It is so important for us here at Fusion to continue connecting with industry professionals even when we aren't at our events. We use social media to reach new creatives and a recent virtual friend has become the lovely Karolina Muller.
We are excited to welcome you to The Green Room and find out more about your career to date.
It’s my pleasure to join you for an interview in The Green Room.
Firstly, we are living in some very unknown and difficult times right now. How have you been and have you found new interests and hobbies whilst having limited time outdoors?
Indeed, these are some difficult times we are living in right now. Personally speaking, I’m doing fine despite all this.
I’ve been living in Switzerland for the past two years, and the Covid-19 situation has been handled very well here.
My hobbies have stayed pretty much the same, just developed into a more mature level, I’d say. I just spent more time on perfecting my skills, I love sports but honestly, haven’t worked out since the beginning of the lockdown, so I mainly hike in the open air these days.
I also started to cook more. It relaxes me. It’s like painting, I think. It’s nice to mix spices and colours in a dish 🙂
With the world opening up a lot more some industries are beginning to get back to where they were, do you have any projects you are waiting to get started or even finished?
A lot of my projects worldwide have been unfortunately cancelled or postponed for the obvious safety reasons. However, this doesn’t stop me. I’m staying positive and hoping for a better future for everyone to come.
I love to go back to the start and find out about the journey's people take. Your initial focus was the fashion industry and modelling. When did this all begin for you and what was the appeal?
Modelling was something that just accidentally landed on my lap at a young age in the 90’s. I’ve never really dreamed of becoming a model, however, I got discovered and convinced to give it a try. I then moved to Paris and later emigrated to the USA and travelled the world for numerous modelling assignments.
It definitely gave me the opportunity to meet and work with some very talented and interesting people.
Tell us how you then began to find roles in films and series?
Modelling also helped me by opening the door to the film industry. After the 90’s Super Model Era ended, I took acting seriously and studied the craft in NYC. I then made a smooth transition and appeared in some movie and TV productions in the USA.
That’s how my adventure in film began.
Do you think you would prefer to do one over the other, or are you looking for that happy balance whereby you can do both and enjoy the benefits of each one?
Honestly, I’ve never thought that I’d embark on any of these career paths. I’m grateful that I did though. It wasn’t easy for sure, but I do love my job, whether it’s acting or modelling. I think, I’m also at the stage in my career where I’d like to find a balance between the two industries and continue doing both.
Now we host our East Europe event in the lovely city of Warsaw. I know you now live in New York, but you title yourself as being American-Polish. How often do you visit Poland and did you move away to focus on carving out your career?
I spent the majority of my life in NYC. I left because of work. Now that I live in Switzerland visiting my mother’s land is much easier. Poland is a great and a very beautiful country. I like to visit it as often as possible. It has changed a lot since I left. My family is still there and I do my best to see them a least
once a year.
Do you have any projects lined up where you have created and developed ideas or are you comfortable right now with appearing in front of the camera?
Camera, is all I know. I grew up in front of it. Camera took me from a teenager to business woman without transition. I like the life in front of the lens. I do have some projects in the pipeline, however, their fruition now mostly depends on the pandemic situation.
I keep my fingers crossed, it’ll soon be resolved so that we all can move, travel and work more safely and freely.
The film industry is always changing yet opportunities for female performers and directors is always criticised. Is this something you think about often as your career develops?
Both Fashion and Film industries change all the time.
I believe it’s important to be flexible, to adapt to those changes as they come. I think we learn through the entire life. It’s important to find the niche in the business and the balance in between. I’m very open minded, always ready to learn something new, so I definitely don’t limit myself in my endeavours.
Now I know you have been credited in a few roles. What was your favourite experience and why?
Every role I played brought new experiences.
I guess, the one I’ll emphasize on is the role of the waitress in “Deception” with such amazing talents as Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor. I got completely star shocked! Had a tremendous stage fright, that even my legs were shaking. Horrible feeling!
Well, it has never happened before and it was quite an overwhelming experience. I now know how to handle any anxiety.
And a final question- what is it about the entertainment industry that you love?
I basically grew up in the industry. I don’t see myself in any other business but entertainment and fashion. I do want to continue working on and developing my career. I think it’s important to leave something behind for the future generations and the art’s one of the best ways to do it.
Karolina, thank you so much for taking the time to join us. We really hope we might be able to meet you in person on the festival circuit soon. Take care for now and you are free to leave The Green Room.
Thank you so much for having me.