Q&A WITH VERONIKA SLOWIKOWSKA ON ‘WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS’ AND THE TORONTO COMEDY SCENE

Veronika Slowikowska is one of the exciting emerging talents currently populating Toronto’s comedy scene.

Veronika Slowikowska is one of the exciting emerging talents currently populating Toronto’s comedy scene.

The Barrie-born performer has recently had her talents recognised with a starring role on FX’s What We Do In The Shadows. Based on Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s feature film of the same name, the show is a documentary-style look into the daily lives of four vampires who’ve “lived” together for hundreds of years in State Island. Veronika plays the role of Shanice, the nerdy and awkward roommate of Jenna (played by Lady Bird’s Beanie Feldstein).

Close-up Culture’s James Prestridge caught up with Veronika for a quick chat about her recent work.

Q: I’m a sucker for the film version of ‘What We Do In The Shadows’. How exciting was it to be part of this TV continuation of Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement’s vision?

A: I’m also a huge fan of the movie, so I was excited just to even audition. It was seriously a dream come true.

Q: I’m a big fan of ‘The Office’, ‘The Thick Of It’ and anything by Chris Lilley. What was it like being part of a mockumentary?

A: Yes! I also love Chris Lilley, The Office, and right before I auditioned I binged American Vandal. Breaking of the fourth wall is the most fun. Being able to look at the camera and treat it as a character was a whole new layer as an actor.

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