Falk Hentschel on Skiing, Travel and His Favorite Whiskey Drink
Actor Falk Hentschel, who stars in the upcoming Universal Pictures film Welcome to Marwen, is passionate about overcoming adversity. Although he plays the villain in the movie, Falk can sympathize with the heart-wrenching themes of the film.“I feel like this is the first project I’ve been involved with that’s so honest. It’s about a man who is brave enough to say, ‘I am who I am,’ who faces adversity and suffering, but gets back up,” Falk openly admits. “I’ve struggled with body dysmorphia, eating disorders, and depression, [but] all of those things don’t diminish you.” Falk is an advocate for mental health issues, and encourages people to eradicate the stigma around those tough conversations.
Born and raised in Germany, Falk grew up watching films of the American greats like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. At age 14, he studied ballroom dance, which started his career as a professional dancer. He toured with international acts and was a backup dancer for Britney Spears and Mariah Carey.
Falk wrote, produced, and starred in a series of short films, which led to his first major role in Knight and Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. He credits Cameron with giving him the guidance and support that he needed as a young, aspiring actor. “It was really Cameron who encouraged me. She told me to never give up,” he recalls. He now pays that wisdom forward to other young artists. Soon after, Falk booked roles in The Closer, CSI, NCIS: Los Angeles, Jack the Ripper, and StreetDance 2.
Comic book fans will recognize him as Hawkman in the shows DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, and The Flash. Welcome to Marwen, featuring Steve Carell, Eiza Gonzales, Diane Kruger, and Leslie Mann, premieres December 21. Falk took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for Chilled.
Tell us a bit about the projects you’re working on.
I’m currently working alongside Rosabell Laurenti Sellers and Florence Kasumba on a Syfy thriller show called Spides. It’s a classic Body Snatchers, alien invasion-type story set in modern-day gritty Berlin. I play David Leonhardt, a grumpy undercover cop. He slowly uncovers that the drug Bliss, which he’s been trying to rid the streets of, might be preparing the human body to receive alien beings that will take over the world if not stopped.
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?
When I’m back home in Oregon, I love to ski Mount Bachelor in winter. It’s a dream to be so close to the mountain. I love it. I also just recently picked martial arts training back up.
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
My life partner and I love exploring new cities and doing tasting tours. So basically that means that we start at one restaurant based on friends’ or Yelp recommendations, and have a starter. There, we ask the waiter where we should grab our next course. So basically we eat ourselves through the city all night. It’s awesome—always an adventure. What types of dishes do you usually order?I love trying new things. Oftentimes, I get whatever the waiter or chef likes best. I want to be surprised, and dare myself to new tastes. Do you cook?Yup. My dad taught me to cook, and I love when I have the time and sense for it.
A big tradition in Germany is Christmas goose—roasted goose with sweet and slightly sour red cabbage and dumplings. It’s our version of the turkey dinner. I’m looking forward to cooking it again. Also, we do the Home Chef thing. They deliver all the ingredients to you with new recipes to try. It’s a great way to catch up, connect, and cook a meal together. What types of drinks do you order when out?I used to love whiskey drinks a lot. I still do. Especially with honey and lemon. But recently, I’m really enjoying Gin & Tonics. Overall, though, I’m not that much of a drinker, and rarely go out. Do you prepare drinks at home?Sometimes, but in Bend, we’ve got a lot of local breweries, so I usually just a pop a beer, sit back, and relax. Shout-out to Deschutes Brewery and its Pacific Wonderland!
Do you own a home bar?
Nope, but I own a mean espresso machine.
If you did, what would it be like?
I think it would be all about the lighting and mood. I would want it to feel cozy and comfortable; a place where people can sit and connect, rather than get hammered and party. What is your favorite drink/cocktail? Honey Badger (whiskey, lemon, and honey), Gin & Tonic, and Old Fashioned. Have you ever been a bartender? No, I have not.