With our portrait series Move Forward, we want to put a spotlight on the artists we’re inspired by and who are starting a movement of their own. For one day, they show us how they like to get around town and what drives them.
Caro Cult is a Berlin-based actress known for her parts in films like High Society. Currently, she’s one of the leading actresses in the internationally renowned television series Babylon Berlin, immersing herself in the Berlin of the twenties. The series is the most elaborate and expensive German television production to date, as well as the most expensive non-English language series.
Caro was discovered by the late photographer Oliver Rath, who made her his muse and worked with her for over three years on various projects, immortalizing her with his boundary-breaking photographs. unu also has a connection to Oli Rath: When we moved from Munich to Berlin in 2014, the photographer did a shoot with Caro for us – one of his photos from this shoot is included in this article.
Caro is a vegan, as well as an official PETA ambassador, campaigning for animal rights. Sustainable life and mindfulness play a big part in both her life and work – one of the reasons why the unu Scooter is the perfect means of transportation for her in Berlin.
For two days we accompanied Caro through Berlin as part of our production 'Move Forward'. From castings and photo shoots, shopping at Original Unverpackt, where you can make do without any packaging materials, or dinner at the Restaurant Vegetarian Butcher to a film premiere – Caro shows us how to get from A to B easily and quickly with the unu Scooter. In our interview, she tells us what attracted her to Berlin, how she feels about sustainability and how she deals with the responsibility she holds as a public figure.
Dear Caro, you were discovered by photographer Oliver Rath and were his muse. How did this happen?
When we met, we instantly shared a deep familial level of trust to each other. We were both crazy, two crazy souls who immediately understood each other. I can't describe exactly how it happened. We started taking photos and it was clear that from now on we would always create art together.
Additionally, we just became incredibly good friends who confided in each other a lot. Just very pure and without any ulterior motives.
What does a normal day look like to you, does that even exist?
Normal days don't really exist. Every day is different, because I am very lucky to always be able to work on something new, always with different and wonderful people.
As an actress you are certainly on the move a lot - where is your personal place of calm?
That’s definitely at home. Here, I recharge my batteries and release all the creative input I gather outside in the wide world. I love to paint, write, cook and make music. That's also what makes me truly happy. To create art, no matter in which form. And when I realize that I am creatively empty, I know that I have enough free space for the colorful impressions outside the door.
Which places in the city inspire you?
The places where art is created and new things are taking shape. The places that shine with freedom, where people can feel free. Those that radiate special energy because people have created them with love and passion.
What exactly do you value about cities?
Cities are usually an absurd mix of the most diverse personalities and yet you often recognize where someone comes from because each individual gives something of his/her own, a part of his/her energy. You just feel that energy and that's incredibly inspiring.
And about Berlin in particular?
For me, Berlin is a charming, cheeky personality - she is often unattainable and you can't bind her to you, but she has an incredible appeal. You just have to love her - despite all her mysteries and dark sides.
What does the unu Scooter enable you to do?
I have a very varied daily routine, so my scooter allows me to get from A to B quickly and flexibly, without waiting unnecessarily long. Scooter riding is fun and connects me with my city. It also means feeling the summer, taking care of everything, experiencing a lot and leaving as little dirt as possible behind.
unu greatly values sustainability. To what extent is this reflected in your lifestyle?
I try to take every step as consciously as possible in my life. It's a pity that you can't really survive in society without leaving garbage behind, but my premise is to minimize it.
If you decide to deal with things consciously, you automatically become more responsible and with every further step in a sustainable direction you also strengthen your inclination to do so. It’s a nice interplay that leads you to become better and better. Even if you can probably never be free of mistakes, it’s still very nice to consciously decide every day to get closer to your ideal image.
As an actress you are a person of public life. How do you deal with that?
I always try to make it clear to myself that you have a role model function that you should bear with responsibility. I will always try to be as good and environmentally friendly as possible. I am very grateful for this gift to be able to inspire my fellow humans and I am happy if I can give a small impulse to a "better" world.
Of course I also make myself vulnerable, but I try not to let it get to me. The values I represent should be above my ego. After all, I am only a transport surface that can be interpreted in many directions. I don't think you can make yourself aware of this often enough, because otherwise you might miss your actual goal.
Which new projects are you planning for the near future?
I'm currently shooting a project that I fall more in love with every day: Babylon Berlin.
I'll probably be busy with it until April. What other great surprises 2019 has in store? Well, we'll all find out in due time. Until then it's time to enjoy life and inspire!
Thank you very much, dear Caro for the nice conversation and the inspiring video shoot!
All photos: Johanna Berghorn
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