It works ‘well’ without the ‘crime scene’
The last Berlin “tatort” will be with Nina Robben on May 22nd. In an interview, Merritt Baker recalls her last day of shooting.
In March 2015, “Tattourt” detectives Nina Rubin (Merritt Becker, 53) and Robert Caro (Mark Wachke, 50) went on a criminal hunt in Berlin for the first time. After more than seven years and 15 cases, actress Merritt Baker is now retiring from the role. The Bremen native had already announced her departure in May 2019. Next Sunday (May 22) the last case with Nina Rubin will flash on the screens with “Tatort: The Girl Who Goes Home Alone” (8:15 pm, first).
The last day of shooting was “extremely emotional” for the 53-year-old, Merritt Baker explains in an interview with the news agency immediately on the news. The actress also reveals why there isn’t a big farewell party, why she currently doesn’t miss ‘Crime Scene’ and how she bid farewell to fellow Mark Wachke.
More than seven years later, you’re stepping down from your role as Nina Rubin. How emotional were you on the last day of filming?
Merritt Baker: Very emotional. The last day of filming was also the end of the movie. After that we just had to shoot some sequences in the studio, we used new technology for the driving scenes. But my farewell was before that, at the beginning of the last day of shooting, so that you wouldn’t have to do it at seven in the morning when the shooting was over. We partyed a bit, and then had to keep working for twelve hours. This was really very strange. We worked until late at night. It was so mean and brutal. But it fits the general course of photography. Because of Corona, everything was in complete chaos.
Will you miss the world of “Tatort”?
Merritt Baker: If I’m being honest, I’m fine without the “crime scene.” I can focus on other things and for certain things that need a clear mind. Now I have individual projects again, so I have to get used to it first. But I also have to earn money to give myself freedom. Where I create things – after all, songs don’t write themselves. With “Tatort” you get a lot of money at once, but at the same time it is a machine that takes up a lot of space in life. I find it good to have more air again. However, I miss working with Mark Wachke. But now we call each other a lot, that’s cute too (laughs). I don’t know if I’ll miss the role, and I can’t. But perhaps, with a small distance – in a year it can be.
How did it feel to say goodbye to your colleague Mark Wachke?
Merritt Baker: We started saying goodbye earlier. From the moment it was clear I was going. This has already been played in previous films. The last “crime scene” was of course very emotional for both of us. I’m really happy when I can do something different with Mark. It could also be something completely different. There is only a “crime scene”. But no one can take these seven years from us. This is longer than my marriage lasted. This is madness.
So it became a really tight-knit team…
Merritt Baker: Yes. I’m glad it is because there are other teams as well. There are also those who do not understand each other at all. Of course, Penny and Mark had an argument, that’s normal. But we enjoy similar things – experiences and exchanges. This was fun.
What do you think about the fact that Karo and Robin never really had a chance for a relationship?
Merritt Baker: I think it’s cute. Because that’s what people experience. Missed opportunities or things that don’t appear and stay open are part of life. The two have some form of relationship. The only question is which one? They didn’t allow or couldn’t get the relationship they actually wanted. I think that’s nice, because you can find yourself in it. I think longing is a good thing.
With whom will you watch your last “crime scene”? Alone, with family or with friends?
Merritt Baker: I’ve already looked at it. It will also be shown in cinemas, and there will be a premiere at the Delphi Cinema in Berlin. It used to happen frequently, but was canceled. We’re doing this now because this “crime scene” is special. But I don’t know if I’ll ever watch it again on TV. Perhaps we will do it as in the first case – we went to the tavern and looked at it.
Corina Harfouche will succeed you. Did you wish her luck?
Merritt Becker: I shouldn’t wish her anything, she’s wonderful in every way. I know Corinna very well and it would be great.