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What You Don't Know About That AT&T Commercial Girl

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.

MILANA VAYNTRUB

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.

POLITICAL REFUGEE

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.

UCB GRAD

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.

YOUTUBE SENSATION

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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