Olga Fonda

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Olga Fonda
Fonda in 2014
Olga Tchakova

(1982-10-01) October 1, 1982 (age 40)
  • Russia
  • United States
Alma materUniversity of Maine at Augusta
Occupation(s)Actress, model
Years active2005–2019
Notable work

Olga Tchakova (Russian: Ольга Чакова; known professionally as Olga Fonda) is a Russian-American[1] film and television actress and model. She is also known for her role as Nadia Petrova in The Vampire Diaries (2013–2014).

Early life[edit]

Olga Tchakova[2][3] was born in the Siberian region of Russia and then lived in Ukhta, Komi ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union,[2] in the country's Komi Republic. Her father, she said, "had grocery stores in one of the Russian villages that I grew up in".[4] She has an older brother.[5]

She moved to Maine in the United States for a year at age 14, as an exchange student living with the Auclair family in East Winthrop, Maine, while attending Winthrop High School from 1996 to 1997.[2] She returned to attend the University of Maine at Augusta, majoring in financial management.[2]


While vacationing in Los Angeles, California, Fonda was scouted by agent Paul Fisher to pursue modeling,[6][7] her longtime ambition.[2] After acting in TV commercials, she played a Russian ballerina in the 2009 independent film Love Hurts.[6]

Fonda, who has modeled since at least 2007[8] in Japan, Italy and the United States,[2] went on to appear in television series including How I Met Your Mother, Nip/Tuck, Melrose Place, and Entourage,[2][8] and played Owen Wilson's girlfriend in a nonspeaking role in Little Fockers.[citation needed] She was cast in the 2011 romantic-comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, though her scene did not make the final cut; she does appear in the film's trailer.[6]

In 2010, Fonda was cast in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. She had a supporting role in 2011's Real Steel.[8][9] She played Nadia in The Vampire Diaries. In 2018, she was cast in the role of Sarah in the Netflix series Altered Carbon.[10]

In 2012, Olga appeared in television commercials for the related companies TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods TV.[11][12] Fonda was cast in Agent X, appearing opposite Sharon Stone.[13]

She is unrelated to the Fonda acting family and has said her reason for adopting that stage name "started as a mystery, [and so] I'm going to keep it a mystery. There’s really nothing to it but maybe one day I'll tell the story of how I got my name."[4]


Fonda supports the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital after being introduced to the charity by Jason Thomas Gordon, who started a campaign for the hospital called, Music Gives to St. Jude Kids. [14]

She is also a supporter of The Heroes Project, which was founded by Tim Medvetz to help wounded veterans. [15]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Breakdown Chloe TV-movie[citation needed]
2009 Love Hurts Valeriya
2010 Little Fockers Svetlana [citation needed]
2011 Love Russian girl Uncredited[citation needed]
2011 Captain Fork Samantha Short film[citation needed]
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love. Danielle Uncredited[citation needed]
2011 Real Steel Farra Lemkova
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Valentina (Volturi Assistant) Deleted scene[citation needed]
2013 Olvidados Lisa [citation needed]
2017 Xibalba Eli [citation needed]
2017 9/11 Tina
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Nip/Tuck Elena 1 episode ("Liz Cruz")
2007 Ugly Betty Model #3 1 episode ("I'm Coming Out, uncredited[citation needed]
2009 Entourage Sales girl 1 episode ("Give a Little Bit")
2009 How I Met Your Mother Candy 1 episode ("Robin 101")
2009 Melrose Place Party girl 1 episode ("Gower"), uncredited[citation needed]
2010 Svetlana Olga 1 episode ("Yellowcake")
2013–2014 The Vampire Diaries Nadia Petrova Recurring Season 5
2013 Nikita Larissa 1 episode ("The Life We've Chosen")
2015 Agent X Olga Petrovka Recurring Role
2016 Hawaii Five-0 Anna Novick 1 episode ("Waiwai")
2018 Altered Carbon Sarah 1 episode ("Out of the Past")
2018 My Dead Ex[citation needed] Madame Fortuna
2019 The Detour Natalia 2 Episodes ("The Groom", "The Bride")
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2005 True Crime: New York City [16]


  1. ^ "'Agent X' beauty Fonda learned ballet, martial arts for acting career". The Washington Times. November 19, 2015. Archived from the original on April 28, 2016. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Adams, Betty (February 20, 2010). "Former Winthrop exchange student takes on Hollywood". Morning Sentinel. Waterville, Maine. Archived from the original on October 6, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Lane, Laura (2011). "Esquire Presents Me in My Place with Olga Fonda". Esquire. p. 2. Archived from the original on October 7, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Fonda in "Olga Fonda [interview]". Rogue. December 29, 2015. Archived from the original on August 17, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2019. I got married this summer.
  5. ^ "The Overhead Compartment with Olga Fonda [interview]". Pursuitist. November 2015. Archived from the original on January 8, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Hyland, Veronique (August 8, 2011). "Olga Fonda Talks Real Steel and Her Russian Roots". Harper's Bazaar. Archived from the original on October 6, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011. Then I came to LA for vacation and I was scouted to pursue modeling. Eventually, I started doing commercial work, and here and there, appearances for TV shows, and then I got approached to do an independent film, Love Hurts, where I played a Russian ballerina.
  7. ^ Gottschalk, Shelby (November 23, 2015). "10 Things — Olga Fonda [interview]". Regard. Archived from the original on February 22, 2019. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c Ditzian, Eric (October 28, 2010). "'Breaking Dawn' Cast: Meet The New Faces". MTV. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved December 13, 2010.
  9. ^ McClintock, Pamela (June 1, 2010). "Hope Davis joins Real Steel'". Variety. Archived from the original on June 28, 2017. Two other additions to the lineup are James Rebhorn and Olga Fonda.
  10. ^ Ahern, Sarah (March 3, 2017). "TV News Roundup: Allison Miller Joins ABC Pilot 'Salamander,' Olga Fonda to Appear on to Netflix's 'Altered Carbon'". Variety. Archived from the original on February 17, 2019. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods TV Commercial, 'Gifting' Featuring Olga Fonda". iSpot. 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods TV Commercial, 'The Gifter' Featuring Olga Fonda". iSpot. 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  13. ^ "'Agent X' star Olga Fonda won't say how she got her famous last name". Fox News. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  14. ^ "On the Rise: Olga Fonda on her career break out role on 'Agent X' and more!". Icon Vision. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  15. ^ "Olga Fonda Interview". Naluda Magazine. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  16. ^ Luxoflux. True Crime: New York City. Activision. Scene: Pause menu credits, 4:30:06 in, VOICE TALENT.

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