressed! I thank Sabine for sharing her experience while filming “Grimm’s Snow White” and about herself in general.
What were the main differences you encountered from filming a movie compared to acting on stage?
SABINE: In my opinion filming is a totally different craft. On stage you have to make sure that your emotions are seen and understood by everybody in the audience, even if they’re sitting last row stalls. Which can sometimes be quite far away. And you can’t shout “Cut!” and start all over again, it’s all or nothing basically. Made a mistake? Deal with it, make the best of it. What I like about doing plays is the continuity, you can really get into your character and “be” your character for whatever time the play lasts and even though it might be the same play every night it’s never the same for you as an actor/actress cause your feelings are never 100% the same. But filming has other qualities. It’s nice to be able to look at the scene you’ve just done and then try again and maybe do it all different. I think the people on set are more spontaneous than theatre people – it’s possible to add lines, change scenes and even characters etc. You can’t really do that with a Shakespeare play (although it would certainly be funny if Romeo didn’t kill himself in the end and just ran off to marry someone else). And from my experience the playwrites that are still alive don’t like it very much when their work is fiddled with and changed about.
Most of your acting is on the stage, why did you decide to audition for “Grimm’s Snow White?
SABINE: As a bilingual actress living in Vienna it’s not that often that you get offered an audition for an international movie, most of the stuff done over here is in German. So I was quite thrilled when I heard about “Grimm’s Snow White”. I am big into fantasy movies and books, I love “The Lord of the Rings”, “The Wheel of Time”, “Game of Thrones” and such. Well – here we go, I read the script for “Snow White” and thought: I so want to be in that movie, it’s such a cool story and – oh my God – I might get elve ears! So I went to the audition, went back a few days later for a recall and in the end I got the part. Thank you, Rachel! 🙂
I give you a lot of credit going back to work three months after having your son. How difficult was that for you?
SABINE: It wasn’t too difficult, my boyfriend was on set with me and I was able to feed my baby boy whenever he was hungry. The crew was very understanding and helpful. The movie was shot in summer by a beautiful lake so my men went for many a good walk and got lots of fresh air 😉 My son is my life but Acting too – it’s my passion and without it I’d be very very unhappy.
Where you excited to film a movie for The Asylum in your home country? Were you the tour guide for the cast and crew not from Austria?
SABINE: Yeah, I was really excited! Unfortunately we didn’t have so much time off. The people on set were a mixture of people from Austria and abroad so Jane, Eliza, Jamie & co had plenty of people to show them cool places in and around Vienna. I showed them a few bars myself 😉 I am so grateful to have done this movie, I had so much fun. I met so many wonderful people and between Jane (March) and me there will always be a special bond (not quite like the one shown in the movie ;-)). Rachel Lee Goldenberg is such a great director, she is so young but so very talented and even stays calm when everybody else goes crazy. I am a very lucky girl.
Your son is around five years old now, how has motherhood been?
SABINE: The first 3 years it was really exhausting, my son didn’t like to sleep very much or very long and that was definitely something to get used to (it’s still crazy, he wakes up at 5:30h in the morning!). But my son is a gift, he is beautiful and healthy and funny and I could never ever be without him anymore. My boyfriend helps me a lot but we don’t have a nanny and mostly rely on relations if we want some time for ourselves. It’s not easy but, hey, life wouldn’t be that exciting if it was.
Obviously Sabine is quite an amazing person and you can see more of her on her website and if you’re a parent in the Vienna area check out her website for the theatre workshop. Also, keep an eye on her IMDB and hopefully we’ll see her in more Asylum movies!