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FROM BERLIN TO COPENHAGEN TO LONDON: A Conversation With Multi Award Winning Actress Lisa Riesner

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Lisa Riesner is a multi award winning actress based in Berlin and Copenhagen. 2022 she played in a leading role next to Rune Temte (The Last Kingdom/ Captain Marvel) and Lukas Louhgran (The Billion Dollar Code for Netflix) in a teaser for a series.

Lisa has booked a lot recently in the Scandinavian market due to her natural red hair, she is German/ Austrian and Lisa studied acting with diploma and exam for 4 year at the Checkhov Institute in Berlin. She also trained with Theodor Stepanof (Moskau), trainer of Kate Winslet and Lennart Petit (New York). Currently she has been cast in several feature films and plays the lead in the Berlin Globe’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

She is also a producer, writer, creator and director of the award winning short film “Alice” and of two sizzles for feature films that she is currently pitching Don’t Shed A Tear and Hurra for Norge. She grew up in the South of Germany while her father is Austrian and her mother is from the German-Polish border, both were refugees to their home due to political situation and postwar. Lisa studied rhetorics and worked as a journalist in Brussels she invented her writing skills throughout her life since having the dream to be a writer with 14 years.

In our interview, Lisa tells The Fan Carpet‘s Marc Jason Ali about how she got her start, her love of Shakespeare and working with Shabaan Siddiq on the forthcoming HONOUR & DUTY



If we go back to the beginning, was there a defining moment for you to get into the Entertainment Industry?

Yes , when my friend Tornike died in an accident hiking in France and I was not able to save him. I decided to become an actress. He wanted to be a director and I did want to be an actress but I used to be scared to pursue it full on. I then wanted to pursue it for both of us.


What was it about HONOUR & DUTY that made you want to be a part of it, and what can you tell us about the story and Alicia without giving away spoilers?

The script Shabaan Siddiq has written is just brilliant it might be one of the best ones I have read and when I auditioned for it he told me: “Lisa you were simply the best one, I will get you from Denmark to us to the UK to do this job” – I knew Shabaan is committed brilliant and he sees my talent and wants to work with me. In the story I will get arrested for having murdered and only one detective doubts the case and might be therefore able to safe my life…


What does it mean for you to be a storyteller and tell stories in this way?

It means everything to me. I have worked really hard to be a fulltime actress and it is the love of my life – it’s not a job it’s a vocation!


What is your preferred genre, and do you have any favourite films?

Drama, Thriller and Action is my preference but I think Im also really good in Romance and Comedy – and I am a trained actress so I am made and ready to play what is chosen for me to be played . I’m very old school in this way.

If characters have depth and transformation several layers – I am in heaven. I do love Shakespeare and will play in a state theatre play in Berlin as Olivia in what you will end of June.


Are there any other aspects of the Film Industry that you would like to pursue?

I am producing also, I am scriptwriting also, I have done costume, make up, some set design too but I love to leave
that to real professionals as it is a true art form.

I want pursue acting, I am very happy to contribute to projects I am working on, in with my knowledge in producing, pitching and writing as well as with my big network.


You have an eclectic range of credits from TV to Short Films to Feature Film, are there any genres that you haven’t done yet that you’d like to?

I have not done a horror film yet, and I just want to do more of what I do: features and TV as this is where I see myself.



You’ve worked with some great talent both in front and behind the camera, do you have a wish list of who you’d like to work with?

I would love to work with actor Cillian Murphy and best get cast for Peaky Blinders if they go again one more round, I would absolutely love to work with director Mike White and would love to star in The White Lotus and I would love to work with Jessica Chastain as she has also worked herself up from not even having money for a college degree. On
independent films, I would love to work with Louisa Warren, with James Bushe and with Howard J. Ford.


Who inspires you within the industry?

Everyone that works hard and that is honest. It is a beautiful and a very tough business and I appreciate people that show up as they are and I admire people who are not or not just into glamour but into an amazing in depth conversation – that is almost like being part in a great movie, and the journey together mostly leads there!

