Bar Paly

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Bar Paly
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Paly in 2016
Varvara Alexandrovna Paley

(1982-04-29) April 29, 1982 (age 40)
  • Israeli
  • American
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2003–present
Ian Kessner
(m. 2007)

Bar Paly (Hebrew: בר פאלי; born Varvara Alexandrovna Paley; Russian: Варвара Александровна Палей,[1] (1982-04-29)April 29, 1982) is an Israeli-American actress and model.

Early life[edit]

Paly was born in Nizhny Tagil, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, to Olga (née Drob) and Alexander Paley.[2] She was passionate about music in her childhood, playing the piano from age four.[3] Her family immigrated to Israel when she was nine,[4] and she was raised in Tel Aviv, Israel.[5] Her grandfathers served in the Red Army during World War II.[6] In her school days, her interest in acting led her to enroll at the Aleph High School of Arts Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, where she performed in a number of productions by William Shakespeare and Bertolt Brecht, such as the play Antigone.[7]



Paly began a career in modeling at the age of 17.[8] She has appeared as a cover girl in several magazines, including Maxim, Rolling Stone and GQ.[8]

She posed for the cover of Esquire's Latin American edition in May 2014.[9]


In 2003, she began her career as an actress appearing in a variety of roles for television and appeared in the Israeli mockumentary television film Zehirut Matzlema.[10]

Paly has appeared in TV's How I Met Your Mother, The Starter Wife, and the 2008 horror film The Ruins.[11]

In 2013, Paly held roles in both Roman Coppola's A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III starring Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray.

She also had a supporting role in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain, alongside Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson.[12]

She also played in the 2014 action thriller film Non-Stop, opposite Liam Neeson.

Since 2015, Paly has had a recurring role as Anastasia "Anna" Kolcheck on the American crime drama NCIS: Los Angeles.

Between 2017–2018 she played Helen of Troy in the Arrowverse show DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

Personal life[edit]

Paly is of Russian Jewish descent.[13] She married Canadian director Ian Kessner in 2007.[13][7] In August 2016, Paly became a naturalized U.S. citizen.[14]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Zehirut Matzlema Divi Television film
2008 The Ruins Archeologist
2012 A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Maria-Carla
2013 Pain & Gain Sorina Luminita
2014 Non-Stop Iris Marianne
Million Dollar Arm Lisette
2015 Street Level Shelby
2016 Urge Denise
Lost Girls Kara Short film
2019 Against the Clock Lauren De Isigney
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2007 CSI: NY Mia Opal Episode: "Heart of Glass"
2008 The Starter Wife Lola Recurring role, 5 episodes
Unhitched Chloe Episode: "Yorkshire Terrier Sucked Into the Internet"
2010 How I Met Your Mother Natalia Episode: "Rabbit or Duck"
2012 Underemployed Tatiana Recurring role, 2 episodes
Game Shop Faux-Nerd Episode: "Faux Nerd Girl"
2015 Parental Indiscretion Taylor Episode: "Bad Blood Test"
2015–present NCIS: Los Angeles Anastasia "Anna" Kolcheck Recurring role (season 6–present), 20 episodes
2016 Jean-Claude Van Johnson Krisztina Episode: Pilot
Training Day Natalia Vostok Episode #1.1
2017 Bosch Leni Episode: "The Four Last Things"
2017–2018 DC's Legends of Tomorrow Helen of Troy Episode: "Helen Hunt", "The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly"
2018 iZombie Amanda Lewis Episode: "Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Brain"
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2011 L.A. Noire Marguerite Cansito


  1. ^ "Наши люди в Голливуде" (in Russian). Channel 9. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  2. ^ "Bar Paly". Viral-Trending. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  3. ^ Caspi, Dudi (13 October 2016). "סודות אל.איי". Israel Hayom (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  4. ^ Dechter, Kristina (2013). "All The Right Moves". Aritzia. No. 10. Archived from the original on 2013-04-10.
  5. ^ Halutz, Avshalom (8 August 2013). "Israel sends another gorgeous Bar to Hollywood". Haaretz. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b Keller, Joel (10 April 2015). "Why we want to hang out with Bar Paly". From the Grapevine. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  8. ^ a b Klein Leichman, Abigail (30 June 2014). "Israel's top 10 models to watch". Israel21c. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  9. ^ "Cover of Esquire Mexico with Barbara Paly, May 2014 (ID:30588)". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  10. ^ "Bar Paly". AskMen. Archived from the original on 2012-12-19.
  11. ^ Gallagher, Brian (29 February 2012). "Pain and Gain Adds Supermodel Bar Paly". MovieWeb. Archived from the original on 2013-10-16.
  12. ^ Sneider, Jeff (28 February 2012). "Bay casts supermodel Paly in 'Pain and Gain'". Variety. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  13. ^ a b Jacobsohn, Ron (12 August 2013). "Israeli actress Bar Paly makes Hollywood debut". Jewish News One. Archived from the original on 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2015-07-14.
  14. ^ Paly, Bar (11 August 2016). "#NewUScitizen #ItsOfficial #iCanVote 🇺🇸👍🏼". Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2019-10-07 – via Instagram.

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