Ludwika Paleta has managed to earn her space within the world of entertainment. She has grown within this industry and has achieved success in each of the challenges that she has faced. No one would have imagined that the small and unbearable María Joaquina Villaseñor de Carousel I would go this far.
During the pandemic, the actress born in Poland but based in Mexico recounted in a conversation with Jimena Longoria how she came to the casting for Carousel and she got the role that catapulted her to fame and that makes her remain so present in the memory not only of a generation of Mexicans, but of many Latin Americans.
Although Ludwika was clearly artistically inclined, she had never thought of becoming an actress. It was her older sister, Dominika, who saw the little girl’s potential and encouraged her to follow her vocation. It was something that both girls kept secret and out of the knowledge of their parents.
“I don’t remember how old I was, but I looked in the mirror and did… I cried, total drama queen and then I think my sister saw me as half crazy and one day she took me to the Carousel casting. One day they told her that there was a casting and he took me, that’s how he was taking me, I think that for about six months hidden from my parents, my sister was 15”, recounted the protagonist of the series Mother there are only two.
This furtive incursion had unexpected results, considering the little – if not zero – experience that Ludwika had as an actress. The little girl was passing each stage of the auditions and she was gradually getting closer to the goal of getting the role, with the complicity of Eugenio Cobo, the director of the Center for Artistic Education of Televisa.
The inevitable came and she managed to become part of the cast, but now it was a big problem, she had to confess to her parents what she had been doing on the sly for months.
When the call from Televisa to Ludwika’s house was received so that an adult could take over the legal procedures of the contract, the truth came out. “One day they called at my house saying: ‘Who is this girl’s father? We need to talk to a responsible adult because the girl stayed,'” the actress said.
The violinist Zbigniew Paleta, father of the girl, did not agree at first. “‘No, the girl is not going to go to any casting, she is not going to do any soap opera,’ says the actress who was holding her father. Luckily, she managed to get her father to change his mind. “Then I don’t know what happened, I I convinced or I don’t know what happened and that’s how it all started”, he recalled.
The success of the children’s soap opera was immediate and Ludwika became a star overnight thanks to her portrayal of the presumptuous María Joaquina. “It was the 90s, the other day we were talking that in those times when social networks did not exist, cell phones and people did not become famous like that out of nowhere, it was very rare that you suddenly went out into the street and everyone turned to me. Let’s see, he asked me for autographs and I was very small, I was 9 years old. It was an event, I think my parents did not expect it, “he recalled.
Since then, a lot of water has passed under the river. Ludwika found in soap operas the perfect medium to grow. titles like Maria from the neighborhood, Friends and rivals, Wooden woman, Word of a woman, Abyss of passion Y The Centaur’s Mistress, among others, have his name as part of the credits. The actress has also dabbled in the cinema and has participated in films such as Like War (2021), parallel courses (2016), Flying low (2014), I don’t know whether to cut my veins or leave them long (2013) and six days in the dark (2003).
The tables of the theater have also seen it pass in productions such as The test, The 4 seasons, I don’t know whether to cut my veins or leave them long, Mirrors, A wild God, I scream to the sky with all my heart and It hurts. As if that were not enough, Paleta has also developed a facet as a producer and dubbing actress.
Ludwika is currently married to Emiliano Salinas Occelli, since 2013, and is the mother of the twins Bárbara and Sebastián. She was previously married to Plutarco Haza, with whom she had a son. At 44 years old, Ludwika Paleta has a solid and long career. And to think that it all started with a white lie that led her to audition for a children’s novel.