Veronika Slowikowska was born and raised in Barrie, Canada. From the young age of three, Veronika has had her sights on performing. Her passion for acting began when her parents enrolled her in theatre classes, using the platform as an outlet to overcome her shyness. Veronika would go on to attend the Randolph College for the Performing Arts as well as Second City Conservatory where she trained in improv and was nominated for the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund, an award that recognizes and supports promising comedic performers in the early stages of their careers.
Since graduating in 2015, Veronika has amassed a number of credits under her name including DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS (NETFLIX), SEE NO EVIL (DISCOVERY ID) and the short film VIABLE. Coming up next. Veronika can be seen recurring in the highly anticipated comedy horror television series, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS based on the 2014 film of the same name written by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. Veronika plays the role of Shanice, the nerdy and awkward roommate of Jenna played by Beanie Feldstein. Veronika also stars alongside Kayvan Novak, Harvey Guillen and Matt Berry. The show will premiere on FX on March 27, 2019.
Other projects include the 2019 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival where she will be performing alongside her troupe My Chemical Bromance at the Comedy Bar. Veronika also recently released a teaser for her brand-new web series A Boy’s Memoir, which follows three teenage drama nerds who will stop at nothing to put on the performance of their dreams after their local High School Musical gets cancelled.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Hello! My name is Veronika Slowikowska and I am an actress/comedian/person.
Name one your strengths?
I’m a great listener.
What inspires you?
We’re all going to die someday so do whatever you want. That was dark.
Why and how did you get started in acting?
I was painfully shy as a child and acting helped. It was always fun for me.
What roles do you like to play? And why?
I love to play the underdog. The geek, or insecure type, that don’t take themselves too seriously. They’re always the most interesting and have the most room to grow.
Tell us about “What We Do In The Shadows,” and your role as Shanice?
What We Do In The Shadows is a hilarious show about vampires in their everyday lives. Shanice is a quirky, insecure, sassy nerd. She’s great.
And now about the upcoming 2019 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival?
My sketch comedy troupe My Chemical Bromance is performing in this years Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. We play three teenage drama boys who love to sing and dance while miming smoking a giant cigar. It’s a wild show that’ll have you dancing along.
What’s your advice for the newer actors?
Keep going! Work hard! Be nice!
What other projects are you a part of?
I recently produced/wrote/starred in a web series my friends and I are developing. Check the trailer out on Facebook/YouTube under A Boy’s Memoir.
How does a normal day in your life look like?
Going to the gym, attempting to bake something healthy but chocolatey, going out for ramen with friends, and most nights I have an improv or sketch comedy show.
What has been the hardest part of your career?
The hardest part was/is getting over the way I look. Comedy helped with that, comedic roles usually don’t care about that as much. I’m an attractive lucky young lady and yet the industry makes you feel like it’s never good enough. Also rejection! I’m okay with it but every two years I’ll have a little 15 minute cry over the roles that could have been.
Best advice ever given?
You are enough
What’s your favorite show on T.V. right now?
Broad City but it’s coming to an end. Loved Mad Men when it was on!
What do you do when you have some free time?
I usually go to the movies or go home to Barrie, Ontario in Canada and visit my parents. Shoutout Barrie, Ontario!
What is on your bucket list?
To voice a cartoon character like Finn on Adventure Time or Steven on Steven Universe. So fun and epic!
How would your best friend describe you?
Probably bossy, loyal and fun.
What quote do you live by?
“Grab this day by the neck and kiss it”- Bill Murray
Your idea of a perfect Sunday?
Love me a lazy Sunday! Catching up on my latest YouTube videos, ordering in Fresh (this delish restaurant here in Toronto), cuddling up with a blanket and watching Call Me By Your Name (I am so basic).
What’s next for Veronika Slowikowksa in 2019?
I just released the teaser to a web series my friends and I wrote/produced and starred in called A Boy’s Memoir. Check out the trailer on Facebook/YouTube.
Something people don’t know about you?
I’m Polish…but you probably knew that. Just wanted to clarify.
What is your own definition of happiness?
Getting that warm fuzzy feeling when you’re driving with your best friends and the sun is setting and you’re listening to your favourite song.
How would you describe your fashion style?
Dad jeans, summer dresses and Reeboks.
What is your favorite healthy food?
And your favorite cheat food?
What music do you like?
Lately I’ve been loving Phoebe Bridgers, Fiona Apple, Brockhampton, Elliott Smith…I think I like sad music
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
How important is Social Media for you?
I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. Totally addicted to my phone which sucks but I’m working on it! Am I good at social media?
Where we can follow you?
Do you support any charity?
The Trevor Project and Funnies For Families. Love what they’re doing.
Song: PIENSO EN TU MIRA (Cap.3: Celos) – ROSALIA
Travel Destination: Italy
Movie: Punch-Drunk Love
Actor/Actress: Joaquin Phoenix, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Sports Team: Poland, for whatever sport. Even if we suck.
Photo Credit: Connory Ballantyne