He plays in a daily TV series, syncs, films, can be seen by audiences in many plays, runs a household, cooks broth for his partner and children, and stands up for a blood donation campaign. Actress Gerda Pikali doesn’t need to be introduced to readers, but her views on work and human relationships can be instructive for everyone.
• When you were a kid, were you a tough little girl with a whiskey skirt, a doll, or a purposeful one?
I wouldn’t say I was a girl in a skull skirt. When I was born, Gerda was a non-existent name. Protective fence, golden branch, golden cane have the meaning. It’s a talkative name because I’m that type too. I protect everyone, I try to form an envelope around those I am with.
• Do you like this?
Yeah, I think it’s always good to stand up for someone.
• Do you understand who stands out?
Myself. This is how I am: purposeful and I believe in compromise, in communication. I also try to smooth out the tension between the people around me.
• Can you separate the stage of life and theater?
I think I have to, though I think an actress is still in her roles early in her career. I am no exception. Then came the moment when souls were already so overwhelmed by me, so “we were inside” that I had to put my tidy up and choose acting out of life separately. Only the role exists on the stage at the moment. There and then I feel terribly free. The stage is a magical place: it turns off everyday problems and things. It’s like a movie break, a little bit of reality disappearing. However, when I take off my costume, I also put down my role. When I leave the stage, I’m already back in my real life. I’m a mom who still has to cook broth for her kids. I transform into an ordinary man, a woman with average problems. The stage gives tremendous freedom, relaxation, almost like a cleansing treatment. The tension of everyday life finds its way, it passes.
• What if there is just something wrong in your life and you need to be cheerful on stage? How do you solve this?
Acting is a profession. Obviously it’s very difficult, but the viewer who bought a ticket doesn’t care what’s wrong with us. The viewer wants to have fun, to think, he wants an experience. And it is our job to communicate something to us at that moment, to pass it on to him, and it cannot depend on our personal condition. They educate and condition us so we can put our privacy aside.
• Is there a trait that is inside you at work but less in your private life?
Is not. I’m a real team player. It’s not individual performance that matters, it’s how well we can work together on stage as well. It’s important for everyone to have a good time around me and let’s all soar.
• Does the same apply to your privacy?
Yes. I am a free and non-rebellious type. If I feel like a relationship
choke, then I can not exist. We need to yearn for one another, but for that we also need to give each other freedom – I think in a spiritual sense, of course. The other important rule is honesty. The lie, the fake can’t fit me. In a good relationship, one can talk about everything, making it a strong alliance.
• You do so much and you are successful in everything. Series, synchronous,
film, play. Is there something at the tip of your heart or do you love all of them?
This is constantly changing. I play a lot of plays – eleven – in several theaters. There are times when I love a movie, or a series, there are times when it’s theater. I also enjoy syncing because it’s a good adventure. I take pleasure in my work, not the pain, not the difficulty. I love doing it, that’s the secret. This has been a goal since I was in high school, and I advise my children to do the same: choose a profession that will bring joy for a lifetime and love to do it. I have a lot of tasks. In the evening, when I get home, I still have to sit down to learn a text for the series, even until one or two in the morning. I get up at five every day. If I wasn’t a fanatic, I certainly wouldn’t. That’s why I only take on something I’ve thought through carefully before. When the slightest uncertainty arises in me, I say no. That’s why I don’t usually decide right away.
• So are you listening to your intuitions?
Always. I used to run into things I later regretted. As a result, it has developed in me that I only make well-thought-out decisions. This way, I will not question my past, my life, later. I don’t have to, and it doesn’t make sense to chew on whether I made the right decision or not.
• You are one of the faces in the blood donation campaign.
Yes, I consider this very important. Especially now, during the pandemic period. Life doesn’t stop, a multitude of programmed and emergency surgeries have taken lives, and this often requires blood. That’s why the campaign was launched. A few minutes and you can save another person’s life. I think it is very useful to stand by the good. In cases like this, I like to be a flag bearer because it makes sense.
• What tasks await you in the near future?
On November 28, we will present the female version of the Strange Couple with Anna White at the József Attila Theater. I also play two pieces by Neil Simon. I have been in one for over twenty years, so I know his world quite well, I enjoy the trial process. In addition, in the last season, more dramatic roles have been found where you have to move, open your soul very powerfully. Although a comedy also has depth and thought, here the goal is basically laughter. Very uploading. After that, I start another piece right away – too. He plays in a daily TV series, syncs, films, can be seen by audiences in many plays, runs a household, cooks broth for his partner and children, and stands up for a blood donation campaign. Actress Gerda Pikali doesn’t need to be introduced to readers, but her views on work and human relationships can be instructive for everyone. At the end of October, I took over the role of Myrtle from the pregnant Kata Szilágyi in The King’s speech. Next to it, of course, I also shoot, and last but not least, I raise children.
• What would you like to do in thirty years? How do you imagine your life at the time?
I hope I will have a grandchild and can finally travel. I’m definitely going to El Camino. I want to deal with myself a little bit, develop my personality. Besides, I live for today, today determines tomorrow. Now so, and then the rest will develop nicely; so I don’t really know what the future holds. There are things I want: for example, in the TV series Good TV Wrong on Super TV2, my character stays with the police for a long time because I love him and the team very much. I’ve been a part of it for eight years and I love it because there’s no tension there. There’s a different kind of milieu in the theater, a different world than filming. That’s also why it’s good to be able to roam a little between tasks, because when the tension is higher, it’s good to go over to filming where a family is waiting. Because the Good in the Bad crew for me is a family. I have never met such a good community. We have a lot to learn because we don’t read the texts from a monitor and they don’t whisper in our ears, but in return we get something in which every moment is a spell to me. We feel so much that we really function as a family. A little bit of the title also defines our being and our lives,
to be together for better or worse.
Dr. Judit Szarvasházi
The interview appeared in the Pharmacy Magazine in November! Look every month at pharmacies!
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