Max Riemelt is a German actor who is making inroads into Hollywood. Riemelt commenced his career as a child actor back in his native Germany. He went on to feature in numerous movies and TV series, winning several awards in the process. The talented actor achieved wider fame through the hit Netflix series, Sense8, and since then, he has not looked back.
Even though he is unequivocally straight, people still tend to bring his sexuality to question because of the gay roles he has been featured in. Apart from his gay roles, Max Riemelt is a supporter of the LGBT community and makes no bones about it.
Max Riemelt Was Born To Graphic Designer Parents
Max Riemelt was born on the 7th of January 1984 in Mitte, a district in the eastern part of Berlin. The actor’s nationality is therefore German. He hails from a family of four and his father has been identified as Gunna Riemelt who earns a living working as a graphic designer.
Riemelt’s mum Judit is equally in the same profession as her husband which explains where he got his creative genes from. His family of four is completed by a younger brother who goes by the name Lukas Riemelt. Lucas seems to be following in his big brother’s footsteps as he is already a budding actor and from what is perceivable, the younger Riemelt brother is ready to spread his wings.
He Fell In Love With The Performing Arts While Still A Student
The German entertainer spent his formative years in his home Berlin where he first came into contact with the creative arts. He was still a student when he fell in love with acting and started showing up for acting gigs at the tender age of 13.
Showing enough proficiency in movie roles, Max Riemelt ended up being selected as part of the German movie, Eine Familie zum Küssen which saw the juvenile actor’s debut in 1997. Since this humble debut, Riemelt has gone on to act in other roles. The actor has other interests which include football, rapping, as well as kickboxing.
The Actor’s Breakout Role Was Accomplished On The Set Of Girls on Top
Max Riemelt has been acting for quite a long while before he landed his breakout role on the set of Dennis Gansel’s comedy Girls on Top which was released in 2001. In the comedy, Max essayed the character of Flint and went on to reprise the role in the movie’s sequel Girls on Top 2.
Another of his notable roles was in Free Fall (2013) where he shared the screen with Hanno Koffler. There, Max depicts a police officer in training named Kay Engel. The movie which is centered on a gay story has been compared to Brokeback Mountain. The German is also popular for his roles in movies like Before the Fall (2004), The Wave (2008)
He was Featured As a Psycho Killer in Berlin Syndrome
Berlin Syndrome is a 2017 psychological thriller about a young Australian photographer, Clare, who meets a local man, Andi, while backpacking in Berlin. The duo embarks on a stormy night of passion only for Clare to wake up and discover that Andi has taken her hostage.
He later turns out to be a psycho killer but she manages to escape in the end. Berlin Syndrome featured Riemelt as Andi while Australian actress, Teresa Palmer, played the role of Clare. The movie which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 received mixed reviews from the critics but the two leading stars were praised for their performance.
Netflix Series Sense8 Cast Him In The Role Of A Criminal Locksmith And Safe-cracker
Sense8 is a Netflix series about eight strangers from around the globe who discover that they are mentally and emotionally connected. They, therefore, work to understand each other while evading a mysterious organization intent on hunting them down.
In the series, Riemelt played the role of Wolfgang Bogdanow – a Berlin locksmith and safe-cracker who is involved in organized crime and has unresolved issues with his father. In keeping with the show’s global theme, Sense8 was shot in multiple locations worldwide and featured actors from different parts of the world. The series ran from 2015 to 2018 and eventually concluded with a two and a half series finale in June 2018.
His Effort In the Movie World Has Been Crowned With Awards And Accolades
Max Riemelt has received several awards in the course of his two decades (and counting) career. They include the best actor at the 2004 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and German Shooting Star Award by the European Film Promotion Council in 2005. He also received the best actor at the 2006 Marrakech International Film Festival and the best young actor at the Bavaria Film Award in 2006. Others are the Undine Award for best young leading actor in a feature film in 2008, and best actor at the 2013 Guenter Rohrbach Film Preis.
In February 2017, the French Embassy crowned him with the French knightly order of art and literature. The honor is bestowed on individuals who have distinguished themselves through their artistic or literary work or their contribution to the charisma of the arts and literature in France and the world.
The Actor’s Gay Roles Sparked Rumors About His Sexuality
Max Riemelt is openly and unequivocally straight. However, he is an outspoken supporter of gay rights and does not hesitate to take on gay roles. In the movies, it is quite normal for actors to exchange kisses with each other, whether same-sex or opposite sex. However, when the kiss goes beyond the screen, it becomes a different matter entirely.
This was exactly the case when Max Riemelt was seen kissing his Sense8 co-star Brian J. Smith at a festival in Brazil in 2016. Following the festival, Brian, who had previously declared that he is straight said the festival was for gay men, and them kissing was in order to show respect to the LGBT community.
Besides, one of Riemelt’s most popular movies to date is the 2013 movie, Free Fall. In Free Fall, the Berliner played the role of a gay rookie police officer, Kay Engel, who falls in love with his straight colleague, Marc.
The two lovers then have to contend with the police, their parents, issues of coming out, and Marc’s pregnant wife. Free Fall premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2013 and garnered positive critical reception.
Max Riemelt Has Had At Least One Relationship But Has Kept The Name Of His Love Interest Shrouded
Max Riemelt is one celebrity actor that has managed to keep everything about his personal life under lock and key. Consequently, nothing much is known about the woman in his life if any.
At a point in time, the German actor let on that he is a father with one daughter who lives with him in Berlin, Germany. However, Max has been stingy with information regarding his daughter, her name, and who the girl’s mother is. It is not certain if he is married or not.