HERE'S WHAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE AT&T COMMERCIAL GIRL
Everybody loves Lily, AT&T's perky, enthusiastic commercial spokeswoman. Based on her TV ads,
we know she's nerdy and awkward, a hopeless romantic, and she likes bedazzling. But how
much do you actually know about the lady behind the Lily? Here's what you may not have known
about the AT&T commercial girl.
This might blow your mind, but Lily's name isn't actually Lily. It's actually Milana
Aleksandrovna Vayntrub. Vayntrub was born in the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic, or
what's now the Republic of Uzbekistan. You know what they say: give us your tired, your
poor, and your huddled masses yearning to become Hollywood pop-culture sensations.
Life in the USSR wasn't exactly sunshine and rainbows for the Vayntrubs, especially because
they faced persistent religious persecution for being Jewish in an officially atheist
country. When Milana was two, her family fled Uzbekistan in hopes of finding religious freedom
and political asylum in America. The process was long and grueling, with the family stranded
in both Austria and Italy for a while. Luckily, the Vayntrubs made it to America and settled
in California, which sounds like a wonderful step up.
BARBIE AND ER
Lily is hardly the first character Vayntrub ever played in a commercial. She began acting
in TV ads at five, starring in Barbie commercials to help her family make ends meet. Her first
big break happened in 1995, when she landed a guest spot on ER, where she appeared alongside
stars like Julianna Margulies at the precocious and precious age of eight!
HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT
Vayntrub attended Beverly Hills High School, but she dropped out as a sophomore. But not
because she didn't value her education. She actually wanted to learn more quickly. Vayntrub
got her GED and moved on to the University of San Diego, where she earned a degree in
communication—appropriate considering she's known for selling AT&T products.
The Upright Citizen's Brigade is one of the most famous comedy troupes in show business.
Vayntrub honed her comedy chops with the UCB, joining other famous graduates like Saturday
Night Live vets Kate McKinnon, Bobby , and Horatio Sanz, to name only a few. She may
not have made the SNL cast yet, but her work with the UCB helps explain her comedic timing.
Vayntrub has guest starred on shows like Key and Peele, Californication, and Silicon Valley.
But before all that, she rose to prominence through a different channel—on YouTube.
As one of the co-creators of Live Prude Girls, Vayntrub was an early YouTube sensation, with
each of her videos earning hundreds of thousands of views. The channel is dormant now, but
if you want a sneak peek at life before Lily, you can still watch Vayntrub's hit videos
online. Bonus points if you watch from an AT&T device...
THE CAN'T DO NOTHING MOVEMENT
Vayntrub created the "Can't Do Nothing" movement, which has spurred nearly a quarter of a million
people worldwide to use social media to help crusade for the rights of refugees around
the globe. Saving the world by using your AT&T phone to record YouTube videos of yourself
helping refugees? That's just the kind of moment Lily would absolutely love.
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