Privately, Tim Oliver Schultz is “a man of total relationship”. In the new series Damaged Goods, he can now prove himself to be a womanizer. “A challenge that I really liked,” the actor reveals in an interview.
Unlike the characters in the new Damaged Goods series, author Sophie Passmann (28) and actor Tim Oliver Schultz (33) can recall very successful careers. In turn, in the series Nola (Passmann) is expelled from the university shortly before her doctorate. Meanwhile, his pal Mads (Schultz) lives in a converted van and, despite passing his second state exam, is not working as a lawyer. Instead, it kills time with adventures for one night.
Starting on July 11, Amazon Prime Video viewers can follow the ups and downs of Nola, Mads and their friends Henni (Leonie Brill), Tii (Zeynep Bozbay) and Hugo (Antonije Stankovic). In an interview with the news agency spot, Tim Oliver Schultz and Sophie Passmann reveal what drew them to their roles and why Schultz’s leather jacket became the main gag of the shooting.
Her character, Mads, is a true womanizer, but she doesn’t seem unpleasant. Was it a challenge for you to portray him like this?
Tim Oliver Schultz: It is always a challenge to portray characters as human, understandable, and utterly natural. Despite their actions, viewers find disturbing and even repulsive. This is my job as an actor. I look at where the character comes from and what I can feed with my own biography. But also what is completely new and demanding to me.
I’m the total relationship type and I’ve always had long relationships. I’m incredibly lame at treating women, picking them up and taking them home. But I wanted it to look like I could do it – as if Mads could do it. As if it came naturally to him. It was a challenge that I liked very much. And to this day, my favorite way to use the eggplant emoji is (laughs).
But probably not to judge one-day adventures, like the women with Mads in the series?
Schultz: (laughs) Of course not. I use it ironically for myself. You always give a character something, but a character gives you something in return because you spend so much time with them. I really love everything Mads character gave me as Tim.
What was it about the role of Nola that made you so drawn that you decided to play your first role?
Sophie Passmann: The first reason was that I received the scripts at 6:30 PM and finished reading them by 8:30 PM. It was then that I realized I wanted to know what all five characters would be like at the end of the season. This is a good indicator of how good the story really is.
What I find interesting about Nola is that while it is in some ways very specific in the book – it is a common thread to other stories. At the same time, while reading, I got the impression that there was a lot of room to make this woman something that I would like to see. In recent years, I was lucky that people would come up to me and ask if I would be interested in working on projects. But they were always very banal. It was about a strict lesbian or a cool woman who doesn’t need a man in life. A bit of a “crime scene” cliché from 2005. I wasn’t in the mood for it at all.
In the case of Nola, there was enough in the script to capture the character while there was still a lot to negotiate. I liked it a lot because my goal was to show Nola as the woman I wanted to see on the show when I was 18 or 20. I liked the task very much. And I urgently needed money. (laughter)
What were your most important moments during the shooting?
Passmann: For me, as an unqualified actress with no acting experience, it was a great gift to work each day with four actors of different origins and approaches to my work. I could learn something from everyone.
Antony [Stankovic] and Zeynep [Bozbay] they are both from the theater. And Leon [Brill] and Tim have both filmed a lot in their lives. I was fascinated by watching the two of them take pictures for a few days, how they intuitively work with the camera and know things that took me a month to understand. It was basically the craziest internship I have ever done.
Tim Oliver Schultz, what do you most remember?
Schultz: It was fun being with that clique, getting into the rhythm and having the courage to do things together and try. But also being a “fuckboy” and being successful with women was something that I really enjoyed, but I was never able to experience it that way. It’s really exciting to be able to wear Mads over your own leather jacket.
Passmann: We need to talk about this leather jacket.
What is it about?
Passman: Tim gave his hero Mads his personal leather jacket. I had a very similar idea when trying on, but was warned that the garment could withstand impact on a shoot and deteriorate quickly. Tim made up his mind to do it anyway, and then said a total of 17 times a day, “Look out for the jacket, it’s private from me!” (laughter)
Schultz: In my defense, I wore a leather jacket on the first day of shooting and when they said Mads should get it, I thought the whole crew was standing in front of me saying, “Yes, this is it!” Then on the first day I was doing funny acrobatics during the break from shooting and suddenly there was a tear in the jacket that had to be glued. That’s why I always emphasized that you have to be careful with her. It became a recurring gag that I was eager to participate in – but that’s enough for now (laughs).