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7 Hollywood stars who speak Russian

It’s no secret that many Hollywood actors have Russian and Ukrainian roots. Grandfather Helen Mirren served in the Russian Imperial Army before he was exiled after the 1917 revolution of the year. Grandmother Leonardo DiCaprio was born in the Soviet Union. Even the great-grandmother Vero Goldberg lived in Tsarist Russia. Edition "Russia beyond the headlines»Found records of seven celebrities in Hollywood who speak Russian very well.

1. Oxford Style Kate Beckinsale

Before you get a role in the film Underworld , actress Kate Beckinsale studied French and Russian literature at Oxford University College. She speaks not only French and Russian, but also German.

“I wanted to read Chekhov and Moliere in their native languages,” the actress told Larry King during an interview on his TV show.

She added that the Russian language is very difficult. It gets harder with each level, and that it is "really unfair, because as you learn French deeper, it becomes easier, but Russian is more difficult, grammar is very difficult."

Kate even taught American TV presenter Stephen Colbert a few phrases in Russian, including "No, I won't give you your Wi-Fi password," "Putin, please put on your shirt," and "Goodbye!"

During the press conference in Moscow, she even answered questions in Russian!

“I have always loved Russia, I love literature,” she said. - I love Anna Akhmatova, Alexander Blok. We studied Fyodor Dostoevsky all year. I love Anton Chekhov very much, he is probably my favorite ... ”.

2. Mila Kunis speaks Russian with her parents

Mila was born in Ukraine. At the age of seven, she and her family moved to the United States, but continued to speak Russian at home. In an interview with the Russian media, she explained that she had stopped learning Russian after the first grade. Thus, she does not know how to write in Russian, reads a little, but speaks well.

In 2011, when she came to Moscow with Justin Timberlake to promote her movie “Friendship Sex», then even entered into an argument with a journalist about the role of Justin. Justin was surprised, to put it mildly!

“I don’t like it!” Justin said, probably because he didn’t expect Mila to be able to speak Russian.

3. Ralph Fiennes starred in Russian film

The British actor, who is known for the film "Schindler's List", also studied Russian for the filming of the last film by Vera Glagoleva, "Two Women", based on the famous Ivan Turgenev's play "Month in the Country". And yes, Fiennes plays in a Russian film.

In an interview with RT UK in 2016, he said that it was “extremely hard” to learn Russian, but he wanted to gain experience with a different language than his own.

He also said that he had been interested in Russian culture for many years and felt comfortable in Russia.

Fiennes often visits Russia. Presenting the film "Ghost" in Moscow, he delivered a speech in Russian. It is impressive that he had almost no mistakes!

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen,” he began. - I am very glad to be here with my colleagues. David Bautista, I'm a little afraid of you, David! And the lovely Naomi Harris! "

"English writer Ian Fleming wrote a book"From Russia with love". In this book, they sent a beautiful woman to seduce James Bond. We came here not to tempt you, but only to entertain. And, of course, we came to Russia with love. ”

4. Milla Jovovich wants to buy salad Olivier and cake Napoleon

Hollywood actress Milla Jovovich was born in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Her mother is Russian and her father is from Serbia. The family left the Soviet Union when she was 5 years old and ended up in the United States. But Milla captivates Russian audiences from time to time by speaking Russian during her visits to the country.

“Of course, I want to go to a Russian store, buy an Olivier salad, buy a Napoleon cake,” Milla once told Russian media. “Yes, Napoleon is the best!” Her husband agreed. - Pelmeni, dumplings, borsch, sour cream.

Once she even starred in a Russian-language role in the film “Happy trouble .

Just listen to her, speaking in Russian during the episode of the Russian radio show Europa Plus! This must be the easiest job for a translator.

“I understand [Russian] humor, I think it's the best in the world,” Mila said. "And, of course, I like [Russian] dumplings, jams."

5. Eli Roth studied Russian at school

American actor and producer Eli Roth has Russian ancestors and for several years he studied Russian at school. In 2010, he even advertised his film in Russian.

“Hi, I'm Eli Roth. I'm a film producer "The Last Exile of the Devil"that's why I speak Russian. Who knew? When I lived in Boston, I was in school and wanted to speak Russian. I do not know why. 20 years ago I was in Leningrad, sorry, in St. Petersburg, as well as in Moscow. And now I'm here with the film "The Last Exile the Devil".

6. Robert Downey Jr. studied Russian for 2 hours

Iron Man has no Russian roots, but presenting “Avengers " in Moscow in 2012, he spoke Russian more or less tolerably well.

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, Russian celebrities and children. On behalf of all of us, we love Russia. Thank you very much!".

According to the organizers, he learned his performance in 2 hours: he started in 13: 00, and in 15: 00 he freely spoke these words in Russian.

7. Jared Leto does not play with Russian

American actor and band leader Thirty Seconds to Mars studied Russian for a role in The lord of warwhere he was filming with Nicolas Cage. It is nice to hear him swear in Russian, sometimes even talking to the American media. "Well, are you standing like a dub?" (“Why are you standing like an oak tree?”) Jared once answered when a journalist asked him to say something in Russian.

Like many other Americans, he considers Russian to be "very, very difficult."

“The Russian language is a language that must be respected,” he once said. - You can't play with him. It is very difficult…".

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