You might recognize Milana Vayntrub as Lily from AT&T, but she’s so much more than that. Thanks to higher-profile roles in TV shows, she has started to become more widely known as a household name.
Not only that, but she is also known as an activist, spending time working to help refugees. Milana often uses social media to help spread awareness about causes she holds near and dear.
Continue on to learn even more about Milana Vayntrub, including a few surprises.
When you look like Milana, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she’s dabbled in modeling. She’s able to perfectly pull off both cute and sexy all at the same time.
While Milana obviously makes for an adorable and hilarious AT&T clerk, she’s also unforgettable in other roles, such as when she spent time working on the web series CollegeHumor.
Milana spent time filming an episode for ‘Californication’ back in 2014, which aired from 2007 to 2014. That same episode also starred David Duchovny of ‘X-Files’ fame.
Milana said that she loved every minute of filming, especially being able to work with Duchovny on set.
Believe it or not, Milana was first featured on tv back in 1995! As a child actress, she was in the series ‘ER’, and played the role of a girl named Tatiana over three episodes.
But before that tv role, she also starred in tv commercials dating back to 1993, though they didn’t get as much notice.
Milana’s current net worth is estimated to be around $500,000, which might sound a little low. But keep in mind that she’s just now becoming more well-known, having recently landed bigger roles.
With how her fame continues to rise, her net worth will undoubtedly continue to rise right along with it.
Milana was featured in a recurring role on the sitcom ‘Silicon Valley’ from 2014 to 2016. She didn’t have a large role, but her comedic expertise definitely helped the show as a whole.
Did you know that Milana has her own personal motto? It is “All animals, all the time.” Yep, Milana is a big-time animal lover!
If you happen upon her personal social media accounts, you can’t help but notice how they’re full of cats and other adorable animals in need of a home–though some of them are her own personal pets.
Milana truly struck gold in 2013 when she landed the role of Lily Adams from AT&T. This is what helped to get her foot in the door, which helped both her face and personality become known.
One thing people quickly discovered is that her face AND personality aren’t easily forgettable, which helped her to land even more roles.
Hank Perlman has directed most of Milana’s AT&T commercials, and he was quick to notice that she was so much more than she seemed.
“I think Milana’s Lily resonates with audiences because she’s a multi-dimensional character in a way that’s rare for commercials.
“We try as hard as we can not only to make her funny but to make her as strong, smart, and human as possible.
And hopefully, all of that makes her as relatable as a character in a 30-second commercial can be.”
Milana was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on March 8, 1987. This was during the time that Uzbekistan was dissolving the Soviet Union.
Her parents decided to flee Tashkent because of their fear of religious persecution for being Jewish, and escaped with three-year-old Milana.
They first went to Austria, then Italy before they landed in Hollywood, California in 1990.
One thing Milana knows for certain is that her parents have always worked hard to give her a good life. She said, “Once here, my parents worked their butts off to give me a good education and upbringing. They did a great job.”
Milana seems to have inherited her parent’s strong work ethic and she’s worked hard to make sure that her life is both respectable and fulfilling.
From 2012 until 2013, Milana played the part of Denise in three episodes of ‘Roommates Enemies’. This happened during a time when Milana was first starting to gain a little traction with her acting.
Milana is a big sister, and she and her younger sister just happen to look very much alike. She recently posted a photo of her sister on Instagram, captioned:
“My little sister graduated! Glad she finally got a hat to cover her enormous brain.”
The very best comedians have the ability to not only make fun of themselves but others as well–and Milana is able to do that in spades! Thankfully, she does this in the best way possible, and audiences across the world love her for it.
In case you thought Milana has only worked in tv, you might want to hold on to your hat. Milana is smart enough to know how to work across various forms of media, including radio.
She uses those different forms to push those causes closest to her heart, including helping refugees. AT&T is on record for helping her to support those causes, saying:
“Milana’s passion for her cause is absolutely remarkable. We respect Milana’s personal interests outside of her role in our ads.”
You can’t look at Milana without recognizing that she’s obviously in good shape, and sorry… but she doesn’t have to work all that hard a it. She’s just naturally able to stay in such good shape. Lucky girl!
Milana had a role in “Other Space” in 2015, and was known as one of the main cast members. The show featured a crew of inexperienced space explorers as they ventured through an unknown universe.
The show lasted for only one season and was 8 episodes long. Milana was cast in the role of Tina Shukshin, adding a much-needed dose of comedy.
A big game-changing role for Milana was when she landed the part of Sloane Sandberg in 2016 on the hit television show, “This Is Us.”
She played the role of an adorable theater director turned love interest for one of the cast’s main members, appearing in eight episodes overall.
When Milana and her family first landed in America when she was just three years old, they did so for their own safety since they were literally being hunted down in their own country for being Jewish.
