On this episode of The Story & Craft Podcast, we sit down for a chat with actor, Milana Vayntrub, whom you may recognize as Lily from the AT&T commercials. We talked about her career, which dates back to when she was just five years old, and what it's like to be an actor in the industry. Listen in as we discuss the importance of standing out in the industry, and how there can only be one Lily.
Milana shared her unique background, having been born in Uzbekistan and moving to Los Angeles when she was around three years old. We discussed the influence of her immigrant community on her life and how L.A. is a great place to settle for people from all backgrounds. We explored Milana's involvement in the entertainment industry, which was sparked by her mother's own acting background and her own energetic personality.
We also touched upon Milana's experiences as a child actor, her transition from commercials to TV and film, and how she discovered the benefits of collaboration and creativity through theater and improv. We wrapped up our conversation discussing her favorite comfort food, influential people in her life, and her first celebrity crush (and former co-star), George Clooney. Be sure to tune in for this engaging and insightful discussion with the one and only Milana Vayntrub!
0:02:58 - Behind the Scenes of Production
0:05:53 - Family Careers and Immigration
0:12:09 - Child Acting and Behind the Scenes
0:16:00 - Using Art to Fight Depression
0:17:29 - The Benefits of Play and Improv
0:25:30 - Self-Made Hollywood Success
0:28:04 - Challenges of Recognizability in Acting
0:36:08 - Love vs. Oppression
0:42:18 - Passions and Potential Professions
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Milana Vayntrub is an Uzbekistan-born American actress, writer and stand-up comedian. She began her career making YouTube videos amounting over 11 million views, then turned her web content into an MTV pilot. In 2016 she was recognized by Adweek on the cover of their Creative 100 issue for her activism, documentary work, and her role as Lily Adams in AT&T commercials. She is most recognized as an actress for her role as Sloane on the NBC dramatic series and as a writer for Adult Swim's Robot Chicken.