“Acting gives me something no other profession can offer, i.e. the possibility to experience emotions which are not available to me every day. It allows me to penetrate the mystery of another human being and of myself. However, it is also very demanding. I have always believed that to be a good actor one must enrich oneself as a human being, work not only on the parts one plays, but also on oneself. An actor can only raise the viewer’s interest when s/he has something to offer – his/her knowledge, sensibility, worldview, experience and… love.”
She is a graduate of the acting department of the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow as well as of the journalism department at the University of Warsaw. She has also graduated from the Musical School of the first degree (cello and piano class).
Already as a student she was noticed by Krystian Lupa – she played in his Mistrz i Małgorzata [The Master and Margarita] at Stary Teatr in Krakow and then in Auslöschung/Wymazywanie [Auslöschung/Extinction] at Teatr Dramatyczny in Warsaw.
This performance won the Grand Prix at the 37th International Theatre Festival BITEF in Belgrade, as well as many other prizes. After graduating she was taken on by Teatr Dramatyczny in Warsaw.
She won the Mieczysław Kotlarczyk Grand Prix at the First Competition for Actors for the Artistic Interpretation of a Biblical and Classical Text Verba Sacra in Poznań.
She was a student of outstanding actors and teachers, such as Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Peszek, and Jerzy Stuhr.
She played many leading parts, such as that of Nina Zarechnaya – the Seagull of the title – in Niedokończony utwór na aktora [Unfinished Play for an Actor] based on Chekhov’s Seagull, directed by Krystian Lupa, Alina in Alina na zachód [Alina Goes West] directed by Paweł Miśkiewcz or Deborah in Gry i zabawy [Plays and Games] directed by Tomasz Gawron.
She took up new challenges on the stages of the following theatres: Ateneum, where she played the Widow in Trash Story directed by Ewelina Piotrowiak, Teatr na Woli (Lola in Malambo directed by Ondrej Spišák and Jolanta in Bomba [The Bomb] directed by Maciej Kowalewski) or Teatr Syrena, where she played Teresa Sokołowska in Trójka do potęgi [Three to the Power] directed by Wojciech Malajkat.
At the same time she received film and series proposals. She worked both in Poland – with Radek Markiewicz (Metanoia), Piotr Trzaskalski (who received the 2012 prize at the Gdynia Festival for the film Mój rower [My Bike]), Filip Zylber, Krzysztof Lang, Teresa Kotlarczyk, Waldemar Krzystek, Maciej Migas – and abroad, with John Kent Harrison (Pope John Paul II) and Tim Robinson (Who Killed Stalin?). She was also eager to work with young directors on their film studies and short films.
She constantly developed her skills. She learned from Bernard Hiller (who worked with Leonardo Di Caprio, Cameron Diaz and George Clooney), Robert Castle from the Lee Strasberg Studio (teacher of Sean Penn, Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer), and Charles Weinstein (director working with Melissa Leo, Calista Flockhart and Laura Linney).
Her husband, Marcin Gajko, is a highly-regarded music producer and sound director. They have two children: Maks and Tosia
She is always curious of the world and of people, open, real and free. She travels, listens, paints, rides a horse and a motorcycle, swims, climbs and observes.
height: 173 cm
weight: 56 kg
hair: dark or other (as need be)
languages: English, French
Translated by Anna Kiełczewska