Milana Aleksandrovna Vayntrub (/ˈvaɪntruːb/; Uzbek Cyrillic: Милана Александровна Вайнтруб; born March 8, 1987) is an American actress and comedian who is known for playing the character Lily Adams in a series of AT&T television commercials.[8]

Vayntrub has appeared in many short films and in the web series Let's Talk About Something More Interesting,[9] co-starring Stevie Nelson. She starred in the Yahoo! Screen series Other Space.

Early life

Vayntrub was born in Tashkent, Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic,[8][11] and is Jewish.[12] She moved to West Hollywood with her parents at the age of three, fleeing religious persecution.[13][14] She started acting in Mattel Barbie commercials at the age of five, due in part to her family's financial problems.[15]

Vayntrub briefly attended Beverly Hills High School, but dropped out after her sophomore year, got a GED, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of California, San Diego.[15] She received training with the improvisational comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade.[8]

Career

Vayntrub and Stevie Nelson teamed up to start the YouTube comedy channel Live Prude Girls where they produced a number of shorts and the hit web series Let's Talk About Something More Interesting.[9] Live Prude Girls went on to be featured on NewMediaRockstars' Top 100 Channels countdown, ranked at No. 93.[6]

Vayntrub has had small roles in film and television, including Life Happens. She has also starred in several CollegeHumor videos.[8] In 2011, Vayntrub was the lead in the music video for "Teenage Tide" by Letting Up Despite Great Faults.[6] She appeared as Tara in two episodes of the sitcom Silicon Valley.

Since November 2013, she has portrayed a saleswoman named "Lily Adams" in a series of TV commercials for AT&T.[8] She also portrayed Tina Shukshin on the Yahoo! Screen original series Other Space.

In January 2016, after visiting Greece and meeting with refugee families fleeing the Syrian Civil War, Vayntrub co-founded a website and social media movement called #CantDoNothing to spotlight the European migrant crisis.[13][14][6] She appeared in the television series This Is Us as Sloane Sandburg, author and co-star of the play in which Kevin Pearson is starring in New York.

In July 2017, Vayntrub was cast in the lead role of Marvel superheroine Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl in Freeform's upcoming television series New Warriors.[6]

Filmography

Film roles (selected)
YearTitleRoleNotes
2011Life HappensTanya
2012JunkNatasha
2016GhostbustersSubway Rat Woman
Television roles
YearTitleRoleNotes
1995ERTatiana3 episodes
1997Days of Our LivesYoung Kristen
2001–2002Lizzie McGuirePosse Member #1 / Cute Burper / Dancer3 episodes
2004The DivisionKaterina OminskyEpisode: "Acts of Desperation"
2012Daddy Knows BestNancyEpisode: "Game Night"
2012The LeagueCute Girl in BarEpisode: "The Hoodie"
2013Zach Stone Is Gonna Be FamousFelciaEpisode: "Zach Stone Is Gonna Get Wild"
2013Food Network StarVideo CallerEpisode: "4th of July Live"
2013Key & PeeleVampireEpisode: "Sexy Vampires"
2014House of LiesChristy2 episodes
2014CalifornicationBad ActressEpisode: "Like Father Like Son"
2014Silicon ValleyTara2 episodes
2015Other SpaceTina Shukshin8 episodes
2016LoveNatalie2 episodes
2016, 2017@midnightHerself7 episodes (July 22, August 17, 18, December 14 & February 13, 2017, March 29 & 30th 2017)
2016This Is UsSloane Sandburg4 episodes
2018New WarriorsDoreen Green / Squirrel GirlLead role
Web series roles
YearTitleRoleNotes
2011–2014CollegeHumor OriginalsVarious15 episodes
2015Wrestling Isn't WrestlingThe Ultimate WarriorVideo short [6]
2016Jake and Amir Present: Lonely and Horny Episode 1[6]Elana1 episode
2013BowserVids Comedy SketchesVarious4 videos
Music video roles
YearTitleArtistNotes
2007"Can't Be Saved"Senses Fail
2011"Teenage Tide"Letting Up Despite Great Faults