Dorota, the loyal maid and confidante of Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl, has gone from a small, supporting character to one with a huge story line on tonight's episode.
Actress Zuzanna Szadkowski becomes the center of attention as her funny character walks down the aisle on "The Unblairable Lightness of Being" this evening.
“I’m the luckiest person in the world,” Szadkowski said of her ever-expanding role. “It’s been a huge blessing and very exciting and fun to be part of the show.”
Szadkowski, a graduate from the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard, relishes her gig on the soapy drama and says she’s inspired her character.
“She’s very compassionate and very devoted,” she says.
“Sometimes I find myself a little bit disheartened or complaining in my own life and Dorota would really make most of the moment, so I try to be positive like her. I really look up to her.”
Zuzanna Szadkowski as Dorota on Gossip Girl.
Like her character, Szadkowski was born in Poland. But unlike her character, she grew up in the U.S. (Fort Wayne, Ind.), and speaks perfect English. She says:
“I share the Polish soul with Dorota but I don’t speak with an accent. The accent is not far off though. I modeled the Dorota accent after my parents because they really have that thick Polish accent. They love the accent and for them it’s a thrill, They get a kick out of it.”
Besides showing off her dialect, the single actress plays a pregnant bride and gets to sport a baby bump. “I’ve grown to be comfortable with the padding but it’s odd because I really do look pregnant. I sometimes catch myself in the mirror and it looks a little too real.”
“My stomach has become a magnet for other people’s hands. I kind of feel like a little Buddha because everyone is like rubbing me for good luck as they pass by.”
As for the wedding, which has Dorata marrying doorman Vanya, fans can expect the typical Upper East Side drama in tonight’s episode. Including with Eric.
“There’s an interesting turn in Eric’s (Connor Paolo) life,” reveals Szadkowski. “He has a potential love interest that shows up to the wedding ... It’s juicy!”