Once you start dating Ukrainian women online, you’ll likely develop an interest for all things Ukrainian. You may wonder if anyone you know has any Ukrainian ancestry, or better yet, which of your favorite celebrities do!
We’re all familiar with Milla Jovovich, Mila Kunis, and Olga Kurylenko as successful actresses in the United States, but did you know that these sexy celebs have Ukrainian roots too?
Currently starring in the A&E television series Bates Motel as Norma Bates, Vera Farmiga comes from a large family of seven children. She was born in New Jersey, where her parents Mykhailo and Luba emigrated from Ukraine.
She was raised in an Ukrainian American community, attended a Ukrainian Catholic school, toured with a Ukrainian folk dancing ensemble, and even spoke Ukrainian as her native language.
The importance of family is a recurring theme in Ukrainian culture and Vera recently shared some memories of her grandfather with the Winston-Salem Journal.
"I just remember him holding me, my best friend, my cousin — who’s a year younger than me — and just telling us stories about princesses — and kind of living vicariously through these other girls’ experiences of life. Stories are important, not only for entertainment but as a social platform. And I guess there’s a pride in me, being a storyteller, a sincere joy," she said.
Born Nora Louise Kuzma in Ohio, Traci Lords is known for her roles in adult films during the 1980s and John Waters’ movies during the 1990s. Her father’s family, the Kuzmas, left Ukraine in the 1930s and settled in West Virginia.
"My grandfather John had a thick Russian accent and a fierce work ethic," she writes in her autobiography. “His wife, Mary... sang Russian songs at the top of her lungs while cooking up batches of pierogi and borscht."
Best known as one of Charlie Sheen’s "goddesses," Bree Olson was born Rachel Marie Oberlin in Texas. She has performed in over 250 adult films, appeared in Playboy, Penthouse, and Hustler magazines, and has won over a dozen adult entertainment awards.
Bree’s maternal grandparents migrated from Ukraine to Texas. She often says that her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, is her biggest hero.
"I listen to her stories and I cry all the time. She was eating potato peels and weighing 65 pounds," Bree told Inside the Porn Stars Studio. "It is so horrible what my grandmother had to go through to be such an amazing person but it makes me think that people just have it to easy. From hearing what she went through it makes me appreciate the things I have in my life so much more."
Born in California, Larisa Oleynik came to fame in the mid-1990s, after starring in the title role of the popular Nickelodeon television series, The Secret World of Alex Mack. She also appeared in such movies as The Babysitters Club and 10 Things I Hate About You.
Larisa’s father’s family is Ukrainian and she was raised in the Russian Orthodox religion.
Best known as the mistress of Tony Soprano on the hit HBO television series The Sopranos, Oksana Lada was actually born in Ivano Frankivsk, the Western region of Ukraine. She studied to be an economist before emigrating to the U.S. when she was 20.
She’s also had small roles in such shows as 30 Rock, Law & Order, and CSI: Miami. Currently living in Manhattan, New York, Oksana is fluent in Russian and Polish. Look for her next in the feature film Douglas Brown.
Alexandra Pauline Cohen, who goes by the Ukrainian nickname Sasha, is an Olympic figure skater from California. She’s also appeared in such films as Moondance Alexander, Blades of Glory, and Bratz: The Movie.
Her mother, Galina, is a Jewish immigrant from Odessa, Ukraine and a former ballet dancer. Sasha once participated in a charity ice show benefiting the Children of Chernobyl Relief Fund, and she’s been known to use Ukrainian music and costumes in her skating programs.
Television personality Juliya Chernetsky is best known as Mistress Juliya on the music-theme television network Fuse. She’s hosted such heavy metal shows as Uranium, Metal Asylum, and Slave to the Metal. She currently hosts Fuse Top 20 Countdown.
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Juliya was raised in Brooklyn, New York.
"I translated Black Sabbath lyrics for my Russian father and that’s how we bonded," Juliya told The Entertainment Nexus.
See if your favorite Ukrainian ladies are familiar with these famous Ukrainian-American celebrities!