Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots

Hollywood stars are closer to us than we think. If the majority knows about Leonardo DiCaprio's grandmother from Odessa and about the Ukrainian past of Milla Jovovich and Millie Kunis, then the information about some other actors and pop artists is impressive. By the way, most of them actively support Ukraine, both in deed and in word. For example, Mila Kunis and her husband Ashton Kutcher transferred $35 million to help Ukrainians.

The ancestors of the actors presented in our selection came from Ukraine. It's nice that famous people speak warmly about Ukraine and support us in such a difficult time, despite the circumstances due to which their relatives had to emigrate. ⠀

Leonardo DiCaprio⠀

Leonardo DiCaprio's grandmother's name was Elena Smirnova, she comes from Odessa. After the October Revolution, her parents decided to take her to Germany, and then she moved to the USA.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots< /p>Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in Don't Look Up Images

Mila Kunis

Milena Markovna – that's exactly the name of Mila – was born in the city of Chernivtsi. In 1991, Elvira and Mark Borisovich Kunis went with the whole family to America with $250 in their pocket. Parents wanted Mila and her brother Mikhail to have a future. Already in 1994, Mila began her acting career from filming commercials. Mila Kunis visited Ukraine several times. For example, in 2017, together with her husband Ashton Kutcher, she visited her native Chernivtsi, and in 2021 they came to Kyiv.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots

Mila Kunis in the film “Friendship”

Whoopi Goldberg

It is difficult to suspect anyone but the American actress Whoopi Goldberg of having Ukrainian roots. Goldberg said in an interview that her great-grandmother is a native of Odessa. Whoopi was born in New York but kept her last name Goldberg to preserve her Jewish heritage.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots

Whoopi Goldberg

Rob Feldman

Rob is known to many for his role as the brother of the main character Villanelle in the third season of the series “Killing Eve”. He has a 10-year career and performances in Kyiv theaters. The actor himself is from the Dnieper, without enrolling in & # 8220; Karpenko-Kary & # 8221; went to study in Britain, where in 2013 he completed a master's degree at the acting school Drama Center London. After that, he returned to Ukraine.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots

Rob Feldman and Jodie Comer

Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich was born in Kyiv. Her mother Galina Loginova was a famous actress, and her father – doctor from Yugoslavia. Jovovich spent the first five years of her life in Dnepropetrovsk, where she also went to the garden. Then the mother of the actress took her daughter to London and then to the USA.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots

Milla Jovovich

Bob Dylan

The famous American singer, pop legend was born in Minnesota. But few people know that the real name of the artist is Robert Allen Zimmerman, and his grandparents left Odessa in 1905. Today, a photo of the musician hangs in the US Embassy in Ukraine next to portraits of Igor Sikorsky, Milla Jovovich and other famous Americans with Ukrainian roots.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots< /p>Bob Dylan

Vera Farmiga

Actress Vera Farmiga was born into a family of Ukrainian emigrants. Her grandmother Nadezhda (a Pletentsy native) and grandfather Fyodor Spas met in a displaced persons camp in Germany during World War II. Fedor and Nadezhda emigrated to the United States in 1950, when Farmiga Lubomir's mother was very young. Farmiga's father Mikhail was born in Ukraine.

Vera herself, although born in the United States, was raised in a Ukrainian-American society, studied at a Ukrainian Greek Catholic school and was a pupil of the Ukrainian scout organization Plast. Today, at every opportunity, Farmiga talks about her origin and follows the events in Ukraine.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots

Vera Farmiga

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Lenny Kravitz

It's hard to believe, but it seems that Ukrainian blood also flows in the veins of this singer. At a concert in Kyiv in 2008, he said that his grandfather on his father's side was born in Ukraine, and his great-grandfather was from Kyivian! So, Zoya Kravitz, his daughter, also has Ukrainian blood! By the way, Lenny also supported Ukraine.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots

Lenny Kravitz

David Duchovny

His grandfather Moishe Dukhovny left Berdichev for the United States, fleeing Jewish pogroms during the civil war of 1918-1920. His father's name was Abraham Dukhovny, and he came from a family of emigrants from the USSR. At one time, Abraham changed the letter “X” in his last name to “K” and rejected the last “Y”. Thus, it was more convenient for Americans to pronounce his surname as Dukovny. However, David returned one letter in place. In April 2014, David Duchovny himself called himself Ukrainian on Twitter: “I grew up thinking that I was Russian, but only now I realized that I have always been Ukrainian. It's never too late to change.”

