Interview: Inge Theunissen

Emmanuelle, lead female role
  • Why did you decide to go into the film business? 

That's a good question. I was at a point in my life where I wanted to challenge myself. Being an actor is something that doesn't come naturally to me. Playing a role and playing it well obviously, really moving your audience is one of the most difficult things, I think. So that's why I wanted to know if I could do it. But I've already realized that it's a lot of work. Nothing's easy. If you want to be good at something, you have to work at it. It's no easy task. 

  • Why in the short film CASE?  

It's a small part, it's a good start. And of course I know the cast, so I feel comfortable with them, which is important too.  

  • Who's Emmanuelle? 

Why did you choose this role and not another? I had no choice but to write to ....! No, no kidding, she is a seductress who is not manipulative, she remains true to herself. She has an innocent side that I like. I chose this role because I could put a part of me in this role and a part that doesn't look like me at all. 

  • Has not being French been a barrier? 

Not for me, maybe more for my colleagues, when I can't find a word or I get the expressions wrong. I feel very Belgian and not Flemish. I have more in common with a French-speaking Belgian than with a Dutchman who speaks my language. 

  • What would you say to people who are thinking of changing careers and trying out film?   

It's not my case yet, I'll tell you when the time comes. Like all artistic professions, it's hard to make a career out of it. You have to be good or different, have that little extra, be passionate, work hard and be very lucky, it's already a lot. If you're willing to make sacrifices for that reason.

By Lola Dubrunfaut