Milana Vayntrub

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Milana Vayntrub
Milana Vayntrub at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2015 (17279250451).jpg
Vayntrub at C2E2 in 2015
Born Milana Aleksandrovna Vayntrub
(1987-03-08) March 8, 1987 (age 31)[1][2]
Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, USSR
Nationality American, formerly Soviet/Uzbek
Alma mater UCSD (BA)
Occupation actress, comedian, activist
Years active 1995–present
Known for Playing saleswoman Lily Adams in a series of AT&T television commercials

Milana Aleksandrovna Vayntrub (/ˈvntrb/; Uzbek Cyrillic: Милана Александровна Вайнтруб; born March 8, 1987) is an Uzbekistan-born American actress and comedian. She plays the character Lily Adams in a series of AT&T television commercials.[3]

Vayntrub has appeared in short films and in the web series Let's Talk About Something More Interesting,[4] co-starring Stevie Nelson. She starred in the Yahoo! Screen series Other Space.

Early life[edit]

Vayntrub was born in Tashkent, Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic,[3][5] and is Jewish.[6] When she was two and a half years old, she and her parents emigrated to the U.S. as refugees, settling in West Hollywood.[7][8]

She started acting in Mattel Barbie commercials at the age of five, due in part to her family's financial problems.[9]

Vayntrub briefly attended Beverly Hills High School, but dropped out after her sophomore year, got a GED, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of California, San Diego.[9] She received training with the improvisational comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade.[3]

Career[edit]

Vayntrub at VidCon in 2012

Vayntrub and Stevie Nelson teamed up to start the YouTube comedy channel Live Prude Girls where they produced a number of shorts and the hit web series Let's Talk About Something More Interesting.[4] Live Prude Girls went on to be featured on NewMediaRockstars' Top 100 Channels countdown, ranked at No. 93.[10]

Vayntrub has had small roles in film and television, including Life Happens, she has also starred in several CollegeHumor videos.[3] In 2011, Vayntrub was the lead in the music video for "Teenage Tide" by Letting Up Despite Great Faults.[11] She appeared as Tara in two episodes of the sitcom Silicon Valley.

Since November 2013, she has portrayed a saleswoman named "Lily Adams" in a series of TV commercials for AT&T.[3] She also portrayed Tina Shukshin on the Yahoo! Screen original series Other Space.

In January 2016, after visiting Greece and meeting with refugee families fleeing the Syrian Civil War, Vayntrub co-founded a website and social media movement called #CantDoNothing to spotlight the European migrant crisis.[7][8][12] She appeared in the television series This Is Us as Sloane Sandburg, author and co-star of the play in which Kevin Pearson is starring in New York.

In July 2017, Vayntrub was cast in the lead role of Marvel Comics superheroine Squirrel Girl in Marvel's upcoming television series New Warriors.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film roles (selected)
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Life Happens Tanya
2012 Junk Natasha
2016 Ghostbusters Subway Rat Woman
2018 Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors[14] Squirrel Girl Voice role
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1995 ER Tatiana 3 episodes
1997 Days of Our Lives Young Kristen
2001–2002 Lizzie McGuire Posse Member #1 / Cute Burper / Dancer 3 episodes
2004 The Division Katerina Ominsky Episode: "Acts of Desperation"
2012 The League Cute Girl in Bar Episode: "The Hoodie"
2013 Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous Felcia Episode: "Zach Stone Is Gonna Get Wild"
2013 Food Network Star Video Caller Episode: "4th of July Live"
2013 Key & Peele Vampire Episode: "Sexy Vampires"
2014 House of Lies Christy 2 episodes
2014 Californication Bad Actress Episode: "Like Father Like Son"
2014 Silicon Valley Tara 2 episodes
2015 Other Space Tina Shukshin 8 episodes
2016 Love Natalie 2 episodes
2016, 2017 @midnight Herself 7 episodes (July 22, August 17, 18, December 14 & February 13, 2017, March 29 & 30, 2017)
2016-2017 This Is Us Sloane Sandburg 8 episodes
2018 Marvel's New Warriors Doreen Green / Squirrel Girl Lead role
Web series roles
Year Title Role Notes
2011–2014 CollegeHumor Originals Various 15 episodes
2012 Daddy Knows Best Nancy Episode: "Game Night"
2015 Wrestling Isn't Wrestling The Ultimate Warrior Video short [15]
2016 Jake and Amir Present: Lonely and Horny Episode 1[16] Elana 1 episode
2013 BowserVids Comedy Sketches Various 4 videos
2017 That Moment When[17] Jill 7 episodes
Music video roles
Year Title Artist Notes
2007 "Can't Be Saved" Senses Fail
2011 "Teenage Tide" Letting Up Despite Great Faults

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vayntrub, Milana (March 8, 2013). "I feel like the luckiest girl with the funniest fans!". Twitter. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ Vayntrub, Milana (March 8, 2014). "My mom and my hamburger birthday cake". Twitter. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Kurp, Josh (April 4, 2014). "Meet The Actress Who Plays 'Lily'", Your AT&T Commercial Crush". UPROXX. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Live Prude Girls". YouTube. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ Backstage Staff (July 23, 2014). "The Third Annual Backstage 30: 28. Milana Vayntrub". Backstage. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ Vayntrub, Milana (December 6, 2012). "@SalteeMan no. I'm also a Jew and fundamentally opposed to any kind of cooking people to death". Twitter. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Haltiwanger, John (February 2, 2016). "You've Seen This Woman A Thousand Times But Had No Idea She Was A Refugee". Elite Daily. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "An amazing side of Milana Vayntrub you haven't seen (15 Photos)". The Chive. February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Box (January 25, 2015). "BA #061: Milana Vayntrub". Box Angeles. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ NMR Staff (December 29, 2014). "The NMR Top 100 YouTube Channels: 100 – 76!". NewMediaRockstars. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ Letting Up Despite Great Faults (August 28, 2011). "Letting Up Despite Great Faults - 'Teenage Tide'". YouTube. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "About Us". Can't Do Nothing. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Marvel's New Warriors Squirrel Girl". The Hollywood Reporter. 2017. 
  14. ^ Cheng, Susan; Flaherty, Keely (December 7, 2017). "Marvel's Launching A New Franchise Of Wonderful, Diverse Superheroes". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved December 7, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Wrestling Isn't Wrestling". YouTube. March 16, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ CollegeHumor (2016-04-12), Jake and Amir Present: Lonely and Horny Episode 1, retrieved 2016-12-08 
  17. ^ "That Moment When". helloeko.com. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 

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