Without a doubt, she is one of the most promising young actresses on our national scene. In a very short time, she has managed to showcase the expanse of her talent, on the big screen as well as on TV, playing demanding and mutually incomparable roles.
Vaja Dujović has every reason to expect a great career. She has confirmed this in unique, specific roles from different time periods, with historical importance. However, while this is the main aspect of her career, it is certainly not the only one.
photo: Milan Ilić
How would you describe your work on the series “On a summer’s night”, which has both elements of a melodrama and a romantic love story?
I’d say it was precisely that – melodramatic and romantic. The script, the period, relationships, costumes… the actor is easily transported back into a period which they have heard about, dreamt about, fantasized about, but of which they know almost nothing, leaving them the liberty to build upon this with their own ideas. Filming is strenuous in itself, but it is a thing of beauty when you can explore, grow and try yourself out in completely different periods.
The film “I defended the Young Bosnia” brought you one of your most significant roles so far. How did you prepare for this role and how close do you feel to the world of young revolutionaries, being that their ideals are quite different to what the young people of today dream of?
Together with a whole range of historical documents, I was fortunate to discover the diary of Jovanka Čubrilović, written just after the war, where I found a lot of information on her relationship with her husband and other participants in the assassination and trial. It was the most precious “literature” in my preparation. The young are always revolutionary, the only question is of the time they live in. Ideals of the members of Young Bosnia are quite different to those of today’s youth, and I think that, because of that and because of the different value system, they were more courageous. All of this inspired me to tell their story and I feel endlessly privileged to have had a chance to do so.
photo: Milan Ilić
“Santa Maria della Salute”, on the other hand, presents a totally different, yet also inspiring story. What is your take on the love of the poet Laze Kostić and the poetry of this relationship in general?
“Santa Maria della Salute” is one of the most beautiful love poems I know of, and the love between Laza and Lenka one of the most touching. I think no human being could remain indifferent to this poetry. Their poetic, timeless relationship, despite the tragic ending, still restores faith in love and I think it is wonderful that Zdravko Šotra decided to bring it to the big screen.
The roles you have played so far are quite different, which is very important for an actor. What would you see as a challenge, at this point in your career?
I could not pick any of the roles out as a special challenge as each of them was a challenge unto itself and I approach every role like it is my first. I am certainly happy that they are diverse, it is very important to an actor and, firstly and foremostly, very inspiring.
How did your cooperation with the jewellers Personal come about? Do you like jewellery? How important is it for your personal style?
I like different types of jewellery and choose it depending on the outfit. What is always present, regardless of the style, is the “classic” jewellery, which is why I was so happy when I received the invitation from the Jewellery Personal. Their jewellery is elegant, simple yet effective and timeless, just the kind I would have chosen.
autor: Anica Vasić