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots

David Duchovny

Sylvester Stallone

His mother, Jacqueline Leifobish, was born into the family of a successful Washington lawyer, John Leifobish, whose parents, Rose and Charles Leifobish, immigrated to the United States from Odessa in 1888. Jacqueline visited the USSR in the mid-80s.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots

Sylvester Stallone

Winona Ryder

Winon Ryder has Kharkov roots. Her parents Cynthia and Michael Horowitz are descendants of Jewish emigrants from Kharkov and Romania. An unusual story happened to Winona Ryder's grandparents while emigrating to the United States. The real name of Winona's ancestors is Tomchina, but the emigration services once mixed up the personal data of two different families. And in America, the Tomchins became Horovits. The actress's grandmother, who lived to be 100 years old, often talked about her relatives, most of whom died in the camps. Once the actress said that she dreams of making a film about the Second World War and the life of Ukrainian relatives.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots< /p>Winona Ryder

Steven Spielberg

The legendary American film director Steven Spielberg has roots in Odessa. Spielberg's grandparents were born in Ukraine and immigrated to the US from Odessa in the first decade of the 20th century. The director never denied his origin, telling reporters in an interview that he loves Ukraine and loves borscht. In 2006, Spielberg visited Ukraine for the first time.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots< /p>Steven Spielberg

Liv Schreiber

Liv Schreiber's maternal grandfather Alex Milgram was a simple worker from Ukraine. It is thanks to him that Schreiber knows the history of his family well and not only recalls his roots in an interview, but also helps our country with his cause.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots< /p>Liv Schreiber

Recall that Liev Schreiber cooks borscht for Ukrainian refugees in Poland.

Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman's parents are from Kyiv. When the grandparents of the actor were shot by the Bolsheviks during the repressions, the family emigrated to the States. Dustin was born there.

According to Dustin Goffman, it was forbidden in his family to talk about his relatives and their Jewish roots. However, in 2016, he became the hero of the American TV show Finding Your Roots, where the presenters announced that Goffman's relatives on his father's side were immigrants from Bila Tserkva.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots

Dustin Goffman in the film “Hero&#8221 ;

Liv Tyler

The Ukrainian roots of actress Liv Tyler became known from an interview with her father Steven Tyler, the leader of the Aerosmith group. When the rock musician came to Ukraine with a concert, he told reporters that his grandmother was German, and his maternal grandfather was Ukrainian. The musician also said that he grew up on Ukrainian borscht.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots

Liv Tyler in the “Lord of the Rings”

Kathryn Winnick

Ancestors of Katherine Vinnik, Ekaterina Vinnitskaya, originally from Galicia. Although Katherine was born and raised in Canada, she is fluent in Ukrainian. In Toronto, she attended a Greek Catholic church and went to a Ukrainian Sunday school. Until the age of 17, Katerina was a member of the Plast organization.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots

Kathryn Vinnik in the series “Vikings”

Olga Kurylenko

“Bond girl” was born in our native Ukrainian Berdyansk. The father is Ukrainian, and the mother is from the Irkutsk region, has Russian-Belarusian roots. The parents divorced shortly after the birth of their daughter. Olga actively starred in Hollywood films and series for streaming platforms. Now the actress actively advocates for Ukraine and helps refugees. However, in her posts she does not name Russia as the culprit of the war in Ukraine, for which she is rightly criticized in the comments under her posts.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots< /p>Olga Kurylenko

Ivanna Sakhno

American actress of Ukrainian origin Ivanna Sakhno was born in Kyiv in a family of filmmakers, director Galina Kuvivchak-Sakhno and cameraman Anatoly Sakhno. Due to the fact that her family moved to Canada in 2010, after graduating from college, she entered the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute School of Acting. Success came to Sakhno after filming the blockbuster Pacific Rim 2 and the comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me.

Despite the fact that Sakhno has been living and working in the United States since 2013, she is always active supported Ukraine. In particular, in 2014, during the Revolution of Dignity, together with the Ukrainian diaspora in Los Angeles, Sakhno went to rallies in support of Ukraine. In 2016, Sakhno appeared on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival with a sign in support of Oleg Sentsov. Now Ivanna is also actively supporting Ukraine.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots< /p>Ivanna Sakhno. Photo from Instagram

We also recall that Ivanna Sakhno got a role in the TV series based on the universe of “Star Wars” “Asoka Tano”.

Marina Mazepa

Ukrainian actress comes from the city of Konotop, Sumy region. In 2015, she participated in the dance show “Everybody dance” and abilities were noted by Vlad Yama. Then Marina worked as a choreographer in the Cirque de Soleil dance shows in Las Vegas, reached the semifinals of the America’s Got Talent project. Then an acting career began. In particular, she played in the films “Wicked” and “Evil Incarnate”. And now she is preparing for a new role – in the John Wick prequel series.

Actors and stars with Ukrainian roots

Ukrainian actress Marina Mazepa