Milana Vayntrub

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Milana Vayntrub
Milana Vayntrub by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Vayntrub at the 2019 WonderCon
Born
Milana Aleksandrovna Vayntrub

(1987-03-08) March 8, 1987 (age 32)[1][2]
NationalityUzbekistani, American
Alma materUCSD (BA)
OccupationActress, comedian, activist
Years active1995–present
Known forPlaying 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 a 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. She is set to star as Doreen Green / Squirrel Girl in the New Warriors television series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Vayntrub was born in Tashkent, Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic,[3][7] and is Jewish.[8] When she was two and a half years old, she and her parents immigrated to the U.S. as refugees, settling in West Hollywood.[9][10]

She started acting in Mattel Barbie commercials at the age of five, due in part to her family's financial problems.[11]

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 Communication from University of California, San Diego.[11] She studied improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.[3]

Career[edit]

Vayntrub at C2E2 in 2015

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.[12]

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.[13] She appeared as Tara in two episodes of the sitcom Silicon Valley.[14]

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.[15]

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.[9][10][16] 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.[clarification needed]

In July 2017, Vayntrub was cast in the lead role of Marvel Comics superheroine Squirrel Girl in Marvel's upcoming television series New Warriors.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Life Happens Tanya
2012 Junk Natasha
2016 Ghostbusters Subway Rat Woman
2018 Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors[18] Doreen Green / Squirrel Girl Voice role

Television[edit]

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"
Food Network Star Video Caller Episode: "4th of July Live"
Key & Peele Vampire Episode: "Sexy Vampires"
2014 House of Lies Christy 2 episodes
Californication Bad Actress Episode: "Like Father Like Son"
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 Robot Chicken Peppa Pig,
Dino Daughter, Teenage Girl
Voice role;
Episode: "He's Not Even Aiming the at the Toilet"
Marvel Rising: Initiation Doreen Green / Squirrel Girl Voice role
2019 Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts
Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron
TBA New Warriors

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011–2014 CollegeHumor Originals Various characters 15 episodes
2012 Daddy Knows Best Nancy Episode: "Game Night"
2013 BowserVids Comedy Sketches Various 4 videos
2015 Wrestling Isn't Wrestling The Ultimate Warrior Short video [19]
2016 Jake and Amir Present: Lonely and Horny Episode 1[20] Elana 1 episode
2017 That Moment When[21] Jill 7 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes
2007 "Can't Be Saved" Senses Fail
2011 "Teenage Tide" Letting Up Despite Great Faults
2019 "Hungry Child"[22] Hot Chip

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. ^ Brown, Tracy. "'Marvel's New Warriors' casts Milana Vayntrub as Squirrel Girl". latimes.com. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Marvel's 'New Warriors' Sets Its Cast — Including Squirrel Girl (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Backstage Staff (July 23, 2014). "The Third Annual Backstage 30: 28. Milana Vayntrub". Backstage. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ a b "An amazing side of Milana Vayntrub you haven't seen (15 Photos)". The Chive. February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Box (January 25, 2015). "BA #061: Milana Vayntrub". Box Angeles. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ NMR Staff (December 29, 2014). "The NMR Top 100 YouTube Channels: 100 – 76!". NewMediaRockstars. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ Letting Up Despite Great Faults (August 28, 2011). "Letting Up Despite Great Faults - 'Teenage Tide'". YouTube. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  14. ^ Third Party Insourcing, retrieved October 20, 2018
  15. ^ Other Space (TV Series 2015), retrieved October 20, 2018
  16. ^ "About Us". Can't Do Nothing. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  17. ^ "Marvel's New Warriors Squirrel Girl". The Hollywood Reporter. 2017.
  18. ^ Cheng, Susan; Flaherty, Keely (December 7, 2017). "Marvel's Launching A New Franchise Of Wonderful, Diverse Superheroes". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  19. ^ "Wrestling Isn't Wrestling". YouTube. March 16, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  20. ^ CollegeHumor (April 12, 2016), Jake and Amir Present: Lonely and Horny Episode 1, retrieved December 8, 2016
  21. ^ "That Moment When". helloeko.com. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  22. ^ HotChipVEVO (April 4, 2019), Hot Chip - Hungry Child (Official Video), retrieved April 7, 2019

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