Milana Aleksandrovna Vayntrub (born March 8, 1987), also known as simply Milana, is an American actress, comedienne and activist who played Lily Adams in AT&T commercials.
Born in the Soviet Union to Jewish parents, she immigrated to the United States shortly after and began her career as a child actress shortly thereafter. She later appeared in multiple commercials for the telecommunications company AT&T from 2013 to 2016 before moving on to play the supporting role of Chaika Trabant / Agent 3 in the Marvel series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., first appearing during season two before being promoted as a regular cast member following season four.
Additionally, she played the lead role of alongside Joel Hodgson in the Yahoo! Screen science fiction comedy web series Other Space (2015) with her commercial work and she has a recurring role as on the NBC drama This Is Us (2016–18). She also had a role in Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors – part of Disney’s MCU – in 2018. Further to all this, we can’t forget that Od will voice Squirrel Girl in the Marvel franchise continuing with Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, set for release in 2019.
Vayntrub Early Life & Education
Vayntrub was born in Uzbekistan and is Jewish. She and her parents immigrated to the United States when she was very young; her family had been trying to flee antisemitism for several years. They settled in West Hollywood California at a fairly young age. At two years old, Vayntrub began acting in Mattel Barbie commercials. This was partially due to her family’s financial problems but also because Vayntrub knew that she wanted to become an actress and started doing commercials as a way to impress casting directors and representatives of production companies through persistence and determination!
Vayntrub Career So Far
Caroline Vayntrub’s first on-screen role was a three-episode arc on the NBC drama ER in 1995. She later had roles on shows such as Life Happens, Silicon Valley, and The Heat. Nowadays, she specializes in comedy shorts and YouTube videos. You may even recognize her voice from a few different spots including commercials for Adobe or Dunkin Donuts if you’re not convinced she has comedic chops!
Vayntrub made a few short films with Freddie Wong and appeared in one episode of the web series, Video Game High School. In November 2013, she was cast as Lily Adams in a series of AT&T commercials, replacing Ashley Hinshaw. She reprised the role on January 15, 2015 and again in September that year. That summer, Vayntrub joined Paul Feig’s Yahoo! Screen comedy Other Space where she portrayed Tina Shukshin. The show was canceled after only one season on October 9th, 2015 despite generally positive reviews.
Vayntrub is a Super Actress
In July 2017, Vayntrub was announced to star in the upcoming Marvel Comics’ superheroine Squirrel Girl in the Freeform television pilot for Marvel Rising, which is slated for a 2018 release. However, after a lengthy search for the organization who would be producing the series and giving it funding, Freeform decided not to move forward with New Warriors in favor of another show. According to Variety reporter Nellie Andreeva, Fox Television Group Chairman Gary Newman said New Warriors didn’t work out at Freeform because of “creative differences” while trying to cast Squirrel Girl, who instead will be played by Milana Vayntrub in a Disney-produced installment within Marvel Rising.
She starred in the hit 2019 movie “Mother’s Little Helpers”, which premiered at South by Southwest. In April of that year, Comedy Central’s YouTube channel released three sketches starring Vayntrub and Akilah Hughes as part of a new digital sketch series entitled Making Fun with… Akilah & Milana, where viewers were treated to various quirky comedy skits based on real-life moments. She also appeared in the Quibi streaming television series Die Hart and in the short film The Shabbos Goy as Hannah, both released in July 2020.
She’s an activist
Vayntrub co-founded a website, www.cantdonothing.com (now closed), and started a social media movement advocating for accepting refugees from the civil war after visiting Greece and meeting with families from Syria fleeing the civil war in January 2016.
What is Milana Vayntrub’s Net Worth?
Milana Vayntrub has an estimated net worth of $3 million. She is a successful actor and comedian who received her net worth through her performing, directing and producing roles which have been featured in popular projects including the Nickelodeon TV show, Disney Channel TV series and College Humor Originals episode.
Milana Vayntrub’s Acting Style
Vayntrub has an improved comedy background which is why she’s able to capture a well-meaning girl-next-door vibe in her ads for AT&T. She brings a simple and relatable touch to the brand, but still manages to give out snappy one-liners that make viewers take note of the unique qualities of their product.
Milana Vayntrub’s Vocal Qualities
As Lily Adams, Vayntrub has a very friendly and approachable voice that makes her relatable to most audiences. For example, she says something like “Hey, nobody uses their phone anymore!” in one of the commercials where she’s supposed to be describing Verizon’s unlimited calls and texts. She also mimics a condescending tone in another ad when she insults an older generation because they refuse to understand how much easier storing contacts on cloud storage is for people today.
AT&T has an advertising campaign featuring the actress, Lauren Vayntrub. She’s a young, funny star on the rise who takes on numerous personalities and hits them home with her advertising skills. The ads are all filmed in one of AT&T’s regular-looking phone stores, complete with real customers, celebrities and families alike.
Keeping in mind that she is their target audience, they also use calming colors and light sounds to create a warm atmosphere throughout their stores. One way that AT&T differs from most other companies out there is by making sure they end each commercial on a humorous note so as not to come across as too stifling or intimidating to their viewers. We also don’t mind getting older customers involved either since humor is bound to unite people of all ages!
Vayntrub eventually moved on to appear in the 2013 AT&T commercials following her run with Pantene, and then went on to take on more of a minor role when she joined the cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D as Chaika Trabant/Agent 3 in 2015 before becoming a full-time main cast member during season four in 2016 after initially appearing as a guest star during season two of the show.
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