Cheryl Shepard has completed her first Rosamunde Pilcher film, which will premiere on Sunday. She discusses filming in Cornwall and what she like about Lake Constance. As a spectator, Ms. Shepard, you know what to expect from a Rosamunde Pilcher film. Did you realize what you were getting yourself into as an actress?
That was my very first Pilcher. Previously, I had only known the completed films, the stunning images, and the love tales. I was really curious to see what was going on behind the camera! It was fantastic all around.
I had a little mishap. My wallet only arrived after eight days. Of course that was a bit stupid because I did not have any clothes. But my plans to travel around a bit would have come to nothing anyway.
We shot a time ago. In England, masks were no longer worn, and those who wore one were occasionally addressed strangely, occasionally indeed unfriendly. But of course we actors were asked to cover ourselves, which was accessible because else the firing would have been jeopardized. That is why we only moved in our small group and went for short walks. For illustration, I was with Leni Adams, who plays the womanish lead, my film son. So we were suitable to see and witness one or the other, for illustration an autumn tea. It’s an experience to be suitable to take part in.
And the auditoriums ! I have seen auditoriums , you can not imagine that in Germany. This is due to the moisture from the ocean, but also to the muzzles in Cornwall, which isn’t perceived as rain at each, more like a water spray, veritably OK . This has also been good for my skin.( laughs) And also the sun shines there again and win trees and cacti grow far and wide – it’s a fantastic blend. You feel like you are in the south indeed though you are in the north.
You sound veritably agitated
Yes, it’s really nice there. And these beautiful colors! I really get agitated about it over and over again.( laughs) And also this English benevolence, especially in the shops. Everyone wanted to know what your name is, where you come from, what you do. In Germany, nothing has ever called me “ Darling ” or “ squeeze ” at the checkout.( laughs)
far and wide in Cornwall, anyhow of whether it’s an senior lady behind the counter or a youthful man who’s slightly 19. And I stand there and suppose The people behind me have to be patient when the cashiers start drooling like that with every client. But they were patient. It’s part of their culture. It was different from Germany, but veritably nice.
In the film you play Hannah, a restorer. Do you also have a soft spot for old effects?
Yes. I actually have a flea request vagrancy. I love going to flea requests and looking for old stuff. I have been collecting effects for I do not know how long, presumably 20 or 30 times, although collecting is not the right word.
Let’s put it this way I buy effects that I like. And one of my pursuits is giving new life to old effects. Now that we have moved to Schleswig- Holstein, I see that the effects I have bought over the times fit impeccably into this house.
What is the biggest treasure you set up at the flea request?
That is a veritably delicate question you are asking me. Actually, what I bought last is always the most precious. But I formerly bought an old beacon for the house entrance. It’s hanging there now and makes me happy because it just fits by there impeccably.
She’s normal, but if you look, you can still see that she’s commodity special. I suppose it’s the first time it’s hanging nearly in this form because it was put together from colorful old corridor.
Do you bring monuments from photographing?
Unfortunately, what I like are frequently effects that do not fluently fit in a wallet. But I actually brought monuments with me. I formerly did that when I lived on Lake Constance.
What are those monuments?
Some have an intriguing pattern, a special color or just a nice shape. I formerly set up a gravestone on the islet of Reichenau while re-photographing the series” Star Catcher”.
I walk over a flower bed, look down, see this gravestone- it was so round from every side- and pick it up. He has been with me for 22 times now. My son keeps chancing four splint clovers. I have no way set up one, but I find monuments.
Where do you keep the monuments?
There are a lot on the window stave. occasionally I wash them and rearrange them. I do not know where this fondness for monuments comes from.( laughs) But I also have a fondness for mussels.
They’re veritably different in England than, for illustration, in Spain or on the Baltic Sea. They look different, have different density. I just can not stop collecting shells and monuments, I’ve to bend down again and again. My hubby always scolds me when we go for a walk.
also he tells me about the evening I missed and I show him what was on the ground that he did not see. How we round each other.
You came to Lake Constance in 1990 – why?
After my hubby at the time – he teaches at the Salem School – and I separated, I wanted our two daughters and my son to grow up with my current hubby like siblings. So I moved to Überlingen with my alternate hubby. And we managed to come a big amalgamated family. I lived at Lake Constance for 18 times. The lake is veritably special for me and my children. It’s home for my daughters, but my son also has a close connection to the lake, although Leipzig is his home.
Every time we went to Switzerland, where part of my family lives, it was nice to stop in Überlingen and meet old musketeers again, see myex-husband and his mate.
In recent times my hubby has continued to direct plays at the Waldorf School in Überlingen. The academy is veritably pious to him and he’s veritably pious to the academy. There are still a lot of ties, indeed to Konstanz – it’s just a beautiful megacity.
You were born in New York, lived in Switzerland for a long time, latterly on Lake Constance and in Leipzig- what does home mean to you?
For me, home means security. When we came to Switzerland from the USA- my mama is Swiss, my father is American- we moved to a small vill in Graubünden, my mama ‘s home vill. I learned German there and I still have family in this vill, our family house is also there.
I did not live there long- but the house is still the place where we all meet, my sisters with their children, me with my children, my parents, my aunts and uncles, relatives. And that’s home for me.
To come back to” Love and Other Treasures” and your character Hannah She has the lung complaint COPD and is floundering with the consequences, for illustration with oxygen remedy. Can you understand that?
I do not suppose it would be my way of dealing with an illness. I am anything but hypochondriacal, but I suppose I’ve a enough healthy suspicion and can tell when my body really needs help. also I also make sure that I get them and that I give my body what it needs.
But I wouldn’t repel the tube in my nose. It might not be enough, and it might not be practical, but it’s a lot nicer to breathe than suffocate.
In the film, Hannah goes on a tandem stint with her hubby, played by Thomas Heinze. Did that work out well?
I had actually done it before – I formerly rode a tandem through Berlin with my hubby. You have to get involved and trust the person who sits in front and sees more. also it’s commodity veritably beautiful. It was delightful to shoot too.
There’s always a happy ending with Pilcher flicks, and a predictable bone at that. The observers like that, else the flicks wouldn’t be as successful. How do you like this kind of liar?
It always depends a bit on my state of mind. There are days when I like it when a problem can not be answered- in film. In my private life, I am always happy when I can break problems.( laughs)
But there are also days when effects might not be going so well for me, so I am happy when I can just let myself go in discussion, when I do not have to consider major problems before bed, when everything ends well in the story. But it does not always have to be peace, joy and flapjacks.