Zuzanna Szadkowski plays Blair Waldorf’s loyal maid, Dorota, on “Gossip Girl.” But despite her silly uniform, her character has become so much more than a servant. As Leighton Meester’s Blair relies on her as a sounding board, accomplice and shoulder to cry on, Dorota has evolved into the cult heroine of a show about spoiled, rich teenagers.
Like Dorota, Szadkowski said she only wants the best for Blair and her steamy, on-again, off-again relationship with the show’s resident cad, Chuck Bass. “I would love to see Miss Blair happy in the Blair and Chuck relationship,” she told MTV News. “That’s the most important thing to Dorota. Chuck has his charms and he also has a few lessons to learn in life, so hopefully the two of them keep having the sparks.”
Also like her character Dorota, Szadkowski is Polish. The actress was born there and moved to America when she was 3, so she doesn’t actually speak with the same politely stilted accent.
“I was born in Poland, so I am able to identify with her in that way. Certainly the accent is modeled after people in my own family, so hopefully I am doing it justice,” she said. “My family loves it and I know that in Poland ’Gossip Girl’ has a lot of fans. We have Poland represented on the Upper East Side!”
Dorota’s always at Blair’s beck and call, so we wondered how Dorota would deal with all the drama of being the Queen Bee of Constance School for Girls if she were in her employer’s fancy shoes. “Everything that Dorota knows she learned from Miss Blair,” Szadkowski demurred, “so we probably would have a similar attack.”
As much as her role has grown this season, Szadkowski is almost certain that the show won’t be giving her a love interest anytime soon. “I imagine that’s not so likely,” she said. “But Dorota is surrounded by so many good-looking fellas, and none of them available, so …”