Frederike van Oordt (15) from Lelystad makes her film debut

Frederike van Oordt (15) from Lelystad made her first film debut at the end of 2020: Mascotte. The film will be released in theaters at the end of this month. After more than two years of waiting, the film is finally coming out. At one point we had waited so long that I thought nothing would come of it, so the news surprised me. It will be my first premiere. I’m really looking forward to it!’

Mascotte is about a 17-year-old boy, Jerry Driessen, who thinks that in his world where possessions and appearance rule the roost, there is little place for him. His desires pile up and he finds support only with his mother Abbey.

Frederike plays Emine Driessen, Jerry’s sister. ‘She’s 14 years old and loves fursuits. Those are cosplay outfits, or costumes. But with fur.’ Does Frederike recognize herself in Emine’s character? Not really. “We live in very different situations. I think I’d be good friends with her if she really existed.’

Auditions

Frederike had her first audition in February 2020. She was 12 at the time. ‘I didn’t expect much from it, because I often auditioned without results. Then I was invited for the second round and it went very well. After a few weeks my father woke me up. He asked, “Do you want the part?” At the time I didn’t know what role he meant. “The movie,” he replied. Of course I said yes. I even cried with joy.’

October was the first shooting day. ‘I found it very exciting, but the cast and crew were very sweet, so I got used to it quickly. During the recordings I was allowed to play beautiful scenes and I was also allowed to do a fight scene. Not only do I have wonderful memories of shooting, but also of the cast and crew. I am very grateful that I was given this opportunity.’

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In the cinema

Frederike watched the film for the first time on December 13, 2021, together with the cast and crew. ‘It was very impressive. The editors had changed a lot in the editing, so I was surprised what happened in the movie. The end result is amazing and I can’t wait for the world to see this too. Of course it’s still crazy to see yourself on a huge screen. But that also makes it a lot of fun.’

The film will not only be shown in the Netherlands in the cinema. It can also be seen at the American Slamdance Film Festival on January 20. ‘Soon I can be seen in America, how cool is that? My dream really comes true.’

Proud parents

Frederike’s parents, Peter and Caroline, are very proud. ‘We always were, but she managed to surprise us again. She has been taking up her space very confidently on stage for years. And to be the only minor on such a set? That’s pretty clever.’

For Caroline and Peter, the most important thing was to have confidence in the producer, director and child counselor. ‘Frederike was 13 when the recordings started. The director was convinced that the cast only performs optimally when they feel safe and valued. Together with the director, the child counselor kept a close eye on whether everyone observed the rules on the set. That allowed Frederike to enjoy everything she experienced.’

Different kind of sport

Frederike was already familiar with musicals. For example, she played as an 11-year-old in the musical Nooit Gedacht Land. A new version of the well-known story that RTL Telekids Musical School and RTL Talent Academy realized. The Lelystedelinge got hold of one of the children’s leading roles.

‘Film is a completely different kind of sport than musicals,’ explains her mother Caroline. ‘In the theatre, things have to go right the first time. Scenes can be executed in different ways for the camera, to choose the best one later. That was very instructive for her and for us as parents.’

Caroline and Peter were also allowed to see the film. ‘We didn’t keep it dry. The story is quite intense and it made us quite emotional to see her in her role.’

Premiere

Mascotte will premiere at the end of January or the beginning of February. The film can then be seen in various cinemas in the Netherlands.

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