Jessica Chastain, Michelle Yeoh and especially Viola Davis – extraordinary personalities with the heart in the right place from what I can grasp out of interviews and they all worked so hard to be where they are.

In the independent world: Caroline Spence, amazing producer, works so hard and committed, Angelina Lapetina and you who give us artists a platform to talk about art, Chris Sanders who hits every crowdfunding with his movies and creates stunning films that I’d love to act in, and my boyfriend Hjalte Gustavussen who is one of the most hardworking actors I know!


Circling back to HONOUR & DUTY, do you have any memorable moments from filming that you’ll take with you for the rest of your career?

We will film it in mid June so for now I can only say: a great great cast, a lovely director , a very kind production company, I’m very excited!


Fandoms are a big part of the industry, who or what are you a fan of?

I am a Fan of all my filmmaker friends that create movies for their passion to create, sometimes out of desperation, out of heartache , out of loss but always they create stories, images that leave a mark, that go under the skin and under us film lovers and film makers: How damn hard is it to create a movie? How much money and work and people it
needs, it is almost a sacred act!

I am also a big fan of Cillian Murphy at the moment and the whole Peaky Blinders tribe.


Is there a book that you are a fan of that hasn’t been adapted to film or TV or Netflix yet that you’d love to be a part of?

I am writing one myself and of course I will be part of it. It is about an immigrant trans gender rockband in the 70s in Copenhagen called Homesick.

Furthermore it is Pourqui Papa Pourqui Mama from Sarit Zadok a director I love and that just send me her script. She and also me for Homesick are looking for investors at the moment.


With the popularity of streaming services like Netflix, Disney+ etc. what do you think the future of Cinema is?

Look for me Netflix in a way is also a blessing and all the streaming services: finally art, movies are accessable, finally I can watch them because I do believe many of them, also older movies like Twin Peaks, David Lynch is in my opinion public knowledge.

When I was younger, I had no access to those films and no money for cinema. And nowadays it’s still cheaper to watch one series or film in the comfort of your own home than to go to the cinema. And as I am thirsty for knowledge and to be part of conversations about films, as it’s my profession, I am very grateful for streaming services as they also provide many many more jobs to actors where there were maybe 3 or 5 TV stations with a few different series and films back in time when I was a small child.

But in my eyes that has almost nothing to do with going to the cinema. I love to watch a film in cinema, it is always special and I take my sister or she takes me or I take my boyfriend or my best friend, we have popcorn or chips and we are just happy and walk home at night and reflecting and dreaming on. And when it comes to
cinema premiers, I just LOVE them and every one of my films has a cinema premiere cause that is what we are all doing it for, isn’t it?


You’re also a coach, how did that come about?

I started coaching while I studied acting as I was having trouble in my 4 years acting formation after 3 years . I had reached a blockage a point of not being able to open up more to give it all away. Studying acting is extremely demanding and deeply transforming, but it is indeed also challenging while you are in the process, that is when Coaching came into my life and transformed my own life and my being with my first Coach from A plan calle Peter- brilliant human and it was a few years after that I started to help others . I am in it for the long run, I want to be the best Coach out there.

I do not think there are many like me. Who serve cause they love to serve, they love to give and help and I
DO give everything away. That’s what people love and that is why they come back – and of course I never stop educating myself, growing, challenging and working on myself which is by the way in my opinion one of the central points of being a  good actor.


Where can we find you online to keep up with everything you’re doing?

I am very active on Instagram so please follow me: lisariesner_actress and actingandcareercoach_copenhagen.

I am very active on Facebook too: Lisa Riesner as well as on YouTube: Lisa Riesner

If you want to see my showreel, headshots you can check IMDB, Spotlight, my website is here.

If you are interested in being coached by me you can contact me directly. And If you want to check out my productions please visit.


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