Marketa is a musician who currently resides in Dublin. She starred in Once, before that role she had never was considered an actress. She had collaborated with the male lead of the film, with music before, and that's why she was recommended for the role.
Marketa began dating Glen Hansard in 2007, her Once costar. The couple met in the city where Marketa was born.
Marketa(her Academy Award's speech): Hi everyone. I just want to thank you so much. This is such a big deal, not only for us, but for all other independent musicians and artists that spend most of their time struggling, and this, the fact that we're standing here tonight, the fact that we're able to hold this, it's just to prove no matter how far out your dreams are, it's possible. And, you know, fair play to those who dare to dream and don't give up. And this song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all, no matter how different we are. And so thank you so much, who helped us along way. Thank you.