ARD: Why does Meret Becker go to the crime scene

Ms Becker, the last crime scene with you as Commissioner Nina Rubin will be broadcast on Sunday. Why are you saying goodbye to the role?

In general, I’m not a TV person, I wasn’t when I was asked. But of course it was a great honor for me, and that was at a time when it suited me. And then I wanted to know how it works.

The crime scene has a very specific format, and I wanted to understand how it works. You work with changing teams, deal with scenarios, wonder what role features are assigned or taken away from you. It has been an unparalleled learning process for me, for which I am very grateful. But in the end I had enough.

Quite boldly to give up such a safe job …

I am not a safety oriented person. Of course, it’s fun to have a steady job, and a steady job also gives you a certain amount of freedom. But it’s also nice to know that I don’t need to read and revise the next Tatort script right away, I can do my own stuff now. I have so many other things to do.

The all-rounder: Meret Becker in

The all-rounder: Meret Becker in “Five Magnificent Seven” in “Bar of Every Reason.” | Photo: Britta Pedersen / dpa

What are the next projects?

I’m doing the Nachtsalon show at the Berlin Bar Jeder Reason, which is turning 30 this year, and then I’m going on a musical tour again. I don’t say anything about new film projects until I take the first shot, I’m superstitious.

You once said that you would also like to get a driver’s license for your truck. What is this for?

I’ve always wanted to do this, even in 1992 when I was shooting the long distance series “AufAxis”. I always thought it was a great idea to be able to drive something like this and be able to live in a truck. I could live in the front and there would be a trailer in the back where I could fold out the side and have a stage for one woman to perform. But we have climate change and I don’t know if the truck is the mode of transport to choose.

My latest coup d’état is: I would like to get a boat license as I live by the sea in France when I am not in Berlin. Nomad is dormant in me, I think it’s really important to move. You just have to see how you can do it in a climate neutral way.

What has changed for you as a result of your role in Tatort? Surely you had a huge surge in popularity?

It was very popular in the early 1920’s, but people tend to forget it. As a woman you quickly become “daughter …” or “sister …” again – even if you became known very early. But of course eight to ten million people see the Berlin crime scene twice a year, this is huge and again something has changed. Now I am recognized by people who don’t go to entertainment shows, don’t watch studio movies. The masses really do see the crime scene.

Ben and Meret Becker siblings.

Ben and Meret Becker siblings. | Photo: Daniel Reinhardt / dpa

When you made your debut as Nina Rubin in 2015, you were really offended – in the first scene, the inspector was having wild sex in a dark backyard …

This first scene was hotly debated and even attempts were made to remove it. Overall, there was a lot of resistance at many points. It also annoyed me a lot. But I often hear from women that it’s a fun role that they like. That confirmed me as well.

Nina Rubin is from Berlin, don’t forget that. Personally, I have been involved in nightlife since I was twelve, I know it quite well, I was there in the 80’s. I also wanted to show Berlin, and Berlin is also nightlife, sexuality, rock’n’roll, punk, whatever. I found it exciting to introduce this and connect with a character who is working on polenta.

Since 2015, they have formed a team: Nina Rubin (Meret Becker) and Robert Karow (Mark Waschke) in Berlin.

Since 2015, they have formed a team: Nina Rubin (Meret Becker) and Robert Karow (Mark Waschke) in Berlin. | Photo: rbb / Thomas Ernst

Do you think that your character has contributed something positive to the image of women on German television?

Oh my God. I would never say that about myself. The women who got involved in the MeToo movement really made a difference.

The last point is also about women’s solidarity. An important topic for you?

In general, solidarity and diversity are important to me. Women should not fight but beat those who oppress them.

What do you think about Nina Rubin’s final?

I have mixed feelings. We shot from last November to early December, and thanks to Corona, everything was completely chaotic from the beginning: preparation, shooting, goodbye. There were always absences due to illness, which made it difficult to concentrate on the content. Honestly, I was glad that we finally managed to do it. But now it’s time to celebrate one last time, that’s nice too.

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Were there tears on the last day of the shooting?

Yes, there were tears. The final is at the airport and the whole team was very busy with the technical stuff, so I had to press pause and say, “This is something special for me.” I played this character for seven years, it was like that. many years of quarrel, a lot of work, constantly searching and finding, crying a lot, also a lot of laughter.

Seven years is a long time, a whole phase of my life, and it was drastic for me to get to the end of it. Even at the earlier crime scenes, tears have flowed over and over again from the moment I said: I’m going.

What do you wish for Corinna Harfouch, who will be your future successor investigating the Berlin crime scene with Mark Waschke?

What do I wish her? Well, have fun! Corinna knows what she’s doing, I don’t need to wish her anything.

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