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Milana Vayntrub
Милана Вайнтруб
Vayntrub in 2019
Milana Aleksandrovna Vayntrub

(1987-03-08) March 8, 1987 (age 37)[1][2]
Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union
Alma materUniversity of California, San Diego (BA)
Occupation(s)Actress, comedian, activist
Years active1995–present
Known forPlaying saleswoman Lily Adams in a series of AT&T television commercials

Milana Aleksandrovna Vayntrub (/ˈvntrb/ VYNE-troob, Russian: Милана Александровна Вайнтруб;[4] born March 8, 1987) is an American actress, comedian, and activist. Born in the Soviet Union, she began her career as a child actress shortly after immigrating to the United States. She came to prominence for her appearances in AT&T television commercials as saleswoman Lily Adams from 2013 to 2016 and since 2020. In addition to her commercial appearances, she was a series regular on the Yahoo! Screen science fiction comedy Other Space (2015) and had a recurring role on the NBC drama This Is Us (2016–2017). Vayntrub has also voiced Squirrel Girl in the Marvel Rising franchise since 2018 after being cast as the character in the unaired television pilot for New Warriors.

Early life and education

Milana Vayntrub was born on March 8, 1987, to a Jewish family in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, then a Soviet republic.[5] When she was two years old, her parents and she immigrated to the United States as refugees from antisemitism,[6] settling in West Hollywood, California. She started acting in Mattel Barbie commercials at the age of five, in part to mitigate her family's financial problems. Vayntrub dropped out of Beverly Hills High School after her sophomore year, obtained a GED, and went on to earn a BA in Communication from University of California, San Diego.[7] She studied improv comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade.[8][9]


Vayntrub in 2012

Vayntrub made her acting debut appearing in three episodes of the NBC television series ER in 1995.[10] She and Stevie Nelson teamed up to start the YouTube comedy channel Live Prude Girls where they produced a number of shorts.[8] Live Prude Girls went on to be featured on NewMediaRockstars' Top 100 Channels countdown, ranked at number 93.[11] Vayntrub has had small roles in film and television, including Life Happens and Silicon Valley.[12] She has also starred in several CollegeHumor videos.[9]

From 2013 to 2016, Vayntrub portrayed a saleswoman named Lily Adams in a series of TV commercials for AT&T.[9] She returned to the role in 2020.[13] She also portrayed Tina Shukshin as a series regular on the Yahoo! Screen series Other Space, created by Paul Feig, in 2015. The following year, she appeared in Feig's Ghostbusters reboot alongside Other Space cast members Neil Casey, Eugene Cordero, Bess Rous, and Karan Soni. Between 2016 and 2017, she appeared in the television series This Is Us, playing Sloane Sandburg.[10] In July 2017, Vayntrub was cast in the lead role of Marvel Comics superheroine Squirrel Girl in the New Warriors television pilot for Freeform.[14] Freeform ultimately passed on the series that November, and despite attempts to move the series to another network, it was ultimately cancelled.[15][16] Despite the series' cancellation, Vayntrub voiced Squirrel Girl in the Marvel Rising franchise.[17] She reprised the role for a six-episode scripted podcast from Marvel and Sirius XM titled Marvel's Squirrel Girl: The Unbeatable Radio Show.[18][19] Also in 2017, Vayntrub starred in the Eko interactive streaming television series That Moment When as Jill.[20]

She starred in the film Mother's Little Helpers in 2019, which premiered at South by Southwest.[21] In April 2020, Comedy Central's YouTube channel released three sketches starring Vayntrub and Akilah Hughes as part of a new digital sketch series called Making Fun With Akilah and Milana.[22] She starred in the Quibi streaming television series Die Hart and in the short film The Shabbos Goy as Hannah, both released in July 2020.[23][24] In 2022, she also played a leading role in Comedy Central's television film Out of Office.


