“Metamorphoses are important to me, because it’s not enough to be beautiful” – Magdalena Lamparska on Netflix, Hollywood roles and the image of the girl next door [WYWIAD]

If “someone I think” is enough to be handsome, they are wrong. Beauty does not guarantee anything, it can often help, but also worry “- says Magdalena Lamparska, who has the label” neighbor girl “for many.” We are talking with one of the most talented actresses in Poland about overcoming this image, love of cinema, crossing our borders.

Julia Lubecka, Women.pl: This was the year of Netflix for you. On the platform, we first watched “How I Fell in Love with a Gangster,” then “The Raming of the Frew,” and most recently, “365 Days: Today.” premiere. Do you see the difference between a Netflix set and a movie and a “traditional” production?

Magdalena Lamparska: There is no difference in the production of the film, as it is often produced by Netflix on behalf of Polish producers. However, I can see differences in post-production and promotion. Netflix is ​​very committed to producing its own projects and knows exactly what its subscribers need.

JL: The second part of “365 days” appeared on the platform on April 27. You play Laura’s best friend, a confident and very crazy Olga. You said that you are most interested in crossing borders in your roles. Was Olga’s role also a desire to leave the comfort zone and break the image of the “neighbor girl”?

ML: Undoubtedly, Olga helped me to break this image, and I began to receive more mature, feminine suggestions. It seems to me that while reviving this image, I am visually detached from my image. Then it is difficult to recognize me. So the first part was a shock to many. They said, “Is he really Magda Lamparska?” Apparently, the actor is looking for roles that are completely separate from his work. “365 days” is an adventure and good acting fun for me to experience.

JL: Krystyna Janda said that you can play everything. Is this “all” a kind of ambition, or are there roles that you don’t take on?

ML: It is the dream of every actor to hear such words from Kristyna Janda. I am very pleased, but I know that I have a lot of experience and learning ahead of me. If I can play everything, it’s hard for me to talk about myself. I would definitely like to play different roles and try myself in different film conventions. How I fell in love with a gangster is a gangster movie. We are talking about the 80s and 90s. Then another project, “The raming of the Frew” – a romantic story that is still worth believing in love. “365 Days” is an erotic thriller. We use a different convention in each project, not only acting, but also film. Each project required the use of different means of expression, different messages. This diversity is the most interesting for me in the profession.

Magdalena Lamparska in “How I Fell in Love with a Gangster”

JL: I know that women’s stories amaze you a lot. One in particular – Paula Negri. It was thanks to a high school friend that you became acquainted with his biography, but what impressed you so much in his history that you decided to dedicate not only your master’s dissertation, but also 7 years of intensive research?

ML: Thank you very much for this question. In the image of Paula Negri, I saw something timeless that interested me. It got to the point where I decided to find out how it really was and whether the memories in his diary – the “Star Diary” I received from a friend – were true. I began a thorough investigation of her biography, when the actress showed a false birth date at the beginning of the book. He does this because Apolonia Shalupek’s birthday opens a new era – the era of Paula Negri. It can be said that the actress’s diary has many inconsistencies with the facts. Filmed in the melodrama of the 1920s. Every love was the best, every role he played was the greatest. However, it is very interesting that the only Polish woman from Lipno went to Hollywood and her name appeared on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, her hands and feet were carved under the Chinese Theater.

I was interested in the book not only because it is the perspective of the actress who speaks about the actress, but also from the point of view of the woman who speaks about the woman. Various questions arose. Is it worth giving up everything for a dream? Should you pay for your professional success with personal happiness? I am glad that I was able to realize one of my biggest dreams. I have a feeling that Paula Negri did something that seemed impossible to many. But she had to pay a very high price for it. I didn’t want him to be an created icon, I wanted him to be a real person who could teach us something here and now.

JL: In the book, you say that you discourage Paula Negri. You wanted to take it off the pedestal, but do the same with Hollywood. How is your experience with this great American film industry?

ML: It seems to me that this is the image of Hollywood, because this place is relatively far away, and we know it from the movies. It is not known how to start your career there, what to do to get an agent or work permit. There is no methodology for how to take this first step. There is a lot of competition in Hollywood and a lot of artists come from all over the world. As a result, it combines many different extreme emotions – on the one hand, it is an extremely inspiring place, the air is full of excitement of dreams and unfulfilled disappointments. You must be ready to work in the capital of cinema. Americans view the film industry not only as an art, but above all as a business.

