The interview by Vanessa Mapes
Title: Triple Threat
Intro : Model, actress, and presenter Victoria Jancke of Berlin, Germany has emerged as an industry icon. Modeling for brand giants such as L’Oreal, Volkswagon, Polo Ralph Lauren and more as well as being the main host for The Weather Channel. Now based in Los Angeles, Victoria continues her passion as an actress and is soon to star in the upcoming short film “Empty Track”. Here she speaks with us about her ambitions, her philosophies on the trick of the trade, and what it takes to be Victoria Jancke.
What was it like growing up in Berlin, Germany?
It was a big adventure. I grew up in the central portion of the city. When I was a child I would often go for a swim, and believe it or not, it was the public fountain of Alexanderplatz. One of the most popular features about Berlin is that it is always so green and yes, we are really openminded. I give the highest value of credit to my beautiful nana, who to this very day has been my role model and guiding spirit. The lessons that I learned, such as, to be humble and to be deeply appreciative for what I have, has remained true to my soul even to this very day.
What made you want to become an actress?
I´ve always felt at home in front of a camera, and knew that my love for that media would carry me on an incredible journey from the beginning. For the past 12 years I was fortunate to gain international recognition as a model for professional photo shoots, runway and commercials. I feel that a broader explanation of what I do should be revealed: “Modeling is silent acting“. I developed my actual acting skills as a model when the clothes became my props and my acting tools were essentially my body and my eyes. My modeling assignments ran the gamut from becoming a fantasy bride to an elegant lady to a sports chic and everything in between from A to Z. My career also presented many opportunities to serve as an international host for a plethora of events, such as Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe, the Handball World Championships, the European Championships in athletics and many more. My next goal became quite obvious to me, to come to Hollywood. During the past several months all the pieces fell into place. I have been studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, did voice over work, and I´m currently doing the short film “Empty Track“. At times life can be extremely challenging but the rewards are amazing, and finally I realize that acting is my calling in life.
What are your favorite films?
I adore “The Devil Wears Prada“; I certainly relate to “Miss Congeniality“ and “Molly´s Game“ and “The Great Gatsby“… the glamour never grows old. To add to my list of favorites, “Kill Bill“ is at the top of my list. In addition people constantly tell me I look like Uma Thurman and I actually do Mixed Martial Arts.
What are your dream directors you’d like to work with?
Quentin Tarantino I am a true blue loyal fan of his films: Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Basterds. They are all amazing. It would be a dream come true to be cast in any of his films, because my training and background are a perfect match for his action- styled films.
How do you prepare for a role once you’ve received the script?
I read and analyze the script thoroughly. After an intense evaluation of the script I then envision myself as that character that I´m drawn to. This process entails great research regarding the back story of the film, the type of characters and the genre of the movie. My speech training with Janie Acton has proven to be quite helpful in the United States. During my courses each week, we break down each scene and not only dissect the style of the speech pattern of the character but I´m coached to project the correct accent and interpretation of the words of the page. My training has enabled me to begin perfection of an intercontinental accent. This is important to me because I want to be offered a choice to play any nationality.
When did you start practicing mixed martial arts and boxing? Does it help you de-stress after a busy day?
I started it a few years ago. It has been extremely beneficial. During the 1 hour training, I release all my stress and become completely engrossed in the mastery of Martial Arts. It is a wonderful feeling to accomplish this and the benefit of infinite energy and a stress´ free mind and body is priceless.
You were a voice actor for a new documentary released in March on the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 called “Rwandan Daughters”. What was it like to be part of an expose on such a sensitive and powerful topic?
It was a great experience and I´m happy to be a part of such an important project and topic. It is crucial to make the world aware of what really happened to the women of Rwanda and now to show how they live today. I am adamant about this cause and feel passionate to help and support these women of Rwanda.
What is your definition of femininity?
Femininity means for me being yourself. Achieving anything you want. Being free as a woman to work in a man´s world and at the same to be content with your own body form and style. I believe that every woman should be proud of herself and her own individual success. Women are beautiful and intelligent in their own right and are no longer the weaker sex.
What is a quote or personal moto you live by?
ONE LIFE - We only have this one life, so we should make the most of every opportunity. I have always embraced my life from every direction, and I believe firmly that you must listen to your heart and follow your dreams.
What is your favorite part of Los Angeles?
I feel so at home and safe in Burbank. Ironically it is the media entertainment capital. To my delight, I have discovered cozy cafés, my favorite vegan restaurant and a charming second hand shop. It is a true fantasy to be in the presence of Warner Brothers, Universal Studios and Walt Disney Studios, as I imagine starring in any of their future projects one day.
How do you keep yourself empowered?
To begin with, I have experienced several life changing events. In 2017 I miraculously survived being hit by a semi-trailer truck, and now last year they discovered cervical cancer. Thank God I am cancer free but of course still maintain my 6 months check-ups. Those life´threatening events taught me that our life on earth is short. I truly want to enjoy this beautiful ride that is called life. I cherish my career and I treasure all the people I encounter daily. My support team such as my dear friends and family are my strength. I must give extra kudos to my dearest friend Tom Wlaschiha, who has empowered and enlightened me in this new venture.
What can you tell us about the new short film you’ll be in called “Empty Track”?
That is going to be exciting! We will be filming soon, and I will be playing a model/actress from Germany who takes a job as a Karaoke Hostess LA’s Korea town. Karaoke Hostesses are women hired by karaoke bars to cavort and sing catchy tunes with overworked businessmen. If a girl doesn’t not get chosen, she moves on to the next room, or back in the car to the next club, until she gets a seat. Hostesses can make hundreds of dollars a night in tips, and often have the choice of additional work, that can take them to hotels or elsewhere, and can cross over into sex work. When girls are first recruited, they’re often surprised to find what the job actually entails. It’s a real social issue that the film is shining a light on.
What are your favorite music artists? Do you have any favorite music to have on whilst modeling?
I enjoy Billie Eilish. I was introduced to her at a recent Interscope Records event. She is an amazing young artist and her music is becoming so immensely popular. Coldplay, One Republic and Black Pink are also in my list of favorites. Happy music inspires me when I model, and I particular do well when I hear Lady Gaga.
What is your favorite location you’ve shot at for acting or modeling?
There are so many different locations. Once I had a shooting for Volkswagen at the Heliport of Monaco. That was incredible. They closed the airport for 10 minutes, so we could film there in my 3 outfits in 10 minutes. This marked a moment that I will never forget. I have fond memories of my photo shoots in Australia, New York at the Time Square and most recently in Los Angeles and in the surrounding desert.
What words of wisdom do you have for aspiring models or actresses?
Always believe in yourself! You can do it if you believe in yourself and work hard for it. In these businesses, there will be always people telling you, that you are not good enough, that you are too big, too small, that competition is too high, that you are not experienced enough. Don´t listen to them! There is always a way. Kate Moss is a perfect example. Despite her height she never relinquished her dream, and now she is recognized as one of the most famous faces in the modeling world. On the flip side there are exceptions to the ultra´thin model profile type such as my friend Nadine Mirada. She embodies the curvy figure and to her credits she has three current Guess campaigns. Trust yourself, your perseverance and hard work will set you free to walk into that gate of success.