Speaking recently through Zoom, Ms. Zengel was hitherto gigantic and clever – that is to say, more like a regular 12-year-old – might suggest her recent roles. She said that, like most children in Germany, she spent most of this year at home, and that she was currently in quarantine as classmates tested positive for coronovirus.
Before being cast in the film, she said, she had never heard of Hanks. “I think I saw ‘The Da Vinci Code’ before, but I didn’t know who it was,” he said. “I felt it was just some actors.”
In an email, Hanks praised Zangle’s ability to perform “with no buildup, no apprehension and no self-consciousness”, and said he wanted her to have “the same spontaneity, her ingenuity.”
Zengel said she never took an acting class, “because I’m not sure there was much for me to learn.”
“I’m standing in front of the camera, I know what I need, and I do it,” he said, factually.
This attention and will, her mother, Anne Zengel, explained, has been her daughter’s identity since she was a child. Her biggest role in acting, at the age of 4, was largely fueled by parental disappointment, she said, because her daughter had “three times as much intensity” as other children and if she wanted anything Then he will be thrown out.
“He had to act in society, so we had to figure out how to redirect his energy,” she said.