“I don’t panic that easily,” says Maureen Vanherberghen (35) about the fire incident at Golden K’s. Her entry into “Family” as Commissioner Marlies – her first serious role ever – is nevertheless a great challenge. After all, her character has to solve Koen’s disappearance. And that role is played by her true love, Victory De Doncker.
“I couldn’t say no to solving the fictional murder of my true love, could I?” Maureen laughs in “Bye All.” Feel free to call it a big wink from the ‘Family’ creators. The departure of Sieg De Doncker (33) goes seamlessly into the idea of his girlfriend Maureen Vanherberghen.
His character hasn’t appeared on the show for a while, but Maureen is doing well with Sieg’s help. “When you enter ‘Family,’ you enter a complex machine,” she says. “Sieg was the perfect person to convince me of the warm atmosphere on set, tell me what’s expected of me and so on. Thanks to him, I also know what to expect. For example, that the ‘Family’ fans approach me with my character in a restaurant. He went through it all.”
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There was a moment of excitement during the presentation of the Golden K’s when Maureen almost set herself on fire. “You can’t see it anymore and I don’t panic that easily,” she laughs. Even now that she has to play a serious role for the first time, she remains calm. “It’s true, people mostly know me from cheerful caricatures of myself. For my role in ‘Family’ I was inspired by the main character from the Swedish-Danish series ‘The Bridge’, Saga Noren. She also often thinks she needs to anticipate the next move and silently observes her surroundings. Marlies has to do that too. It is also important to me: What I do as an examiner will be right. Ex-cops are often present on the set, like my comrade Rudy. And I regularly ask him if I don’t say or do unrealistic things.”
She cannot reveal how long Maureen will be with “Family”. In fact, this role allows her to further maintain her impressive resume. She sings, is known from Ketnet’s ‘Helden’, presented on Qmusic and will soon be the face of ‘Vlaanderen Vakantieland’ again. “It’s a lot of work,” admits little Nelle’s (1.5) mother. “In the coming months, being at home for a day will be confusing. But that’s how I like it, I consider myself particularly lucky to be able to be there for so long. I need adventure in my life so I will keep looking for it. And while many of my dreams have already come true, this one role in an adult musical remains on my wish list.”