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12/31/2018 11:19:00 AM
Actor with Dodgeville ties holds major role in "Better Call Saul"
When a Dodgeville native hears the last name Obma, they may reconnect to past times when Ed Obma's photography business occupied the county seat's Main Street. An appreciation for the arts continued in the Obma family.
Hans, Ed's grandson, is a graduate of UW-Madison studying journalism, Spanish, and also took various courses in French, German, and Russian.
Speaking foreign languages, and a love for acting, worked in Hans' favor, when being booked in many guest and recurring roles. Hans has carried many European accents in his roles including German villain "Hans Mattis" on NCIS: New Orleans, Croation patient "Dobroslav Charmain," on Fox Network's "On the Resident" and Czechoslovakian ill-fated supernatural "Gregor" in the CW's primetime series "The Vampire Diaries."
"Preparing various dialects is challenging, but I enjoy it," Hans said. "I specialize in dialects partly because I enjoy them so much."
By being a character with different dialects, Hans explains that switching from one character has not been a problem for him.
"My experience is that if a person thinks through the ins and outs of a role, and practices enough, then everything is where it needs to be," Hans said. "This was a happy discovery when I figured out that is how it works for me."
For Breaking Bad fanatics, Hans carries a German accent as "Adrian" on AMC's "Better Call Saul," which runs as the series prequel. Described by Hans, Adrian is more of the nerdy type in the German contingent. Being a supportive team player in life has carried over when portraying this role.
For Hans, the German dialect has been the most daunting aspect of Adrian's character.
"I speak a significant amount of German, and I really enjoy learning languages," Hans said. "Nonetheless, the first time I went to the studio, I really didn't know who I'd be meeting or how they'd receive me. As it turned out, the group of actors I worked with included native German speakers, speakers of German as a second language, and a couple of actors who did not speak German."
Because of his grandfather's ties to Dodgeville, Hans often makes trips back to the area.
"I get back to Dodgeville once or twice a year, generally with my dad (Bob)," Hans said. "I have him tell me stories about Dodgeville in the 1940's and 1950's."
When his grandfather Ed is mentioned he adds, "People still remember him taking their senior photos."
When revisiting Dodgeville, Hans said that he often goes to the house on Iowa Street where his father grew up.
"I have really good memories of Christmases there, and playing in my grandma's lawn, she always had tulips growing there," Hans said.
He also makes a stop to Quality Bakery, and buys the pasties and maple long johns made there. He also enjoys going to the drug store and visiting the downtown coffee shop.
To keep up with Hans, be sure to catch him in all the excitement on AMC's "Better Call Saul."





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