Oliwia Dabrowska, better known as the girl in the red coat and the only flash of colour in Steven Spielberg’s almost entirely monochrome film Schindler’s List, has spoken out about the role she played at age 3.
The Polish actress, now 23, has divulged how watching the Holocaust drama at age 11 left her “horrified”. “It was too horrible,” she said, “I could not understand much, but I was sure that I didn’t want to watch ever again in my life”. She also said she was “ashamed of being in the movie and really angry with my mother and father when they told anyone about my part”.
By watching the film at age 11, Dabrowska broke a promise to Spielberg himself, who suggested she “grow up into the film” and wait until she was 18 to watch it.
After revisiting the film at age 18, however, Dabrowska said she realised “I had been part of something I could be proud of”.
Dabrowska has continued acting as a hobby, but now intends to pursue a career in publishing.
Dabrowska’s initial feelings of trauma and shame from viewing the distressing film she had been a significant part of, however, have once again raised questions over the role of child actors. What are your thoughts? Let us know!