Vienna Blood’s Star Matthew Beard Talks About Its Third Season

Back To Vienna’s Golden Age

Vienna Blood‘s third season will air on BBC Two in December and here’s its star Matthew Beard talking about it…

Coming into a new season do you ever worry you might not be able to find Max again?

Well, there are always slight nerves when you come back to a character about whether you’ll find him again. But I think there’s something interesting in maybe not finding them again exactly as they were, not trying to recreate a previous version of a character but to see what new things occur. I find once you get the costume back on, the hair styled, you’re back in amazing locations and in the period or feeling like you’re back in the period, the character follows pretty quickly.

I’ve never done anything like this before where I’ve revisited a character over such a long period of time, so it’s been really interesting to meet Max again every year.

How does Max and Oskar’s relationship develop across the seasons?

In the first season there was a conflict between Max and Oskar. Max believes passionately in this very new science of psychoanalysis and has strengthened himself knowing that he’s going to face a lot of boundaries in trying to push this science forward. And Oskar is very uninterested in the world of the mind. They’re starkly different at the beginning.

And then they start to respect each other’s opinions, see each other’s nuances and begin to see the grey areas in life rather than being so black and white about things. They grow tight as a friendship and that makes both of them mature as people. Then in the second series that friendship really develops, and they become a great team using each other’s strengths.

And in the third season a new layer of conflict emerges. By this point, Max has written a book about the psychopathy of the criminal mind and a little bit about their adventures. And Oskar now starts to wonder if it isn’t just Max’s vanity and Max’s ego that’s making him interested in these murderers. So, there’s a new conflict and they try to understand each other on that front.

Can Max keep his professional and his personal life separate?

I guess for anyone who has any profession, there are moments when you can’t help but bring your professional life into your personal life. And there is a moment in the series where Max offers advice to Oskar in a way that might be a bit more than friendship, that is sort of based in a psychological understanding. But I think Max is quite good at reigning it in. He knows Oskar doesn’t want that. And I think it would be incredibly annoying for a friend to psychoanalyse you all the time!

How much is psychoanalysis a gift to Max and how much is it a burden?

In the first season there was certainly this sense that Max could do with looking at himself a little bit more, rather than psychoanalysing everyone else. Which I think is what he has done over the series, specifically in his relationships with Clara and his family.

I think psychoanalysis is a bit of a burden in the sense that Max has the tools but there are still certain places he doesn’t want to explore about himself psychologically. But a gift in that it’s a skill that Oskar and the police department at that time don’t have so he’s able to make himself useful.

What do you like about detective stories?

I think the genre is fantastic. It’s a great base to pour on all sorts of interesting culture and politics. 1908 Vienna was an interesting political and cultural time with beautiful costumes and locations. It’s such a fantastic backdrop for any story. The genre also takes us into some interesting worlds. This season, for example, we have a fashion house and an early silent film studio. We can tell these interesting historical stories through crime. You can do anything with the genre. I think crime is so satisfying because you follow the story in real time with the investigators, picking up clues, hopefully a few twists and some things you didn’t expect, but it always gets wrapped up neatly at the end and you have the satisfaction of a completed piece.

What do you enjoy most about Vienna Blood?

I think the most wonderful thing about Vienna Blood is returning to work with the same colleagues again. So, for example, the relationship I have with Juergen who plays Oskar, I’ve never had with any actor, ever in my life. Because I’ve never worked with someone for that long. We’ve known each other for four years and that allows you to build both an off-screen relationship and an on-screen relationship that you can’t really get other than through spending so much time together. We work together so in sync now. It’s that classic ‘finish each other’s sentences off’ thing.

Will Max ever settle down and be happy?

That’s a very good question. I would like to think he will. But I think he needs to look at himself a little bit first and start to deal with some of his own issues instead of everyone else’s!

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