Girlcrush of the week: Joyce Ilg, A.K.A. Obscure AWZ Character Appreciation Post (with picspam)

(Aside: You know what is fucking annoying? The fact that when you finally get round to tossing out half your old icons and replacing them with new ones, all the old posts on which you used the old icons revert to your default icon, no matter how perfectly suited those icons were to those posts. Come ON, InsaneJournal peeps! Surely there should be some snazzy solution for that by now. Not impressed.)

Why am I here? What am I doing? Oh, right. Hey peeps. Meet my girlcrush of the week:

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This is Joyce Ilg. Joyce Ilg is a young German actress who played Sophie Brenner on AWZ.

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Who the fuck is Sophie Brenner, you ask?

Well, this is her:

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She was in about ten of the early early Alles was zählt eps, and she played a girl who was madly in love with Ben Steinkamp 1.0 -- once upon a time I would have added "for reasons unbeknownst," but that was before I actually watched all the early eps and discovered that Ben Steinkamp 1.0 was actually pretty awesome, in all his geeky, ultra-dry, earnest, klutzy, loveable ways and that I'd take him over Ben Steinkamp 2.0 any day (even though shallow slut that I am, I'd still rather see Jörg Rohde take his shirt off than Jan-Niklas Berg).

The story went something like this:

1. Ben was unrequitedly in love with Vanessa, who was unrequitedly in love with Tim, who was unrequitedly in love with Nina, who wasn't in love with anybody.

2. Ben told Vanessa he was in love with her. Vanessa was like, "AWKWARD!" and ran off to Hamburg, as people do on this show (somebody hire Hamburg already, so we don't keep losing people to it!)

3. At some point, this cute little pixie-faced girl named Sophie started hanging out at the Centre ogling Ben. (She, Ben and Vanessa all went to school together.)

4. Nadja (who had been watching the UST between Ben and Vanessa with the natural mild concern of any mother who has to watch her son lusting after the girl he doesn't know is his half-sister) went, "OH THANK FUCK, BEN, BEN, LOOKIE THERE IS A GIRL WHO'S INTO YOU, A GIRL YOU DO NOT SHARE HALF YOUR GENES WITH, PLEASE SPARE YOUR POOR OLD MOTHER A HEART ATTACK AND GO FUCK ASK HER OUT."

5. Ben responded to this with a heartfelt, "Meh."

6. Nadja wheedled, nudged, encouraged and otherwise pimped the hell out of Sophie, who was apparently spending all of her pocket money to hang out at the Centre pretending to be really really into the weight room equipment (which was so cute I can't even tell you).

7. Vanessa returned and was still utterly and completely uninterested in Ben in any non-BFF way.

8. Ben, attempting his best to get over his unknowingly-incestuous crush, and unwilling to lose Vanessa as a friend, manfully moved himself to notice that actually, Sophie was one helluva cutie, and finally asked her out, leading Nadja to weep in Mike's arms with gratitude before shagging him boneless (I may just be imagining that last bit. Shuddup, Show has corrupted me - I actually kinda dig some parts of Nadja/Mike. The middle parts, mostly.)

9. Ben and Sophie proceeded to go out on several dates at Essen's only eating establishment, geeking out over movies and Coke together whilst Vanessa looked on with the beginnings of a frown because OH NOES, THE GUY I DON'T WANT IS SUDDENLY DATING ANOTHER GIRL AND I AM NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THIS, LIKE, AT ALL, WHYYYYYYYYY!

10. Sophie was all sorts of adorbs and continued to be madly into Ben, who continued to manfully attempt to be madly into her but wasn't really. Sophie was also one of the few females on AWZ who was refreshingly not rendered completely stupid by being in love and caught on pretty quickly that Vanessa might not know it yet but would shortly feel compelled to move in on Sophie's man. Sophie took pre-emptive action by swanning around in front of Ben in a smoking hot bikini, innocently asking him if he thought it fit. Ben thought it fit. I thought it fit. Hell, even Vanessa, who was there at the time, NOTICEABLY THOUGHT IT FIT EVEN IF IT WASN'T IN THE SCRIPT.

11. Vanessa was exceedingly grumpy with both Ben and Sophie and alternated wildly between completely ignoring them and suddenly maniacally shoving herself into their dates trying to hog attention in a really aggressive and unappealing way (early evidence of Why Vanessa Should Never Be In Love With Any Guys, Ever, because apparently the only way these writers know how to write Vanessa-in-love is Vanessa-morphing-into-a-semi-homicidal-bitch). Sophie was unimpressed. Passive-aggressive sexy glaring matches and underhanded verbal jellyfish attacks ensued:

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(Why yes, they ARE totally staring at each other's lips.)

