When Waitress the Musical opens in Copenhagen, Denmark, the lead role of Jenna Hunterson will be played by 37-year-old Maria Lucia Heiberg Rosenberg.

This will be Maria Luca’s first role since giving birth eight months ago in June 2020, having a baby boy, Per Fredy, with her fiancé, Albin Ljungqvist.

With rehearsals in full swing, Maria Lucia is now away from her little boy for the first time.

“It’s hard to be away from him for so many hours. I still breastfeed, so my fiancé comes in with Per Fredy during the day. It has been wonderful to be on maternity leave and have so much time and togetherness with our little boy. Of course I miss him now I am working again – a highlight of my working day is to be visited by him here during my break – but I am also passionate about my work and love being here at the theatre and working with a lot of wonderful people” Maria Lucia explains.

In the musical, Maria Lucia plays the role of Jenna, who discovers she is pregnant at the start. “Of course, I would be able to play the role without having been pregnant myself, but at the same time I can clearly use the experience I now have as a mother when I play the role of Jenna,” she said.