Izabella Miko

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Izabella Miko
Izabella Miko 2013.jpg
Izabella Miko, West Hollywood, California on 2 April 2013
Born Izabella Anna Mikołajczak
(1981-01-21) January 21, 1981 (age 35)
Łódź, Poland
Occupation Actress, dancer, producer
Years active 1988–present
Website www.izabellamiko.com

Izabella Anna Mikołajczak (born January 21, 1981), better known as Izabella Miko, is a Polish actress, dancer, producer, and environmental activist. While a dance student in Poland, Miko was recruited to study at the New York City Ballet at age fifteen, and later studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute. She made her American film debut in Coyote Ugly (2000), followed by a starring part in the vampire thriller The Forsaken (2001).

She has also had recurring roles on the television series Deadwood, The Cape, and Chicago Fire, in addition to roles in dance films such as Save the Last Dance 2 (2006), Make Your Move (2013), and Step Up: All In (2014). She made her debut as a film producer on the British biographical drama Desert Dancer in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Miko was born Izabella Anna Mikołajczak in Łódź, Poland, the daughter of actors Grażyna Dyląg and Aleksander Mikołajczak. She grew up in Warsaw, where she studied to be a ballerina at the Chopin Music School. An American choreographer invited her to study in New York City on a scholarship with the School of American Ballet, and she later enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Institute to study acting.[1] After sustaining a back injury, Miko left New York City and returned to Poland.[1]

Career[edit]

In the late 1990s, Miko returned to the United States, and landed a role in the film Coyote Ugly in 2000. This was followed with a lead role in the 2001 vampire horror film The Forsaken, playing a young woman infected by a vampiric virus. In 2005, Miko appeared in a multi-episode story arc on the critically acclaimed HBO series Deadwood; the same year, she appeared in the music video for "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers (she would again collaborate with the band for the video of their 2012 single "Miss Atomic Bomb", breaking her foot during filming).[2] In 2006, she had a lead role in Save the Last Dance 2, reprising the role of Julia Stiles in the original film.

Miko would appear in several independent films in the late 2000s, including Park (2007) opposite Melanie Lynskey, and the comedy Flakes (2007), opposite Aaron Stanford and Zooey Deschanel, the latter of which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival.[3] The following year, she appeared as a seductive nightclub singer in Dark Streets (2008), an adaptation of the play of the same name by Glenn M. Stewart. She also appeared in the crime thriller Double Identity (2009) in a lead role opposite Val Kilmer, and in the big-budget remake Clash of the Titans (2010) as Athena. She was also in a supporting role as an acrobat named Raia in the short lived television series The Cape, followed by a supporting role as a spy in the British war thriller Age of Heroes, based on the formation of Ian Fleming's No. 30 Commando during World War II.

In 2012, she appeared opposite Danny Huston and Sienna Miller in the period drama Two Jacks, directed by Bernard Rose, and in the South Korean dance film Make Your Move in 2013. Miko appeared in Billy Idol's music video for "Can't Break Me Down", and also had a supporting role in Step Up: All In, both in 2014. In 2015, Miko co-produced the autobiographical film Desert Dancer, which tells the story of Iranian choreographer Afshin Ghaffarian. The same year, she had guest appearances in the television series Blue Bloods, and Scorpion, as well as a recurring role in the NBC action-drama series Chicago Fire.

Personal life[edit]

Miko supports green politics and keeps a video blog titled Eko Miko to talk about her current concerns.[4] She has supported Global Green USA, an environmentalist group and organization that constitutes the American branch of Green Cross International.[5][6]

In 2008, Miko was romantically linked to Polish actor Maciej Zakościelny.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Mr. Blob in the Universe The Girl with the Matches
1991 Niech zyje milosc Kuba's Daughter
2000 Coyote Ugly Cammie
2001 Forsaken, TheThe Forsaken Megan
2002 Minimal Knowledge Renee
2005 Bye Bye Blackbird Alice
Shore, TheThe Shore Kaliope
2006 Park Krysta
House of Usher, TheThe House of Usher Jill Michaelson
Save the Last Dance 2 Sara Johnson Video
2007 Crashing Kristen
Flakes Strawberry
Waiting Young Woman Short film
2008 Dark Streets Madelaine
2009 Love and Dance Hania
Double Identity Katrine
2010 Clash of the Titans Athena
Repo Timmy
2011 Mother Nature: First MILF Mother Nature Video short
Age of Heroes Jensen
2012 Two Jacks Dana
2013 Make Your Move Tatianna
2014 Mundane Goddess, TheThe Mundane Goddess Aphrodite Short film
Step Up: All In Alexxa Brava
Desert Dancer Producer
2015 Frontier, TheThe Frontier Gloria
2016 Rake, TheThe Rake Cassie

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Kuchnia polska Zuzia Szymanko TV miniseries
2004 Gramercy Park Sophie Mansour TV film
2005 Deadwood Carrie "Requiem for a Gleet", "Complications", "Something Very Expensive"
2008 Skip Tracer Ludmila TV film
2011 Cape, TheThe Cape Raia Recurring role
Chaos Greta "Deep Cover Band"
Love Bites Audrey "Boys to Men"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lena "Russian Brides"
2014 Starving in Suburbia Teagan / ButterflyAna TV film
Supernatural Olivia "Ask Jeeves"
Anger Management Mary Kathleen "Charlie Gets Tied Up with a Catholic Girl"
Sensitive Men Jenn TV film
2015 Blue Bloods Milena "Payback"[8]
Scorpion Sonia Balasevic "Cuba Libre"
Chicago Fire Katya Recurring role
2016 Paradise Pictures Norma Jean TV film

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 "Mr. Brightside" (The Killers)
2012 "Miss Atomic Bomb" (The Killers) Miss Atomic Bomb
2014 "Can't Break Me Down" (Billy Idol)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Izabella Miko Biography". Fandango. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ Martins, Chris (December 11, 2012). "The Killers’ Animated ‘Miss Atomic Bomb’ Video Serves as ‘Mr. Brightside’ Sequel". Spin. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ Weinberg, Scott (March 14, 2007). "SXSW Review: Flakes". Moviefone. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  4. ^ "youtube.com". Eko Miko video blog. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Spector, Ken (February 28, 2011). "Izabella Miko Interviewed By Ken Spector at 8th Annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Party". YouTube. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Celebrities Join Global Green to Support "Greener Cities for a Cooler Planet"". Green Cross International. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Izabella Miko: Coyote Ugly (translated from original Polish)". Inertia Film. January 21, 2008. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4586936/

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