Shortly after they left in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed.
Milana made appearances on well-known tv shows as a child, including ‘Lizzie McGuire’ and ‘Days of Our Lives.’ She appeared in three episodes from 2001 to 2002 as a dancer on ‘Lizzie’, and she appeared in one episode of ‘Days’.
In 2017, Milana was cast in the movie ‘All Nighter,’ which is about an estranged father who visits his daughter in Los Angeles. When he gets there, he discovers that she’s missing and teams up with her ex-boyfriend in an attempt to find her.
In 2018, Milana starred in ‘Marvel’s New Warriors,’ which was a TV series where she played as Doreen Green and Squirrel Girl. The plot involved six young people with special abilities who worked and lived together trying to make a difference in the world.
Part of what helped Milana’s family escape to America was an organization that helped to finance her family’s settlement.
Milana said about the matter, “We had a lot of help when we got to America. One of the organizations that helped us, they had a record of all the money they spent on us for our health care bills and education programs, and so my favorite thing that I’ve done is just pay them back because they invested in us. It’s my karmic duty to help them because we’ve been helped so much.”
Once when Milana was in Greece, on vacation with her dad, she decided to fly out to the island of Lesbos, where Syrian refugees were coming in. She did this because she wanted to help, being a former refugee herself.
She is pictured here with a Syrian family, taking them to a registration camp directly from the boat that they just came in on.
Milana wants to raise awareness and funding for refugee crises around the world, so much that she’s the co-founder of #CantDoNothing, which aims to do just that.
“It is important for us to emphasize not just the problem, but all the things we can do to end it,” she stated. “We hope everyone will post about #CantDoNothing on their social media, and challenge three friends to participate by tagging them. I really believe we all have to power to be influencers, to use our voice and create a ripple effect of Good.”
Not only does Milana star in tv and commercial roles, but she’s also a full-fledged comedian who often talks about her own life experiences while on stage.
When she was asked about what she’d like to do next, she suggested that directing commercials might be a good fit since she loves it so much.
“I love working with brands and ad agencies and old white men who have been doing this for 60 years. I love creating challenging and opposing ideas and using that to make something bigger and better than just my brain, or just their brain could have come up with. The creative collaboration is my favorite thing.”
Milana is so much more than a funny, pretty face. She holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of California in San Diego. When she was only 16 years old, she dropped out of high school to get her GED.
Milana has many fans, as a community on Reddit has made very clear. She has an entire Reddit page dedicated solely to her, that covers every and anything Milana Vayntrub.
Milana spoke about her private school experience during an interview with InStyle magazine.
She said, “My parents worked their butts off to afford private school, summer camp, and gymnastics classes (which I’m pretty sure is a prerequisite for all Russian kids) so that I could take part in everything this Promised Land had to offer.”
Once again, she made it clear that she’s very appreciative of everything that her parents have done for her, to help get her to where she currently is in life.
Milana has spoke of her childhood, saying, “Despite all their hard work, as a kid, I remember feeling as though I couldn’t culturally catch up to my peers. Especially when it came to beach towels–these really stupid, but really cool, but actually really stupid towels.
“All my classmates owned these colorful beach towels with Disney characters on them. I desperately wanted one, but instead, I had this orange and white patterned thing, a glorified Slavic doily—that my parents brought with them from Uzbekistan. To me, it was a smoke signal alerting all potential friends that I was NOT. FROM. HERE.”
When Milana and her family moved to the United States, she was too young to have her own visa–so here she is pictured on her mother’s visa. Milana was too young to remember living in her home country, but she did grow up hearing the Russian language and still speaks it with her parents.
Oh, silly Milana! She’s known for being funny and free, and she recently made that quite obvious when she flashed the world from inside of her hotel room. While it isn’t likely that anyone actually saw her, it’s the thought that counts, right?
Milana has a crush on George Clooney, who she had the pleasure of working with on ‘ER’ when she played the role of young Tatiana. She said about the matter:
“It was also season one with George Clooney, and he was amazing. I just kept trying to invite him over. He was like, “Yeah, I’ll come over for a playdate.” I was like, “Mom! Can you cook something, so we have a reason for him to come over?” My mom and I were both just goo-goo-gaga over him.”
When asked about whether she realized she was funny or not, Milana said, “Yes. Comedy came early. I knew when I was a kid that I was silly and I knew that I liked people who were funny, but I don’t think I knew I was funny. I didn’t really think about it.”
A little self-awareness goes a long way, and Milana has the amazing ability to do just that. She is fully aware of what has made her famous. During an interview with Esquire, she said:
“Usually my AT&T commercials or my YouTube videos. Sometimes they’ll get introduced to me from the commercials and they’ll go look me up and find my YouTube videos. Or they’ve been a fan for a while, and they’re really supportive of the commercials.”