Who is Maria Wawreniuk? Open Your Eyes’ star premieres on Netflix

Mafalda Costa August 27, 2021
Who is Maria Wawreniuk? Open Your Eyes’ star premieres on Netflix

Netflix’s science fiction thriller series Open Your Eyes (or Otwórz oczy) premiered on Wednesday, 25 August. It tells the story of teenager Julia (Maria Wawreniuk), who ends up in an amnesia treatment centre after an accident. Meet the series’ star, newcomer Polish actress Maria Wawreniuk.

Maria Wawreniuk on Netflix’s “Open Your Eyes” (Photo Krzysztof Wiktor)

Open Your Eyes on Netflix

Netflix’s science fiction thriller series Open Your Eyes (or Otwórz oczy) premiered on Wednesday, 25 August.

It tells the story of teenager Julia (Maria Wawreniuk), who ends up in an amnesia treatment centre in the aftermath of a terrible accident that killed her family.

As she makes her way around the state-of-the-art facility, she meets the other residents, with whom she begins to form bonds.

And weirdly enough, all seem to have some talent.

She is joined by Szymon (Wojciech Dolatowski), a dancer; Pawel (Michal Sikorski), who is into computers and other electronics; and Iza (Klaudia Koscista), an artist.

Maria Wawreniuk, Michał Sikorski, Klaudia Koścista, and Wojciech Dolatowski in Netflix’s “Open Your Eyes” (Photo Krzysztof Wiktor)

After meeting Adam (Ignacy Liss), a handsome and rebellious youth who has repeatedly run away from the facility, Julia discovers that she is also a talented prodigious pianist.

Maria Wawreniuk and Ignacy Liss on Netflix’s “Open Your Eyes” (Photo Krzysztof Wiktor)

As her stay at the facility continues, Julia progressively begins to have strange dreams – and telling the difference between her visions and reality becomes increasingly difficult.

Open Your Eyes | Official trailer | Netflix

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Who is Maria Wawreniuk?

Maria Wawreniuk was born on 8 August 1998 in Lodz, Poland.

According to her IMDb profile, the 23-year-old actress is known for her role in Kim jestes – Who are you (2017) and Silent Disco (2019).

Wawreniuk is a student at the Polish National Film School in Lodz.

Besides acting, Wawreniuk is also a member of the Polish band Yantra.

She is also a talented artist and has shared some of her sketches on her Instagram page.

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Twitter reacts to Open Your Eyes

Open Your Eyes is based on the Polish novel Druga szansa by author Katarzyna Berenika Miszczuk.

The quirky teen drama combines the weirdness of a show like Legion, with the high-school badness of something like Gossip Girl or Elite.

The Polish thriller has apparently resonated with viewers, with one comment on the series’ IMDb reading: “This is the best TV SHOW I have ever seen. You don’t know what’s happening until the last episode. AMAZING.”

Many have taken to Twitter with their impressions on the series, with some noting the chemistry between Julia and Polish hunk Adam.

Open Your Eyes is currently available on Netflix.

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Mafalda Costa is a second year BA Journalism student originally from Portugal. Her main passions if life are music, arts and culture, while she's particularly knowledgable on cinema and anime.