2021 is very important for the career of 30-year-old Henriet Confucius. After the Netflix series “Tribes of Europe” she can be seen in two movies: the play “The Girl and the Spider” as well as the best – selling film “Generation Incapable of Relationships”. The power required for her game comes from nature. In an interview, she explains how these experiences helped her reach her full potential.
The Red Bulletin: The two movies with you start almost at the same time. Is there a general category?
Henriette Confucius: Perhaps the fear of acknowledging feelings and expressing them honestly. And the fear of being abandoned.
What is your experience and can you overcome such fears?
In principle, fear is not a bad thing. Fear can also be a driver. This can only be a problem if it prevents you from leading the life you want to lead.
How did you find out which life you wanted to lead?
An important experience, when I was seventeen I lived on a farm in Ireland for about a year. He started acting at the age of ten and did not want to continue. I also dropped out of school – so I took a break from my life.
I worked on a farm for about a year. It shaped me.
What did it do to you
I got to know each other better – I noticed what was good for me: getting up early, firm structure, especially physical exertion – like turning cows. Many people do not even know what it feels like to be physically active.
But you do not milk the cows every day.
No, but I still get up early to watch the sunrise. In everyday life you ask a lot of questions that cause a background noise of anxiety and stress. In such moments it disappears. If I’ve been out early, getting fresh air, I’m finding myself in a rhythm that suits me. It has a similar effect when I walk through the woods or sit on the beach.
What is your most intense natural experience so far?
Six years ago I wandered around Georgia for a month – not being able to read maps. And I never had a lot of resources. Once I was wandering in nature for two days without seeing anyone. But I did not expect anything to happen to me. I guess I’ll see someone.
Where did you get this security?
I have to admit there was a bit of innocence in it. But I am someone who can feel safe in situations that I think are dangerous. I think I have learned to deal with my fears, especially from my experiences in nature. Many things are a matter of the head.
With an ice bath, for example. Usually the idea of ice-cold water is frightening, for example sick. We think we are in danger there. But you are not allowed to evaluate your feelings. It’s like meditation – you just watch. Then tell yourself: it’s cold, it’s doing this and that to my body. My heart beats very, very fast, and then very, very slowly. The colors I see change. As I listen, so does my sense of timing. I saw a similar example when shooting “The Girl and the Spider”, where I had to run a spider into my hand. At first the body was tense with spontaneous disgust, but I looked at her and let everything go, then I calmed down.
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