This is how the stars experienced the shoot

Annemarie and Wayne Carpendale are on “The Dream Ship: Coco Island”. In an interview, they reveal how they experienced the shoot.


the essentials in brief

  • Annemarie and Wayne Carpendale travel to Coco Island on the “Traumschiff”.
  • This can be seen on December 26 at 8:15 p.m. on ZDF.
  • In an interview how the shooting was.

Annemarie (45, “taff”) and Wayne Carpendale (45, “Peaceful Christmas”) can be seen on Boxing Day together in the TV movie “Traumschiff: Coco Island” at 8:15 p.m. on ZDF. For the latest edition of the popular long-term travel series (since 1981) we went to the Maldives.

How the joint “Dream Ship” commitment came about. How they were accepted into the film family. What their four and a half year old son Mads found particularly exciting in the Maldives and much more. The moderator and the actor reveal this in a double interview with spot on news.

How will you view the broadcast of your joint “Dream Ship” episode: as a couple, as a threesome, with friends?

Annemarie: Well, with the whole “big” family, to put it in Mads’ words.

Wayne: I usually find it kind of cheesy to watch your own stuff with the family. We don’t sing “Your footprints in the sand” together either. [Schlager von Waynes Vater Howard Carpendale, Red.].

Annemarie: Yes, but on Boxing Day and everyone together. So it’s just the right thing – after two days of gift and food madness – distraction at last.

Wayne: You’re right. Then let’s watch my six episodes “Peaceful Christmas” on Prime Video. Lots of tension on TV, little tension in the family.

How long did you think about filming together?

Annemarie: Not for long.

Wayne: It wasn’t so much a decision as it just happened that way.

Annemarie: The three of us were abroad anyway. Then came the call asking if Wayne could spontaneously step in for a colleague on the “Traumschiff” shoot in three days (!). It was in the middle of the pandemic and we probably wouldn’t have dared to go to the Maldives alone.

But with the production it felt good. I was able to take a few more days off from «taff». So we made a family decision that we dare the adventure together.

Wayne: And then the producer said that Anne can play a small part while she’s on the island. Normally we think twice about filming together. It worked here and we immediately found the content of the idea funny.

Annemarie: … Because of course my mini appearance also interacts with Wayne’s role.

Have you experienced the family feeling in the “Traumschiff” team that is often talked about?

Annemarie: Yes, totally. It was an enchanting little island where almost only the crew and the actors lived. So it doesn’t matter whether you were having breakfast, in the pool or on the beach, there was always filming going on right next door. That was very exciting, especially for Mads.

Wayne: Yeah, he was doing the sound and directing a lot and really soaked up the atmosphere. Which totally reminded me of my childhood, when I often accompanied my dad. And at dinner, the actors and the “Dream Ship” team then of course exchanged many legendary stories.

This team is also so unique because it has experienced so much all over the world. A lot of absurd and funny things happened there.

Annemarie: They really are everywhere. More than ten years ago, Wayne and I were driving four wheel drives in the middle of the outback in Australia. In the evening we come to a small town called Alice Springs.

Suddenly Wayne slams on the brakes, rolls down the window and says, “Ida???” Ida is one of the make-up artists from “Traumschiff”. In the evening there was a big “Hello” with the entire team and at that time Wolfgang Rademann, the inventor of “Traumschiff”. Of course, such experiences connect and make the “Traumschiff” gang so special.

Wayne, you were already on a TV cruise with Siegfried Rauch (1932-2018) and Florian Silbereisen (41) as captain. What was the biggest difference in terms of the atmosphere on board?

Wayne: The captains have a big influence on the “Dream Ship”. Sigi was the man of calm, of big, old stories. He shot a feature film in South Africa with my dad in 1984.

I did my first international production with him in Barcelona and Rome. Not least because of this, there was a close bond with him.

Florian and I have crossed paths from time to time in the past. But we only really got to know each other on the Maldives. He stands for new beginnings and new beginnings with the “Traumschiff” and is there with heart and soul. During this shoot, we often sat and chatted late into the night.

This time we went to the Maldives. How did you like it there apart from filming and were you able to enjoy the time privately?

Annemarie: We like it there – who doesn’t? One of our first holidays almost 16 years ago was there and we were there again afterwards. Once, however, I got Severe Dengue Fever from there [Virus-Erkrankung, Red.] taken home.

Wayne: That wasn’t cool at all because Anne really got it, hospitalized and all that. That wasn’t easy, back then. Now we were there again after a long time with the “Dream Ship”.

We fell in love with the islands again. Anne surprised me again a few months later for my birthday with a private trip to the Maldives.

What was an unforgettable highlight of this filming?

Wayne: Well, I don’t have to fool anyone. The “dream ship” is filmed in the most beautiful places in the world. The island was great, of course, but as Anne says, the whole setting was a highlight. My family was there. During the breaks in shooting I could always see Mads and Anne, go snorkeling with them or have lunch together…

So her son was there when we filmed it. How did you organize it on site?

Wayne: Of course he was there, as long as he doesn’t have to go to school we always travel as a family …

Annemarie: But we learned one thing again: a water villa with a large terrace is fantastically beautiful, but not really relaxed with a small child – Mads was two and a half at the time.

Wayne: You look twice to make sure the patio door is really closed. Because falling into the sea somewhere at night is not an option.

Annemarie: Of course, Mads enjoyed it to the fullest: He had just learned to swim and spent the whole day in the water like a madman. Snorkeling, watching sharks and looking for manta rays and rays was of course also totally exciting.

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