We had the good fortune of connecting with Bianca Malinowski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bianca, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
That you have to work hard in order to succeed, that it should be hard. Don’t get me wrong, there is such a thing as honing your craft and growing as an artist. What I’m referring is the unnecessary feeling of struggle. For ten years I worked (struggled) very hard, but saw little to no success. I felt terrible about myself, like I could never do enough, like I could never be enough. Perhaps the hard work is learning how to trust, in yourself and in your dreams. When you’re aligned with yourself and your desires you will invite a level of ease into your life. Now I think about how can I be open to receive, instead of what do I need to do in order to move forward.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I knew I wanted to be an actor since I was six. The moment I could sign up for theater in school I did. I ended up studying theater in college and even got my first talent manager while I was still in school. I wanted to make a career out of acting. I landed my first movie the year after I graduated and moved to L.A soon after. I’ve been cast in several T.V. shows and independent films, one of which went to Sundance. Coming from a small town in east Texas, I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish. It was the dream really that inspired a great big journey. Navigating a career in Hollywood hasn’t been easy- especially as a young woman. Part of why I wanted to become an actor, was because I saw women acting, so I thought it possible. When I learned there were other fields I could enter, such as writing, directing or producing is when I saw less women and encountered even more challenges. They say the best way to handle adversity is to keep going, and that’s exactly what I’ve done. In 2020 I wrote my first book, “Good Girl”. It’s definitely what I’m the most excited about right now. The memoir is centered around three romantic relationships and how they helped me process trauma caused by abandonment and abuse. When it comes to art, specifically my art, I’m most drawn to honesty. I wanted to tell my messy story- what it took to replace the shame in my life, with love.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oooooo, in another life I’d be a travel agent or a hotel concierge. My favorite bar on my side of town is Bar Stella in Silverlake. I once sat next to a very witty and fabulous man wearing an arctic fox shaw. It’s definitely an interesting crowd. I love a good hotel bar, so at some point we’d make our way to the NoMad downtown. They have the most delicious margarita/martini with castellano olives. Maybe have a few of those after a trip to MOCA, my fav museum in L.A. The bar at the Sunset Tower is always great for running into you never know who, plus the bartenders are always dapper in their white jackets. If we have time I’d say why not take a day trip to the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena. I love going there, it makes me feel like I’m in London, lounging next to some ancient statues. Heck, it also makes me feel like I’m in Asia wondering through a bamboo forest. I love that feeling of being transported to another place, another time. For brunch I’d recommend Cafe Figaro in Los Feliz. We’d have mimosas and act like Parisians. L.A. does have that bourgeoisie vibe, a bunch of artists sitting around trying to become the next Hemingway or Tarantino. If it’s summer we’re definitely going to the beach. I have a secret spot, Escondido in Malibu. You park just west of Geoffrey’s and go down a hidden staircase to what feels like your own private piece of Southern California. Food. Oh how I love food. My spot would have to be Terroni in West Hollywood. I’ve been going there for years. It’s very dependable Italian food. It’s a little loud and great any night of the week. For sushi would go to the Valley, duh. I’d take them to Katsu-ya, the original. Love a good lychee martini and several blue crab hand rolls. What’s a trip to L.A. without a fancy-schmancy Hollywood Hills party with a few celebs. Yes, usually it’s not as fun as it sounds but I’d like to think I bring the party where ever I go. All I need is a friend who’s down, some good tunes and I’ll hit any dance floor, with gusto. If there are no invitations that week, I’d take them to La Poubelle on Friday night. You’re most likely to run into Jon Hamm and a handful of comedians.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate this shoutout to my acting coach, Saxon Trainor. I came to Saxon five years ago, because I was disenchanted with my acting career. I’d been in L.A. for 6 years. The constant rejection had worn me down and I was close to calling it quits. A friend described Saxon as “…an acting teacher who didn’t act like one.” I didn’t need a lesson on acting, I needed a lesson in humanity. She didn’t just become my teacher, she became my first mentor. To say she encouraged me is an understatement. She saw in me what I always knew existed and she repeatedly reminded me until I believed in myself enough to listen.