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Joanna Kulig made her debut in the USA. “A dream come true that I never thought about before”

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Joanna Kulig starred in the romantic comedy “Love Without Warning” alongside Oscar-winning actresses. Joanna Kulig played one of the key characters in the story taking place in New York.

In “Love Without Warning”, Joanna Kulig starred alongside, among others, Oscar-winning actresses Anne Hathaway and Marisa Tomei. The film, directed by Rebecca Miller, also stars Peter Dinklage, known from the TV series “Game of Thrones.” Joanna Kulig received an offer to star in this film after the success of Paweł Pawlikowski's “Cold War”, which won an award at the Cannes festival and was nominated for American Film Academy Awards.

Ewelina Witenberg: Is this a fulfillment of one of your professional dreams?

Joanna Kulig: Yes. This is the fulfillment of a dream that I actually never thought about before, because it was really because of the “Cold War” that new doors opened, and indeed this contact with Rebecca Miller is absolutely because of the “Cold War”. She saw this movie. She was delighted with Zula's figure.

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I really, really liked the script and I was happy that I would have the opportunity to make my debut in American cinema alongside such a wonderful female director. Besides, the choice of actors was made because Anna Hathaway is a very nice person. Apart from the fact that I had a great time playing with her, she also welcomed me with such an open heart, and Peter, and all the actors in general.

These were such new working conditions for me and I felt so good, warm, even though I was very stressed. (…) I had never shot in New York, so after the first day I was very happy and glad to be in such company, because it was very developing for me.

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Creating a role

Love Without Warning is a romantic comedy showing the life dilemmas and love adventures of several couples. Joanna Kulig played the role of an emigrant from Poland who has been living in New York for years. She is married to an American and has a teenage daughter.

Ewelina Witenberg: I wonder how much of you are in the role of Magdalena, because she is also a committed mother and a woman who is trying to find herself abroad, trying to somehow arrange her life.

Joanna Kulig: I think it was definitely easier for me to understand my character because I spent a lot of time before the shooting (sightseeing – editor's note). I was in Los Angeles then, then in New York, and it is indeed a country of immigrants. It helped me a lot that I attended rehearsals with Rebecca. She invited me to her house, I lived with her for a week.

The prototype of my character was a Polish woman who had such a difficult life that she actually had to emigrate. She had a very difficult relationship with her husband, whom she had to leave. He has a teenage daughter, he is a very strong personality and he has to fight for this existence. She works in Brooklyn, cleans, is a very warm person and tries very hard to create a better world for her daughter.

"The prototype of my character was a Polish woman"

“The prototype of my character was a Polish woman”Ewelina Witenberg/Fakty po Południu TVN24

New reality

Joanna Kulig has been known not only to Polish but also international audiences for years. She played, among others, the author of such cinema hits as “La La Land” and “Whiplash” – Damian Chazelle – in the series “The Eddy”. Now you can admire her acting talent not only in “Love Without Warning”, but also in the series “The Lords of the Air”, produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

Ewelina Witenberg: Isn't it a bit like the popularity you have managed to gain in recent years in Poland and abroad is a bit overwhelming for you? What does it look like?

Joanna Kulig: Sometimes it is difficult to reconcile motherhood with acting and private life. A lot of energy is spent on logistics to ensure that everything has the right proportions.

Because the profession of an actor, even when you travel and fly so much, sometimes things come suddenly. I always try to approach it as a new adventure. I try to approach the fact that family somewhere is the most important, to subordinate it, but it requires such peace. I think I've learned a bit more because it was a bit overwhelming for me at first.

Author:Ewelina Witenberg

Main photo source: M2 FILMS



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