12. Ben 1.0, who was much smarter than Ben 2.0 even if he didn't look as good shirtless, copped on that Vanessa might be into him after all. Vanessa denied this with much bitchery, thus pretty much confirming that Ben was right.

13. Sophie organised a picnic for herself and Ben (next to the ping-pong table, naturally), which apparently is some sign of ultimate commitment only slightly less serious than marriage among Essen's dating youth, because Ben promptly freaked out and broke up with her. Sophie desperately asked if it was her. Ben desperately flailed that no, no, it really wasn't. Sophie told him he was a giant twat and dashed off in tears.

14. Ben and Vanessa collided in a sparkly pink explosion of pure teenage incestuous love.

15. Nadja went "OMGWTFBBQ."

16. Sophie was never seen again. SADLY, BECAUSE SHE ROCKED :CCCCCCC

So that was that. I desperately want her to come back on the show and hook up with Vanessa. Or Katja. Or Frank. Or Izzie. You guys, I am so not picky, I just want her back. She was adorbs, she had personality, she could act, she looked hot in salmon in a way I suspect few people besides Deniz Öztürk can pull off (stuffed curry sausage, my arse!).

And so, without further ado, Joyce Ilg picspam!!

Joyce has great taste in t-shirts:

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Joyce can wear the hell out of a coat:

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Joyce can also wear the hell out of a red dress (in fact, I'm not entirely sure whether I covet her or the dress more in this pic):

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Joyce is whacky in an endearingly early-Trelawnian way:

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Joyce is a sexy geek:

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Joyce looks hot in retro:

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Joyce looks hot in yellow:

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Joyce is fresh-faced yet sultry:

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Joyce has a killer smile:

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Random factoid too weird to be fake: In 2007, she was in some printed ads for Aldi. As in Aldi the tacky discount store, not Aldi the sleepless subtitling obsessive menace. THAT'S RIGHT. SHE WAS PROMOTING ME LONG BEFORE I WAS PROMOTING HER.

Seriously, I want her back. I don't even care as who. Show needs new skaters! Axel needs a new geeky assistant! Keule needs a daughter he never knew about! Katja needs a confusing girlcrush! Hell, the Wild brothers need another sibling, IDEC. When we buy Show, we are so getting her back.

Comments

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, I LOVE YOU. I WISH I HAD MORE TO SAY, BUT THIS ONE SENTENCE SUMS UP EVERY TOTALLY HYSTERICAL AND INSANE GIGGLE AND EMOTION THAT IS IN MY BRAIN RIGHT NOW:

14. Ben and Vanessa collided in a sparkly pink explosion of pure teenage incestuous love.

SERIOUSLY, I'M DYING, HERE. (And just to be one of those really annoying people who asks these kinds of questions: where were you watching the old episodes? Was it recently?)

I THINK THAT SHE'S ACTUALLY IN AMERICAN WITH VANESSA AND NINA. I LIKE THIS CANON BETTER, AND I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW SHE EXISTED TILL LIKE TEN MINUTES AGO. *PAWS*
In "America", dammit. Can I call that one a Freudian slip? Eh, I'm going to, anyway.
*G* I would also like to state that the teenage incestuous love was lovely overplayed later. It lasted a ridiculously short time. To hear them talk about it later, you'd think they'd gone all hardcore Flowers in the Attic for YEARS or summat.

I started watching the old ones ages ago, then left off somewhere around 100 and never had time for them again, then a while ago had a random urge to marathon through them. They are dear. Quaint, and very different, but fun. So many characters got a total personality make-over! Generally over a long time and in believable ways, but it's weird looking at how they started out.

VANESSA AND SOPHIE IN AMERICA? YES, I APPROVE OF THIS PLAN. I EVEN APPROVE OF THEM BEING IN AN AMERICAN, AS LONG AS THEY GET TO TAKE TURNS.
I'm watching too many soaps. Why do I remember her playing on Unter Uns, but not on AWZ? DDD: Priorities, brain! So thanks for the recap, Aldi. :D

I'm sure she just waits at Essen's invisible high school. See, Show? Deniz has to go to school again. Education is very important. Better chances on the job market and such, Y/Y?

