Interview mit der US-amerikanischen Schauspielerin Kristen Cloke „Acting is like a good friend that I might visit from time to time“

Kristen Cloke ist eine US-amerikanische Schauspielerin. Bekannt wurde sie durch die Rolle der Shane Autumn Vansen in der Science-fiction-Serie Space 2063

 

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The first important character you played in a TV series was Shane Autumn Vansen in Space: Above and Beyond (which is still my favorite series). Now, this was some years ago. What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think about this series now? 

It was my favorite series as well.  I enjoyed working on that show so much.  I did not realize exactly how lucky I was to have that experience.  We worked so hard and it was so different from anything else that was on. I don’t think any of us understood how much it would come to mean to us especially over time.

When I think of that show, I think of the people.  I am married to one of the show’s creators, so it plays a big part in the story of our lives.  I also remain friends with all of the cast members.  They are truly special, talented and soulful people and will always have a place in my heart. I thought they were a great cast and the characters they played were as unique and interesting as they are.

Glen and I are friends with a lot of people who worked on that show.  They have played important parts in our lives.  Randy Stone and Shirley Walker were people we were especially close to and losing them in the past few years has left a vast hole. 

 

The sad thing about it was that there was never a second season and that the series had an open end. What was the reason for this? The ratings were actually good back then, weren’t they?

The ratings were fine back then, but by today’s standards they were phenomenal.  Networks don’t get ratings like that really anymore.  I think it was kind of a stroke of bad luck.  I believe the Network president at that time did not like the show.  He has since left the television business I think!  It was an odd set of circumstances.

 

Here in Germany, the DVD of the series was just released and many fans are watching the series again. The reviews are positive throughout, very positive actually. How does it feel that people still like the series so much after all this time and that you are still associated with it?

I am always happy to hear that people respond positively to the show.  I always feel a certain kinship with S:AAB fans.

 

You played in many TV series. In Germany, you are on TV almost every day. Of all the characters you played, which one is your favorite? Is there a series you have especially fond memories of?

My daughter always asks me to name “favorites”.  I always tell her I don’t like the idea of “favorites”.  I will say that Shane Vansen will always be on top for me.  She was written beautifully and I doubt that I will ever have the chance to play a character like that again.  Playing her made me feel like such a fortunate actress.

 

As an actor in a TV series, how much freedom do you have to interpret your character?

I think it depends on who is writing the character and running the television show.  Glen and Jim are excellent show-runners and wrote great characters.  They knew what they wanted but gave everyone room to do their jobs.

 

In the last couple of years it was not as easy as before to get new information about your work. Do you have any explanation?

I have not worked as an actress much since my children were born.  I feel a great responsibility to be a good mother to them and it is hard for me to do that when I am working as an actress.  I know many actresses who feel they have found a balance.  I just have never felt comfortable being away from them. 

 

As I get older it seems there are fewer parts that appeal to me and fewer opportunities for me to act.  I feel okay about it though. I have to stand by my choices.  Acting is like a good friend that I might visit from time to time, but we don’t see each other much anymore.  If something special came along I might do it and I will audition occasionally for the experience, but I am trying to do other things.

 

What are your plans for the future? Where will we see you next?

 I am not sure when you will see me next.  Hopefully when you watch S: AAB again!

 

With who would you not like to sit in a sauna?

Frankly, I am a bit germ phobic, so I don’t sauna much.  Saunas are really not my thing.  If I were forced to answer hypothetically, I would prefer not to sauna with someone who has eaten a lot of garlic the night before.  I don’t like the smell of someone else’s digested garlic being eliminated through the body via sweat in a hot steam box…I better stop before I get myself in trouble!  

 

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