reFRESH with VERBOTENE LIEBE'S JO AND THORE
Verbotene Liebe's Jo Weil and Thore Scholermann chat to reFRESH Magazine about their life on the German hit soap, being the world's most popular gay couple, dealing with fame and what they think of each other off set. You can read a preview of the article at The Gay's of Daytime. Be sure to grab a copy and check out their exclusive photo shoot!
Photos of Thor and Jo: STEFAN MENNE | Cover: DEAN STOCKINGS; Model: ALEX PRINZ
Inside the mag on sale August 28th:
Jo on Fans
"When I played Olli for the first time for example there was an older male fan who wrote me long letters and wanted to invite me to go on holidays with him. I always politely declined. But he didn't want to hear it and kept on inviting me. In one letter he even asked me if I wanted to marry him and asked me where I live, because he wanted to move close. That was a little bit too much for me and so I stopped answering the letters."
Thore on Playing It Gay
"A very important question was if I could make it convincing....I considered the storyline as a challenge and a big chance to learn and grow as an actor."
Jo on Media Attention
"Of course it's brilliant that our story now becomes known all over the world. It's not the case though that I cannot go outside without being 'attacked' from some paparazzi. In Cologne, people are used to meeting 'actors from TV', so in this respect I can live here comparatively undisturbed.."
Thore on Gay Characters
"I gained inspiration from the movie Brokeback Mountain. I know that might be a little exaggerated but I try to aim high. After watching that movie I was surprised in a positive way. The movie showed how realistically and beautifully you can portray the love between two men, without making prejudiced viewers... "I'm not gay" - that was one of the most beautiful sentences in the whole movie. The two characters love each other and it doesn't matter what they call it."