INTERVIEW: Actress Maurice loved her job as a bouncer

Marilyn Morris is a successful actress. Among other things, she studied Scandinavian philology. She has a special relationship with one of the Munich cult clubs.

Mrs. Morris, you live in Munich, southern Germany, but your fascination lies in the far north. Is this true?

Marilyn Morris: I know where that came from because I lived in Sweden and Alaska. In fact, it was a coincidence to be the North. I just love to travel in general to get to know other countries. So you don’t have to be in the far north, I also end up in the south, west or east.

Marilyn Morris lived in Alaska and New York

Stuck somewhere is a keyword. Her biography is great to read. You belong to the town of Schärding of 5,000 inhabitants in Upper Austria, you studied in Munich and you live in Sweden and Alaska. You have completed your acting training in New York. How does it all come together?

Morris: Oh, that’s how it all turned out. Sweden happened because I studied Scandinavian studies in my first life. I spent the semester abroad there. And I ended up in New York because I was much older in German drama schools after graduation. I didn’t decide until I was 26 that I wanted to get serious about acting. No state representative school will take you there anymore.

I previously studied Scandinavian philology. What do you learn there?

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Morris: It’s like German studies, Scandinavian literature and language. For me it was Swedish.

Isn’t this usually the direct route to unemployment?

Morris (laughs): yes! The taxi driver’s direct route has always been said. And then I have two unemployed gentlemen: one in Scandinavian philology and the other in acting. Some say I did everything in my power to become nothing.

Unfortunately it did not work. But the best thing about your CV is that during your studies 20 years ago, you worked as a bouncer at the legendary Atomic Café in Munich. how did you find it?

Morris: That was great! I was a regular there for a long time.

what happened after that?

Morris: Regularly, I’d know everyone anyway. Then there was a guard in the Atomic who said to me: Marilyn, he’d be great with you at the door. You have exactly the right mouthpiece for that. But then he suddenly stopped and I came as his replacement.

How was Munich, which is considered a city with especially strong guards. Were you taken seriously there?

Morris: Yeah. For the most part, we had very easy care guests. It was a bad night listening to the nausea of ​​an ordinary person for four hours. But of course there was pressure, too. Most of the time, they were guys who actually wanted to go to another club around the corner. They didn’t understand when I told them they don’t want to enter our store at all, they want to go to the other store. But that was limited.

“As a woman, you automatically de-escalate.”

Are you bullied as a woman?

Morris: very seldom. As a woman, you de-escalate almost automatically. Because if a man turns away the man, the testosterone level rises first in the guest and then in the guard. It can then escalate. For me, more than 90% were peaceful. From time to time there were guests who did not care that there was a woman standing in front of the door. Then you had to de-escalate verbally. I spat two or three times. On New Years Eve someone spat in my face because they didn’t have an entry ticket. But he took off while spitting still in the air because he realized it was a dirty operation.

Would you like to stand at the door of the city’s most famous club, P1?

Morris: No, definitely not because I’ve always liked pubs and bars that let everyone in. Because my circle of friends was also inclusive, so to speak. And I’ve never been a fan of clubs where you can’t get into unless you wear the right shoes. This was not universal.

Who is not allowed in the Atomic Cafe?

Morris: In fact, just a little for me. In the best of times, there were dress codes. Because the queue was mostly 150m and longer. You can sort them a little by optics. I didn’t really care about looks, as long as people were nice. It only turned away people who were unfriendly or very drunk, and large groups were also difficult. But in general, I didn’t really care what clothes people were wearing. Then some of my colleagues took me aside and said, ‘Who are you going to let in?’

What did you answer them?

Morris: I remember once letting in two old gentlemen in jeans. Then they stand there in their underpants and see what the guys are doing. that is great! These are the ones who thanked us when we walked in and said thank you again when we checked out, and ensured they had a great evening.

There is a look. What is it like when you have the ability to decide whether or not someone will come?

Morris: There are surely fellow guards in Munich or anywhere else in the world who find this sense of power absolutely wonderful. But I don’t belong.

Sect director Klaus Lemke allegedly approached you in a bar for a role in his feature film Running From Quiet.

Morris: Yes, that was at Atzinger. That’s when I got my first gastroenterologist job. Lemke lived around the corner and once a week stood in the tavern drinking fruit brandy. At the time, a classmate of mine chose the movie. She told me that Klaus Lemke would like me to play a supporting role. At the time, in the late ’90s, I didn’t even know who he was. There was no Google to search for it quickly. That’s why I didn’t take it seriously. Then he gave me the leadership role instead of the supporting one.

They cut themselves off from their native Sharding. Why did you end up in southern Germany as your adopting country and not somewhere in the north?

Morris: I have been living in Passau since I was 14 years old. Munich was closer to the study of Scandinavian philology than Vienna. I also know a few who did their civil service there. That’s how I ended up there. And though I keep moving away, Munich has become my home. And even if I stay away for another ten years, I will probably return to Munich.

For a person: Marilyn Morris is 45 years old. The Munich-based actress was born in Schärding in Upper Austria, and played her daughter alongside Hannelore Elsner in her latest film Long Live the Queen.

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