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Diana Matlak has transformed Polish dreams into Hollywood reality
Polish born actress worked her way from her home country onto the screens of Hollywood films. In 2019 she will star in the feature film Complex Living.

For those who have never seriously pursued a career as an actor, the path seems predetermined and direct; set a course to get attention and earn millions starring in films as you become famous the world over.

In reality, a true actor rejects this idea, focusing on the work. This leads to an eclectic array of professional experiences which are solely based on the desire to perform and pursue the craft. It's not easy, which is why so few people make a lifetime vocation of it.

Actress Diana Matlak has seen and experienced nearly all the industry has to offer. From soap operas to feature films, short films to cable series; the one common thread to her work is that these productions are all noted for their excellence. As they say, you're known by the company that you keep and it's certain that this actresses' talent is the reason why she keeps showing up on the big and small screens.

Whether you've seen her appearances of HBO's Insecure (multiple nominations for Golden Globes, Primetime Emmy Awards, etc. and AFI Awards USA winner for TV program of the Year), Oscar nominated Roman J. Israel, Esq. (starring two time Oscar winner Denzel Washington), the Coen Brother film Suburbicon (George Clooney directed, starring Matt Damon, Julian Moore), The Train Trip, Warner Bros. Pictures A Star is Born (starring and directed by Bradley Cooper and also starring Lady Gaga), or any other number of productions, Matlak delivers performances that are both transparent and recognizable.

She possesses the ability to completely become the character while also standing out. Her lead role in the upcoming feature film Complex Living promises to be that opportunity that places her in the direct sights of the movie going audience and will be a career marking moment that many of us remember. In preparation, a perusal of her credits up to this point bears witness to the spectrum of her abilities.

Long before the aforementioned Hollywood hits, Diana appeared in one of the most well-known and enduring television productions of her native Poland, soap opera Na Wspolnej. Recognized as the flagship of the TVN channel and produced by the Polish branch of Freemantle Media, Na Wspolnej has been on the air for a decade and a half with more than 2,000 episodes. The actress fondly recalls, "The name of the show "Na Wspolnej" is taken from a name of the street in the center of Warsaw. The story follows the lives of the inhabitants of an apartment block there. I really loved being on this show and the opportunity to work with such great actors." 

Matlak gained notoriety in the Western film community via a few award-winning films including the Joseph Brandon directed films Coincidental Romance and The Train Trip. It was Diana's range which compelled the director to cast her in these productions. He professes, "Diana is extremely easy to work with but that's just the extra bonus to what she does on screen. She's possibly the most prepared actress I've worked with. She can be very subdued or go completely over the top when necessary, especially when it comes to comedy. You can feel that switch turn on." These Brandon films received numerous awards from the Indie Fest Film Awards, Best Shorts Competition, LA Shorts Film Festival, and even the Cannes Film Festival Shorts Corner(The Train Trip was an Official Selection). Diana's character in each is pivotal to the direction of the story yet she handles it effortlessly, an aspect noted by numerous critics and fans of these films. 

The most recent project for this actress is the starring lead role in Complex Living. As Natalie in this feature film (set for a 2019 release), Diana is a young woman who has been knocked down a few times and perseveres to attain her dream of becoming a fashion designer. It's the perennial tale of a strong woman determined to define her own identity, told in a very late 2010s way. Of course, it's only when she begins to make her own way that love presents itself to her, in the guise of a man with an overly watchful mother. Cissy Wellman (as the mother of this man, Mrs. Durham) is also a strong woman but from another generation. Wellman, known for her roles on Golden Globe winning productions Ally McBeal and The Waltons as well as Clint Eastwood's legendary The Outlaw Josey Wales, provides a great counterpoint to Matlak's performance.

When confronted with the fact that most of her roles are about people who have taken a gamble on themselves without a support system, Matlak concedes, "That's often the nature of many roles. This idea is rooted in my own story as well. Leaving my home in another country, struggling to master English to audition for roles, being separated from everyone I knew before…none of this was easy but to believe in yourself is very important. I've studied the culture of America deeply because as an actress, I must be authentic and understand exactly how my character feels. It wasn't an easy process but I am now doing what I have always dreamed of. It was worth every bit of the work and sacrifice."

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