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 "Can't Do Nothing" to spotlight the European migrant crisis.[8]

Vayntrub is pro-abortion rights, and she has stated that she aborted a pregnancy as a college student due to financial concerns.[25]

Personal life

In 2020, Vayntrub was subjected to a wave of online sexual harassment, some of it based on images of her that had been manipulated. The campaign began on an AT&T social media site, and the company came to her defense, stating "We will not tolerate the inappropriate comments and harassment of Milana Vayntrub, the talented actor that portrays Lily in our ads," and shut down comments.[26] Vayntrub asked for the harassment to stop in an Instagram live stream, saying, "I'm hurting and it's bringing up, like, a lot of feelings of sexual assault."[26]

Vayntrub is married and has a son, but has chosen to keep both of their names private.[25][3]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Life Happens Tanya
2012 Junk Natasha
2015 Wrestling Isn't Wrestling The Ultimate Warrior Short film
2016 Ghostbusters Subway Rat Woman
2019 Mother's Little Helpers Lucy Pride Also co-writer and co-producer
2020 The Shabbos Goy Hannah Short film
2021 Werewolves Within Cecily
2024 Bad Shabbos[27] Abby


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 Milana 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"
2014, 2016 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
2017 That Moment When Jill 7 episodes
2018 Marvel Rising: Initiation Doreen Green / Squirrel Girl Voice role; Television short
Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors[17] Voice role; Television film
New Warriors Unaired pilot
I Love You, America Brambi Streeter Episode: "Steve Schmidt"
Dallas & Robo Ellie (voice) 8 episodes
2018–2021 Robot Chicken Peppa Pig, Dino Daughter, Teenage Girl Voice role; 3 episodes
2019 Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts Doreen Green / Squirrel Girl Voice role; Television short
Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron
Marvel Rising: Battle of the Bands
Marvel Rising: Operation Shuri
Marvel Rising: Playing with Fire
2020 Die Hart Leah 2 episodes
2022 Out of Office Eliza Television film


Year Title Role Notes
2011–2014 CollegeHumor Originals Various characters 15 Episodes
2011–2013 Live Prude Girls (YouTube) Herself, various characters 36 Episodes
2012 Daddy Knows Best Nancy Episode: "Game Night"
2016 Jake and Amir Present: Lonely and Horny Elana 1 Episode
2019 Marvel Rising: Ultimate Comics Doreen Green / Squirrel Girl Episode 3: "Squirrel Girl"
2020 Making Fun With Akilah and Milana Herself 3 videos[22]
2022 Marvel's Squirrel Girl: The Unbeatable Radio Show Doreen Green / Squirrel Girl 6 episodes
2023 Dirty Laundry Herself Season 2, Episode 10

Music videos

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

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2022 God of War Ragnarök Lúnda


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  2. ^ Vayntrub, Milana [@MintMilana] (March 8, 2014). "My mom and my hamburger birthday cake" (Tweet). Retrieved June 4, 2015 – via Twitter.
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  7. ^ Box (January 25, 2015). "BA #061: Milana Vayntrub". Box Angeles. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Siemaszko, Corky (November 20, 2016). "'Lily' from those AT&T ads has a message for Syrian refugees". NBC News. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  9. ^ a b c Kurp, Josh (April 4, 2014). "Meet The Actress Who Plays 'Lily'", Your AT&T Commercial Crush". Uproxx. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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  11. ^ NMR Staff (December 29, 2014). "The NMR Top 100 YouTube Channels: 100 – 76!". NewMediaRockstars. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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  14. ^ "Marvel's 'New Warriors' Sets Its Cast — Including Squirrel Girl (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. November 1, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  15. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (November 1, 2017). "Marvel's 'New Warriors' Won't Air on Freeform, Series Will Be Shopped Elsewhere (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 18, 2022. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
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  18. ^ Maas, Jennifer (April 18, 2022). "Marvel Launches 'Squirrel Girl' Scripted Podcast From Writer Ryan North (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 18, 2022.
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  21. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (March 7, 2019). "'Mother's Little Helpers' Trailer: Siblings Say Goodbye To Their Dying Burnout Mother In SXSW Dramedy". Deadline. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  22. ^ a b Kelly-Clyne, Luke (April 10, 2020). "You've Never Seen Patty-Cake Played Like This". Vulture. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  23. ^ Saveliev, Alex (November 10, 2020). "The Shabbos Goy". Film Threat. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  24. ^ "Watch the Trailer for Kevin Hart and John Travolta's Quibi Action Comedy Die Hart". Fort Leavenworth Lamp. July 6, 2020. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
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