Franciska Friede was born in Hamburg in Germany and worked as an actress and singer since school days. She received her acting training from Hamburg School of Entertainment and the Free Drama School, both in Hamburg. She sang in the choir of the Hamburg State Opera for five years.
Playing the lead character of Sophie Klein in the TV series “Hand aufs Herz” she grew herself a worldwide fanbase. Franciska Friede was leading actress in the web series “Kumbaya” playing Eva and in the very popular German TV series “Ein Fall für Zwei” she starred as Janina Feld, singing herself through a fictional radio contest.
Franciska produced the short movie “Anders” (Different) together with her acting colleague Henrike Fehrs, where they played two strangers who ended up kissing in the fields. In 2017 she participated in the self-made shorty festival and produced the short movie “Daisies”, starring as actress and singer. The Following year in 2018, Franciska played one of the victims in the German TV series “Solo für Weiss” and booked a role in the new German series “Tanken – mehr als Super”.
Franciska is also working as a voice actress. Besides video games, commercials and voice over, she is highly featured in various movies and series on different streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon video and of course on local television.
Currently, Franciska Friede is working for the brand Rexona, is dubbing the new season of the Anime “Strike the Blood” in the Lead “Yukina Himeragi” and is working on her new short movie.
London Prestige Interview with Actress and Singer Franciska Friede
London Prestige: What are you currently working on?
Franciska Friede: Currently I’m working on developing my newest short movie. We are working on the final storyboard and the shot list. We already found a nice location but still have to do some work on the clothes and props – so there is still enough to be done.
Beside that adventure I’m working a lot as a voice actress in Germany. On April 21st I will attend the pre-premiere of “Luis and the Aliens” where I dubbed Luis’ best friend Jennifer. You can also hear me as the German voice of “Champion Irelia the blade dancer” in League of Legends, a unicorn named Trinket in “Nella the Princess Knight” or in different commercials, Rexona for example (which is marketed under the name “Sure” in the UK).
London Prestige: What made you take this role?
Franciska Friede: The short movie will be based on a monologue I worked on in drama class a few years ago. I was very fascinated by it and it got stuck in my head since then. So last year I decided to do a new short movie and it popped up again. I like the whole idea of Penthesilea: She, as an amazon, is such an inspiring and strong woman. She enters the room and everyone else knows the that she is whole package. I always wanted to play a character like that. And as I already had a connection to the character through drama class I thought: why not take that challenge? I’m very excited to be finishing this project in 2018.
London Prestige: What is the most challenging role you have played and why?
Franciska Friede: The most challenging part was the portrayal of a totally drugged Sophie in “Hand aufs Herz”. As I don’t have real life experiences with drugs I just asked everyone around me about theirs to gather some information. It was especially hard, because I had to wear big, black pupil contact lenses. Actually I was used to wearing corrective lenses by that time, but those black ones where non-corrective so I had to do the acting nearly blind because of my short-sightedness. I guess – in retrospective – it was a good thing, because I was really disoriented and could act it out even better.
London Prestige: And the most fun one?
Franciska Friede: One of the most fun roles I’ve ever dubbed was the role of Atsuko “Akko” Kagari in Little Witch Academia. She is so filled with excitement and joy and has a thrilling way to see the world. There was a lot of screaming involved, because Akko is sometimes a little inapt and falls quite often – or she is throwing a tantrum, so it was very challenging, too. I found a very fitting description of her: ”Akko is best described as an excitable, impulsive, reckless, optimistic, energetic, and short-tempered girl, which is consistent with her normally exaggerated expressions.”
London Prestige: What training / education do you have? How has your training prepared you for you acting career?
Franciska Friede: I visited both, a musical oriented and an acting school. I’m a little ambivalent about the typical way of acting education in Germany: It’s a common technique to break students apart to built them back up again, but I can’t find so much good in this way. I would have loved to be more accepted with my talents and flaws without people always telling me what I should be. I mean I already was someone and I still am: Why should I try to copy someone else? It’s already challenging enough to portrait someone else during acting itself and I don’t think I need to change my private appearance for that.
London Prestige: Have you ever considered branching out into directing or screenwriting?
Franciska Friede: Actually yes, I did! I shot a few short movies with my husband and with friends. Right now we’re working on our next short movie inspired by the classical love story about Penthesilea and Achilles.
London Prestige: Where have you played a lead role? What was the character about?
Franciska Friede: I played the lead of Sophie Klein in the German daily TV series “Hand aufs Herz”. Sophie had a hard time finding out who she really wanted to be. On the one side her desire to be a part of the school’s glee club, on the other side being an it girl. She even had a very destructive relationship with a guy who only wanted to exploit her and getting her addicted to drugs. It was quite challenging to portrait Sophie, because she was often making decisions only based on her desire to be loved by others. These decisions weren’t always the smartest and led her into many tricky or even dangerous situations.
London Prestige: Do you have any theatrical experience? What plays have you performed?
Franciska Friede: I sang in the choir of the Hamburg State Opera for five years, so the biggest part of my theater experience is from that. During my work for “Hand aufs Herz” we had a few special episodes during which we performed together with the cast of “Sister Act” as a part of the play. Beside that I performed a play dedicated to Bertholt Brecht in which I also sang a few songs.
London Prestige: If you weren’t acting what would you be doing?
Franciska Friede: I’m confident that I would do the same things I’m doing now: singing and voice acting. Or maybe I would have gone in a totally different direction and would have done something with forensics, because that always interested me.
London Prestige: What television shows or show would you love most to be on?
Franciska Friede: I’m quite addicted to binge watch series and always love good produced franchises. I would literally pay money to be a part of the X-men universe! And of course, I would love having a chance to be in the last season of Game of Thrones or maybe in one of the planned spin-offs. Black Mirror totally thrilled me, so I would love to have a chance to be on that show, too. I’m working a lot as a voice actress in Germany and one of my favorite jobs was dubbing Maisie Williams in the Netflix original film iBoy. It would be a thrilling experience to work with her for Game of Thrones.
London Prestige: What’s your goal for this year?
Franciska Friede: Of course, I want to finish my short movie. But I would love to book a TV role or a movie role in one of my favorite TV shows or movies like Game of Thrones, X-Men or Black Mirror …
London Prestige: What is your advice for aspiring actors?
Franciska Friede: Always keep going. I know it sounds stupid and everybody tells you the same thing, but it’s true: Keep going. If you can’t book a role, make your own movie!