JL: I heard that you have already started writing your next book. Will you bend over another artist, or will the theme change completely?

ML: It will be completely different. It will be a novel and I hope it will be shot in the future.

JL: If we are already talking about art and women’s voices, I would like to ask you about the Gerlsy Foundation, which you founded together with Olga Boładź and Jowita Radzinska. What stories would you like to tell?

ML: We want to tell women’s stories in a vague way. Our job is to fill the gaps we want. The film has a great social impact and forms a social consciousness. It is important for women to work together for our projects. This is our time. We have been in the patriarchate for a long time. Let’s not be afraid to unite in groups and work only with ourselves. It is also a period of confrontation with women’s stereotypes in our country, because there are many of them. The Polish mother stereotype sanctifies women and treats them most of all as secondary figures. We want to show women the full spectrum.

JL: The film “Alicja i żabka”, which you co-authored, impressed me a lot. The production beautifully depicts the emotional state of a young man and speaks of abortion in an incredible, different way. Why was this theme the first thing you wanted to put on wallpaper?

ML: This happened before the black marches and what happened in our country. We became interested in her earlier and came across a story that happened to us and inspired us to create Alice and the Frog. It is in this form of magical realism that we wanted to include a subject that cannot be judged after seeing it, that is, by writing a thesis. We wanted to create a project that would force us to discuss and be aware of the dangers associated with accessing the Internet and acting alone. Let’s know that today’s youth and the youth of ten years ago are a completely different generation. So we got into Alicja’s feelings, his spirit, his spirit, and we wanted to see what it meant to be a 14-year-old girl.

JL: What does it mean for you to be a woman in Poland today?

ML: I have a feeling that the world has changed a lot recently because of the war in Ukraine. Now I often lie in bed and feel very grateful that I have a roof over my head and that my family is safe. We return to core values ​​and some issues need to be set aside. Now it is important for me to support our eastern neighbors. I often meet mothers who are forced to emigrate to the playgrounds and leave everything behind – in the end I talk to them, our children play, tears begin, and I stand and hug this woman. Her husband is at war and she is in a foreign country, everything starts all over again, so it is difficult for me to answer this question in this situation. Now the more crucial question for me is: “What does it mean to be a good person?”

JL: Then let’s go back to the movies. You’ve known yourself on stage and on the screen for years, and this year we’ve seen three Netflix hits with your participation. Do you hear the voices you owe your career to beauty?

ML: I think if someone thinks that being “beautiful” is enough, they are very wrong. Beauty does not guarantee anything, it can often help, but also worry. I do not recreate attractive images in all my projects.

JL: You talked about the “taming of scams.” Beautiful photos are undoubtedly a great advantage of the project. You shot the film in the mountains of the Polish Tatra. When did you love the mountains?

ML: As a child, I spent time with my parents in the Polish Tatras. There is something really mystical about climbing a mountain, because the higher it is, the closer it is. The closer they are to each other, the closer they are to relationships and morality. I love the moment when I stand at the top and look at my life from a different perspective. Then you can take a distance, think and reason.

Magdalena Lamparska on the set of “The raming of the Frew”

JL: You and your husband love to travel and discover new places. How have your passions and family visits changed since the birth of your son?

ML: Of course, my wife and I have been very supportive of each other in realizing our dreams, and we created our own YouTube channel, “We Have a Family.” Bartek, I’m talking about travel, I’m talking about acting. It is known that life changes a lot, but it is worth showing children that you have dreams and they need to come true – and we try to do it.

JL: The protagonist, who discovers his identity, also plays a very important role in the “domestication of fraud.” You live in Poland, you raise your child here, but the rest of the family, mother and sister, live in the United States. How did you find your place on earth?

ML: I have a feeling that my identity is where my family is. This is the most important thing for me. He is currently in Poland, because I am not only involved in filming, but also in the theater, which is very dear to me. I do not know how it will be in the future. I learned not to plan anymore. The pandemic taught me not to look too far. He lives here and now.

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