“Bergdoktor” star Natalie O’Hara reveals in an interview: She kept this fan gift

Updated on 01/05/2023 at 12:30 p.m

  • Natalie O’Hara plays innkeeper Susanne Dreiseitl in the hit ZDF series “Der Bergdoktor”.
  • In the interview, she talks about the new season and explains what she particularly likes about her role.
  • She also reveals which series colleagues she appreciates privately as close friends.

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Actress Natalie O’Hara has been part of the main cast of the successful ZDF series “Der Bergdoktor” since 2008 as innkeeper Susanne Dreiseitl. In an interview with the news agency spot on news, she tells what she thinks about her colleagues and what souvenir collection she has amassed over the years. She also reveals a few details about a heart project that has nothing to do with the series highlight.

They have been part of the “Bergdoktor” success story since 2008. What was your highlight during the shooting over the past 15 years?

Natalie O’Hara: Oh, there are so many… actually every day is a highlight because working with the main cast is so wonderful. I really enjoy playing with each of the colleagues. Everyone works a little differently, so it’s always exciting, even though we know each other so well.

And what was the highlight of filming the new season?

This season, Susanne’s story is lighter. That’s a nice change. There are several comic scenes with Hans and others, I had a lot of fun shooting it.

Natalie O’Hara reveals the “Bergdoktor” cast’s reunion ritual

Would you say that friendships were formed behind the scenes? If so, with whom are you particularly closely connected?

In any case, friendships have formed over so many years. It really is like a second family with everyone. Hans Sigl and his wife Susanne, Heiko Ruprecht and also Ronja Forcher I consider them to be close friends of mine. I am also very connected to some team members and former colleagues.

Is there some kind of reunion ritual when the annual filming of a new season begins?

As soon as possible there is an evening together on the terrace, where life is discussed over a good meal.

Do you have any souvenirs from the squadrons?

Not really. In the beginning I kept all the scripts, now they’re only available in digital form, and by now there were quite a few… (laughs) But I kept a lot of fan gifts, for example a whole fanfiction novel about Susanne. But one thing is also certain: When the series is over, I will keep one of Susanne’s dirndls for my personal collection.

Natalie O’Hara: She appreciates that about her role as Susanne

You play the innkeeper Susanne Dreiseitl. What do you like most about your role? And what about your own hostess qualities?

Susanne is a warm and open person. She loves people and is very emphatic. I especially like her cheerfulness and the ease she has when she’s not in the middle of the drama. I also enjoy having guests and cooking for others when time permits. The quality must be judged by others, but no one has ever complained. (laughs)

How often are you recognized and approached on the street for your role in the cult series?

I’m often recognized and spoken to, and that’s actually always really nice. You don’t usually get much feedback on television, only the abstract figures of the audience ratings, and when you realize in direct contact how happy people are to meet me and how much the series means to them, that’s wonderful.

On the other hand, you get very direct feedback when you are on stage in your one-person piece with piano about the pianist Alice Herz-Sommer (1903-2014). Why is “Alice – Game for your life” your heart project and how did it come about?

It has been my wish for a long time to do something about Alice Herz-Sommer. Her story and her personality is fascinating, inspiring and gives hope. I also love playing piano and classical music, and have been looking for ways to put these in a different context, beyond all U and E pigeonholes. I was originally just going to add music to a short reading from her biography, but when I asked author Kim Langner to help me, she had the crazy idea of ​​writing a one-person scenic play for me based on Alice’s story. So I accepted the challenge and worked towards it for four years with a first-class team… And the overwhelming response from the audience makes me very happy and grateful.

Actress lives ‘out of a suitcase for most of the year’

How excited are you before the performances and what helps against stage fright?

I was pretty excited at the premiere, but that’s part of it. The adrenaline also makes you concentrated and energetic, so it’s not just bad, even if it feels uncomfortable. It’s the anticipation and love that overcomes fear, so I always try to focus on the feeling of love. And my team’s belief in the project and in me was elementary to give me strength and courage. Basically, the best way to combat acute stage fright is to breathe consciously, and if necessary, sing and dance loudly.

And what feedback has particularly touched you so far?

Alice’s friends and family who have seen it so far have loved it and said Alice loved it. That’s the best feedback we can get.

You come from Göttingen and live in Hamburg. You are in Tyrol and Salzburg for a lot of filming (“Die Toten von Salzburg”). What does that mean for you?

Since I also do a lot of theatre, currently “Alice – Spiel um dein Leben” at the Hamburger Kammerspiele, but in the years before that I’ve also often been to Stuttgart and other cities, for example, so I’m just on the road a lot. It’s normal for me to live out of a suitcase for most of the year. Our “Bergdoktor” valley has become an important constant and almost a bit of home. Luckily, I like to travel and I feel very fortunate to always get to know new places and people.
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