Veronica Ferres, one of the biggest stars in Germany who has toplined hit TV series, minis and movies for almost three decades, crossed into English-language productions with 2014’s “Hector and the Search for Happiness.” This year, the 50-year-old thesp will see the release of Uli Edel’s horror-thriller “Pay the Ghost,” in which she co-stars with Nicolas Cage; and Werner Herzog’s thriller “Salt and Fire,” with Michael Shannon and Gael Garcia Bernal.
BUILDING BLOCKS: With her shingle Construction Film, Ferres has been a producer on “Hector,” “Salt and Fire” and the company’s next film, “Devil,” directed by Dennis Gansel. She liked working with Shannon so much on “Salt and Fire” that he’s co-starring in “Devil,” too.
BE PREPARED: “Salt and Fire,” set in South America, was a challenging production. “We were shooting for six weeks in Bolivia at 13,000 feet,” she says. Ferres spent six weeks preparing at a camp in Europe, where she slowly acclimatized to the conditions at that altitude. “Michael Shannon, Werner Herzog and me, we had no problems. But a lot of the crew members were bleeding, fainting, couldn’t see,” she recalls.
STUNT CASTING: Like Tom Cruise, Ferres enjoys doing her own stunts, “as long as the insurance companies allow it,” she notes.
REMEMBERING HER ROOTS: Although she wants to work more in Hollywood — her son attends Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design — she knows her continental profile is lucrative. “I have a happy career in Germany, in France and in Europe,” says Ferres, who is shooting a feature in Berlin this fall.