The last season of the ARD series “Um Himmels Willen” (8:15 pm), in which Janina Hartwig (59) has played sister Hanna for 15 years, starts on Tuesday.
“Back then, my son could just walk, he was two years old and now he’s in eleventh grade and will be doing his Abitur next year. But it seems to me as if it was yesterday, ”she tells BILD.
The series end does not come as a surprise to the actress. One would have talked more often about how the series can go on.
Hartwig: “Everything in life has an end, we just don’t always want to admit it. Those in charge of ARD asked themselves how can the series continue? And then they had the courage to say: It’s the 20th season, we’ve shot over 250 episodes, we’re taking that as an opportunity and ending it on a high level. It is a painful, but correct decision. ”
But the day of shooting wasn’t easy. “There was really a lot of crying. I was serving champagne and we were still standing together eating something on the set. But at some point you have to be so professional, empty the set and the monastery and mothball the costumes. Those were painful processes for all of us on the team. “
After strenuous and intensive filming, she is now free for the time being. The lockdwon forces her to stay at home in Munich.
“This lockdown is really a challenge for me. I love to travel so much. But everything has a purpose. I enjoy this time with my son. That brings us much closer to each other. I finally have time. I don’t leave the house at seven in the morning and come back at eight in the evening and still have to learn text. We have such intensive discussions, that makes me very happy. Also the time together with my daughter, who is now 32 years old and goes her own way. “
She doesn’t have any new hobbies, but: “I finally have time to learn English,” she says happily. “As a GDR child, I never really learned that, and on my travels I was always insecure that I couldn’t have a good conversation. I study at least one hour of English every day with a language program. ”
And what does your professional future look like? Hartwig: “I’m actually looking forward to what’s coming now. I don’t think I’m in a drawer now. For example, I can finally play theater in Munich in October and November – hopefully! “