If you’ve seen Andrzej Wajda’s film Pan Tadeusz then you’ve seen Alicja Bachleda-Curuś. She played the stunning Zosia. She didn’t have a lot of screen time but the few minutes that she did, got a lot of attention.
This summer you can see her again in the new Neil Jordan (Director of Interview with the Vampire and The Crying Game) film Ondine opposite her real life beau (and father of her child) Irish actor Colin Farrell. Yes, former Hollywood bad boy Colin Farrell.
Ondine is the story of an Irish fisherman who catches a beautiful woman from the sea in his net. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and will be released in Canada and the United States on June 4th.
Alicja was born in the Mexican city of Tampico while her geologist father was there on assignment. She grew up in Kraków and appeared in a string of Polish TV shows before landing her big break in Pan Tadeusz.
Fluent in Spanish and English, she eventually moved to New York where she studied acting at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Subsequently she received high praise in the New York Times for her performance in the film Trade where she played a victim of international sex trafficking.
Director Neil Jordan apparently cast her because he wanted a striking but unfamiliar face for his title character.
Despite the fact that she now resides in Los Angeles, Alicja maintains close ties to Poland. After all, her last name “Bachleda-Curuś ” traces her roots to one of the biggest families of Polish highlanders (Gorals.) She regularly visits her family in Kraków and from May 24th to 29th she’ll be serving as a member of the jury for the 2010 Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.