Pawel's stage debut was at the New York International Fringe Festival in The Infliction of Cruelty in 2006.
Every Saturday morning in his childhood, Pawel and his siblings were required by their parents to take Polish lessons. He appreciates their persistence because it is useful in his acting career.
Pawel's first and last names are pronounced as "PAV-el SHY-da". Pawel is Polish for "Paul".
Pawel's film debut was in Under the Tuscan Sun in 2003 as an immigrant worker from Poland.