Dana Morávková is the epitome of a Renaissance woman. She performs in theaters, on television, works as a host, designs handbags, creates choreographies, photographs calendars for charity and on top of that, she‘s an amazing wife and mother. And she can handle it all with incredible grace! Even though her diary is full long in advance, she found a moment for an interview for LP-Life.cz and talked not only about her beloved work, but also about the separation from her son, who is studying abroad.
You've been in Ordinace v růžové zahradě for ten years now. How do you manage to learn the tons of texts all the time?
That‘s nothing. It's a part of our profession that we learn by habit. All actors, whether in the theater or on the set, have it that way. I've already trained my memory, so it‘s easy for me.
When shooting a series, I immediately forget the text as soon as I‘ve finished the the scene. In theater, however, it‘s something else. With Karel Heřmánek we have several plays that have been on the repertoire for twenty years, so it‘s necessary to remember it in those cases.
Definitely my colleagues and the extremely interesting and colorful story line my character has in Ordinace. On top of that, I have a great partner Honza Čenský on the set, with whom we‘re thick as thieves. (laughs)
They don‘t make it easy for me. (laughs) But it's a nice challenge. That's what acting is about – being able to handle even the most difficult situations.
Back in the day it was Andrea Rubešová, now it‘s Zdena Suchá. But in Prague it‘s a little different, people are more used to meeting actors there.
I had the opportunity to cooperate on a Czech TV series about Božena Němcová. I enjoyed that very much. It will be broadcast on television this year because it‘s two hundred years since the writer was born.
We have a lot of interesting pieces in the theater Bez Zábradlí, but I would definitely like to invite you to our new play The Play That Goes Wrong.
It's a play that has become a hit in London's West End. Karel Heřmánek bought the rights to it, so it is unrecognizable from the original - only in Prague we play it in Czech. (laughs)
Definitely. There's nothing nicer than when the audience reacts to your acting, laughs, cries… The feeling that we‘ve left something in them.
Petr Větrovský and I agreed to make a charity calendar. We shot it together with photographer Klára Bartheldi, with whom we have a great relationship. It was a total of thirteen photos. We didn‘t hope for such a great result, but 185 thousand was raised. One hundred thousand went to a children‘s home and the remaining eighty-five went to a school for mentally handicapped children, where it was used to buy computers for the pupils.
The kids from the children‘s home who learn English will go to London and the little ones will go to Macocha. We really wanted them to experience something new instead of getting some practical things. I'm glad the headmistress had this idea.
I was very pleased by the presence of Jaromír Jágr, our hockey legend. I wouldn't have even dared to dream that he would come and auction off a photo. I have no idea where he‘ll hang it. (laughs) But since I‘m wearing skates in the photo, because I used to do figure skating, it might look good at the ice rink.
All I knew was that I wanted the money to go to children. Last year, Petr and Martička Kubišová made the calendar and the money went to dogs, to animal shelters. This time, because Petr Větrovský is a dad, I am a mom and Klárka Bartheldi was expecting a baby at that time, we wanted to do it for children. Petr is from Příbram, so he chose a small children's home there.
No, it‘s more like we decided with Klárka that we would like the calendar to be about me. To include the environment and the people that I love. There‘s theater in there, shooting, figure skating, me designing handbags, nature. All of that together resulted in those thirteen photos.
I contribute to Good Angel every month. At the moment, I don‘t have anything like the calendar in front of me. But something will always turn up, it's January, so I'm not afraid we won't help anyone this year.
This musical has been running here for a long time, but there can be long breaks between seasons. This year we‘re playing again, I think we‘ll bring Cinderella to Prague on 8th February.
There are excellent Russian male and female figure skaters in it, but also all sorts of actors and singers. I play the character of the queen. And before Cinderella comes to the ball, I have the opportunity to skate with the Prince. It's nothing difficult, but since I‘m wearing a robe, a long dress, and I no longer get to skate very often, I'm afraid of falling down in front of a stadium full of people.
It's the only show before which I have nightmares about falling down. But I have to cross my fingers, it hasn't happened yet.
Of course, but it's hard to judge when I'm his mom. All I can do is keep my fingers crossed for him and hope he‘ll have the career of his dreams and be successful.
Did you give him advice before letting him out into the big wide world? For example, did he know how to wash his clothes?
He did. And the things he didn‘t know, he learnt quickly. Throwing his clothes in the washing machine was one of the easiest things.
Thankfully, we both have plenty of work. Petr has a lot of concerts, I have a lot of shows. When we have some time off or a long weekend, we always go somewhere. Not to visit our son, but to Berlin or to the spa. These trips are never longer than a long weekend, though.
It's already natural for us. Nobody around us is getting divorced. Petr's parents would never divorce, neither would mine. Petr is also surrounded by musicians who have been in a marriage their entire lives.
I have an Instagram because my son told me Facebook was a dead medium. But I have them connected, so when I post on Instagram, it will also appear on Facebook.
I'm not struggling. I post mainly work or nice moments. I see it as my diary. When I take a nice picture or experience something interesting, I put it there.
Not much. But if they ask me about my schedule or if we‘ll be performing in a certain town with the theatre, I‘m always happy to answer.