Dirk Borchardt: “I didn’t know that I could love so strongly”

The popular actor became a father for the first time this year. In the BUNTE interview, the 53-year-old talks about his new life.

Refreshingly honest, incredibly lovable and extremely likeable are qualities that apply to actor Dirk Borchardt (53) exactly. A lot has changed in the life of the successful TV star in the last two years. He has been married to his wife Katja since autumn 2021 and in the summer of 2022 the two became parents of a daughter for the first time. Now the small family dared to take the next big step in their lives and moved from the big city to the sea. In the BUNTE interview, the 53-year-old talks about his new life for the first time.

Dirk Borchardt: “I always keep a cool head”

BUNTE: In your current role at “SOKO Leipzig” (UFA Fiction) you tend to take justice into your own hands. How do you deal with stressful situations privately?

Dirk Borchardt: I actually always keep a cool head. Of course, I can get upset and loud sometimes. But I usually only need five to ten minutes to calm down.

You have a great talent for playing the bad guy. Do you also prefer these types of roles?

I always try to play the supposedly unsympathetic in a way that you sympathize with in a way. And the bad guy usually doesn’t even know that he’s bad. So for me it makes no difference when playing.

Dirk Borchardt: “Children turn their own lives completely upside down”

Have you ever been afraid of being pigeonholed?

Yes, I was afraid for a while. But since I was lucky enough to be able to choose my roles, I made sure that I played different characters. I’ve always kept my niches open and that’s why I’ve never ended up in a closed box.

You have become a dad for the first time. Is fatherhood what you expected?

Our little one has made our life beautiful. In fact, children turn their lives completely upside down. Your priorities change. But it’s really unbelievable how much love you have for your child. You can’t imagine that before.

How has your life changed because of your daughter?

In any case, everyday life is changing. We go to bed earlier, sing nursery rhymes, change nappies and, of course, admire every new step she takes (laughs). But sometimes it’s exhausting. Of course, my wife in particular does a lot more and struggles with a sleep deficit. But when I’m not shooting, I try to support her in everything.

Dirk Borchardt: “We don’t intend to restrict our child”

In an earlier BUNTE interview you once said that you allow everyone to be what they want. Do you pass this on to your child?

I guess so. My wife and I are freedom-loving parents and have no intention of restricting our child.

And what about togetherness?

We definitely still have to work on that. But we actually spend time together in many situations. We always eat together and go for a walk by the sea together almost every day.

Do you want more children?

We do not know that, yet. We’re really excited about our little one and we’ll see what the future brings.

Dirk Borchardt: “We noticed that we need more space”

Another new chapter in your life has begun. You moved from Berlin to Rügen. How did that happen?

My wife and I used to have two smaller apartments in Berlin and Vienna and as a family we realized that we needed more space. First we looked in Berlin, but it was an absolute disaster. So we made a list of places we’ve always loved to be, and that was the sea. Since I am very independent in my job and my wife is on maternity leave, we decided to go to the Baltic Sea. We now live 100 meters from the sea, it’s just great.

Did you find it difficult to leave the big city?

No, it wasn’t bad at all for me. As an actor, I’m always on the road a lot and often had to leave Berlin. I am also very close to nature and used to go to Königsheide regularly in the city to go for a walk and to have some peace and quiet.

So you’re a real islander now?

I still have to work on that too. So far, with our move and my job, it has been too busy to relax and settle into the island. But I really like the people here.

By BUNTE author Barbara Fischer