Hollywood is a cherished dream for all who have chosen a profession related to cinema. And although few of the Russian actresses admit in interviews that they dream of filming in American blockbusters, now and then Russian names flash in the credits of high-profile projects.
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HowAndWhys made a list of top 10 hot Russian actresses who starred in Hollywood movies.
1) Svetlana Khodchenkova
Born in Moscow, Svetlana never set a goal to get to Hollywood. However, it was difficult not to notice this slender, tall, hot Russian girl with a low hoarse voice. She charmed the producers of the movie “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” Her colleagues on the site were Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
In some time, “The Wolverine” was released on the world screens. Initially, Jessica Bill was going to star there, but the role was given to Svetlana.
By the way, according to Khodchenkova, her pronunciation was not satisfactory for director Thomas Alfredson. He claimed that her English was too clear and asked for a more pronounced Russian accent.
Svetlana’s main filming partner was Tom Hardy, who helped her cope with the role and generally turned out to be “a talented and emotional guy.”
Svetlana Khodchenkova does not want to receive offers to play “a typical blonde Russian woman.” The actress complained: “I don’t know why, but Russian actors are used in Hollywood very one-sidedly: they are offered the roles of only bandits and pr*stitutes.”
2) Olga Kurylenko
This stunning actress is second in our list of top 10 hot Russian actresses who starred in Hollywood movies. Olga Kurylenko has participated in about thirty serious films, all of which were shot with the support of Hollywood and sometimes Europe.
At the age of 17, she received an offer from the Parisian model agency Madison and, without hesitation, flew to the center of France from her native Berdyansk.
Olga cannot be called an example of typical Russian beauty – she has neither blond long hair nor blue eyes. The actress has European features, and that is why she is loved abroad.
The actress gained particular popularity and recognition after the film “Quantum of Solace”, where Daniel Craig became her partner.
After that, Olga began getting loads of offers. She ran with Michael Fassbender in “Centurion,” kissed Ben Affleck in “To the Wonder,” disappeared on another planet in “Oblivion” with Tom Cruise, and played the obnoxious director in the “Academy of Vampires.”
3) Yuliya Snigir
And again films about Russian gangsters: in the 2013 thriller “Frostbite,” the insidious Russians locked the hero of Dylan McDermott in the freezer. The main female role was played by Yuliya Snigir.
In the same year, this hot Russian girl appeared in the Hollywood action movie “A Good Day to Die Hard” with Bruce Willis.
As for the difficulties on the set, Yuliya said that the main problem is the language barrier. By the way, by her first profession, she is an English teacher. The actress explained: “It’s one thing to speak English so that you can be understood, and another to immerse yourself in a foreign language environment. It’s very hard. For me, this is another challenge: I should not only think about the profession, I have to immediately grasp everything. And everyone speaks differently, with different accents, because the group is international.”
4) Natalya Vodianova
Natalya Vodianova is one of the most famous Russian girls who starred in Hollywood movies. In the “Clash of the Titans,” she got the short but very effective role of Gorgon Medusa, turning everything she looks at into stones.
Her other heroine is the unhappy wife in the very beautiful, atmospheric film “Belle du Seigneur.” It is worth watching not only for the sake of Natalya and Jonathan Rhys Meyers but also because of the mesmerizing landscapes and music.
Natalia is loved and appreciated abroad: she got an award from the American Glamor for her charitable work, and foreign magazines are fighting for the right to shoot Natalya for their covers.
5) Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė
One of the hot Russian actresses who starred in Hollywood movies is Ingeborga Dapkunaite, who was born in Vilnius. For a long time, Dapkunaite lived in London, where she met her second husband, director Simon Stokes. He staged performances in the theater, where she began to play.
During that period, the actress began to appear in western films. In the mid-90s, she first appeared in a foreign television project, the British TV series “The Good Guys.” Then, she participated in several European and Hollywood films, including “Seven Years in Tibet” with Brad Pitt and “Mission: Impossible” with Tom Cruise.
By the way, they say that Ingeborga impressed Cruise so much that when one day she needed a recommendation from some influential person from Hollywood, Tom immediately wrote it and sent it to the addressee.
Among the American films with her participation is the sensational “Red Sparrow” with Jennifer Lawrence.
6) Irina Shayk
Her real name is Irina Valerievna Shaykhlislamova. She took the short and sonorous pseudonym “Shayk” after the beginning of her modeling career, as the real surname of this hot Russian girl was too difficult for foreigners.
Irina Shayk is the first Russian model to appear on the cover of the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.” She appears on the cover of this edition every year. Irina’s popularity is easy to explain: she has Russian and Tatar roots, which means that she inherited an interesting appearance and hot character.
However, it was not done with genes alone: Irina is carefully working on her figure and diligently building her career. She participated in the film named “Hercules” some time ago, and it seems that directors see Russian beauties exclusively in the roles of goddesses.
7) Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis was seven years old when she and her family left Ukraine for Los Angeles. And in three years, the little smart girl with huge eyes began her acting career, appearing in commercials.
She felt miserable in her first years in America: “Imagine yourself deaf and blind at the age of seven.” However, gradually Mila began to get used to it, and now gets a lot of opportunities, from the voice acting of the series “Family Guy” to the nomination for the “Golden Globe” for the film “Black Swan.”
8) Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich is one of the popular Russian girls who starred in Hollywood movies that have USA citizenship.
She was born in Kyiv, then her family moved to London, then to Sacramento, and then to Los Angeles. Since the age of 11, Milla has been in the modeling business, but her real vocation is cinema.
For fantasy fans, Milla is a goddess. Everyone remembers her bold roles in “The Fifth Element” and in all parts of the “Resident Evil.”
However, Milla does not forget her homeland: she considers herself Russian. In 2010, she played a heroine named Nadya in the Russian film “Freaks.”
9) Alla Nazimova
The first flow of actors from Russia to America is usually associated with the October Revolution. But this is only partly true. And until 1917, some artists from the Russian Empire became famous due to American silent films.
The main star of Hollywood silent films was Alla Nazimova. In 1905, Alla, along with her theatrical troupe, was on tour on Broadway, and she liked America so much that after the end of the tour, she refused to leave. The beauty with an incredibly pretty face and a fate full of dramatic twists and turns was one of the popular Russian actresses who starred in Hollywood movies.
Her popularity with viewers was so high that, staying and signing a contract with Metro Pictures, she instantly rose to fame and reigned in American cinema for more than ten years, becoming the main prototype of the heroine of Billy Wilder’s classic film “Sunset Boulevard.”
10) Olga Baclanova
The operetta “La Périchole,” in which Olga Baclanova played the main role, was the most exquisite entertainment in the Russian capital of the 1920s, and the fame of the performance reached the West. The theater went to the USA.
The American public was conquered by both “Pericola” and Olga Baclanova, and when they were going to return to Russia, the actress refused to go. They had to urgently look for a replacement for her role in “La Périchole.” Olga, meanwhile, became a star abroad. Her roles in the theater were replaced by high-profile work in the cinema.
It all started with a small role in the melodrama “The Dove.” The actress was noticed by the popular actor named Conrad Veidt. He was so shocked by Baclanova’s beauty that he immediately invited her to become a partner in the film “The Man Who Laughs.” To date, this adaptation is considered to be one of the best, it was released in the United States in 1928.
Olga instantly became a movie star. One of the critics called her “the Russian tigress,” and this nickname followed Baclanova until the end of her life.