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH, she did ads for ALDI? OMG I have to google that right now. *runs off* *distracted by picspam* *ogles*
Oh hahahahaha, yes I meant to mention she was on UU but then I forgot because I never watched it and apparently my brain can't be arsed to remember stuff it isn't personally familiar with, IDEK.

Ooooh, if we're talking school, SHE COULD BE A SEXY TEACHER. I am all sorts of easy.
Oh she is mighty cute! She looks a bit like Zooey Deschanel in some of those pics. (And that's a good thing!)

I was torn over whether I like her whimsical Trelawney look more or the sexy geek look, but then I remember that if AWZ taught me anything, it's how to be flexible in my crushes. SHE NEEDS TO COME BACK! For this reason alone: Sophie was also one of the few females on AWZ who was refreshingly not rendered completely stupid by being in love... You know, Deniz's sibling could have had a sex change...
Isn't she adorbs? *paws*

You know, Deniz's sibling could have had a sex change...

He could, I was thinking that too! I'd totally be turning a blind eye if they wanted to revisionist-history that.
GUH SHE IS GORGEOUS! WTH, SHOW? WHY WOULD YOU RID YOURSELF OF SUCH LOVELY DELICIOUSNESS.

aahahaa, I have the mad urge to go back and watch this Ben/Vanessa/Sophie triangle now. I've only watched the early eps sporadically and, lolol, I might actually dig Mike/Nadja now too ahahaah. I watch his icky scenes with Nina in DeRo 1.0 days with a whole new appreciation these days. I am quite possibly mad though.

BUT YES. GIMME. SHOW NEEDS A NEW GAL AND SHE NEEDS TO BE INTO OTHER WOMEN. THIS HAS TO HAPPEN.
HAHAHAHAH OH SHELLY ILU.

I might actually dig Mike/Nadja now too ahahaah. I watch his icky scenes with Nina in DeRo 1.0 days with a whole new appreciation these days.

Hahahahahahahah, YES YES, YOU ARE MAD. I AM NOT QUITE THERE YET.

But yeah, I kinda liked Mike for a while there - especially since the break-up wasn't nearly so much over Mike wanting kids and being pushy as it was over him feeling left out because Nadja suddenly was all, "MY TEENAGE SON IS PROBLEMATIC AND YOU CANNOT POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND, AS YOU ARE NOT A FATHER YOURSELF" and then Marian was all smooth and "OH HAI NADJA, I ALSO HAVE A TEENAGE SON WHO IS ALSO PROBLEMATIC" and Nadja was all "O RLY? LET'S BOND OVER HOW PROBLEMATIC OUR TEENAGE SONS ARE" and Mike was all "...Coke, anyone?" and it was sad. And they had good chemistry for a while and the long rocky path towards Mike/Ben bonding was dorky and kinda cute (Ben was in a wheelchair at the time and Mike was doing physio with him, there was so much inappropriate groping you don't even want to know - well, YOU might, actually), and also Mike had the most original apartment on Show EVER, it had turquoise walls and lots of artsy decorations and Mike was SO meant to be Roman's love interest originally, SO SO, lol.

Erm... YES, YOU NEED TO WATCH ALL THIS STUFF, SHELLY. YOU'D LOVE IT *G*
OMG, I remember her! She's so adorbs, how did I ever forget her in the first place? *paws her* She totally needs to come back, totally!
Also, I loved Ben Steinkamp 1.0. (And I may or may not have shipped him with Tim, quite madly. Shup, you know you love me.) Which is why I wasn't too impressed with Ben Steinkamp 2.0 to begin with and even though he briefly won me over I'd happily take 1.0 back now. Show kind of mucked things up with 2.0.
Ben was awesome, definitely. (And gah me for forgetting he was Ben Roschinski back then - the switch to Steinkamp was one of the new one's dumber ideas). Really the two are so completely different that I generally just think of them as two different characters, lol.

(I do love you! And your mad shipping ways! I don't think I've ever shipped Tim with anyone other than possibly Julian, but that's the beauty of Show - SO MANY POSSIBILITIES!)

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Holy mother of crap, HOW CUTE IS SHE. And I am with you in coveting that red dress. I believe I may have to join you in your girl-crush.

--Manda, who is very entertained by your IJ
Hi!!!!!!!! (hahahah, there I go keeping all my fandom gushing over here so as not to completely annoy the crap out of my IJ f-list, and here you are seeking it out! I kinda love you.)

Yes, yes, you must join the crush! We can keep her in a wee cage and feed her ice cream and make her wear pretty dresses for us! :D

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