From the Oscar-winning actor to Milla Jovovich, from Mila Kunis to Vera Farmiga: there are many stars who have their origins and hearts in Kiev. And now they support their people under attack, with appeals on social networks and generous donations
“I am shocked and heartbroken. My country is bombed, friends and relatives live in hiding”. Thus begins the post on Instagram written by Milla Jovovich, the actress born in Kiev and then emigrated to Los Angeles at the age of five. There are many, more than we think, Hollywood stars who have Ukrainian origins. And now they are forcefully siding with their country against Russian aggression. Never underestimate the strength of Hollywood – photo | video
Leonardo DiCaprio donates ten million to the Ukrainian army: the grandmother was from Odessa – look
DICAPRIO AND ODESSA’S GRANDMOTHER – In December 2020, Scarlett Johansson posted a YouTube video calling for Egypt to release Patrick Zaki and three other activists. An appeal that served to stir things up and which perhaps also contributed to the release of the Egyptian student which took place a year later. The most powerful action comes from Leonardo DiCaprio, who has donated 10 million dollars to various humanitarian organizations to support the people under attack. The actor has not formalized the reasons for such an impressive donation. According to the American media, it is due to the fact that her grandmother Elena Stepanova Smirnova was born in 1915 in Odessa.
Milla Jovovich, sprint mom with husband and daughters Ever and Dashiel – look
PROUD AND GENEROUS KUNIS – Mila Kunis has also been busy who, with her husband Ashton Kutcher, has started a fundraiser. They have totaled 20 million dollars to be donated in humanitarian aid (3 of which offered by them), but they don’t stop there: “We want to reach 30 million”. “I’ve never been so proud to be Ukrainian,” said the actress of Black Swan. Mila was born in 1983 in Chernivtsi, a small town in the western part of the country, and at the age of 8 she moved to the United States. She didn’t speak a word of English, her father supported the family by being a house painter and delivering pizzas at home. “Never had a teddy bear as a child, they gave me one when I was 9,” she said, recalling the harshness of her childhood. Even Milla Jovovich has never hidden the difficulties she experienced as a child. «When I arrived in the United States I was marginalized, the companions had nicknamed me “the fatherless daughter of the Cold War”». And even then, she said, “the immigrant Russians were my enemies.” However, the Ukrainian roots remained firm: «I speak Ukrainian with my mother Galina. And my three daughters are learning it, they will raise polyglots like me».
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MODELS AND ACTRESSES – Olga Kurylenko, the Bond Girl of Quantum of Solace, was born and raised in Berdiansk, on the Black Sea, in 1979, at the time of the USSR. “We were poor, we lived with uncles, cousins and relatives in the same house. It happened that there was very little to eat », she said. At 16 she moved to Paris to be a model. She now prays for her native country and for the life of her compatriots, she writes on Instagram. As well as Vera Farmiga, nominated for an Oscar for the film Between the clouds with George Clooney, daughter of Ukrainians, perfectly bilingual, who posted the words of the country’s national anthem: «The glory and freedom of Ukraine is not yet dead, fate will smile upon us, our enemies will perish like dew in the sun ».
Sylvester Stallone, 70 years old surrounded by (his and beautiful) women – look
THERE’S ALSO STALLONE – Less known is the “Ukrainianity” of Sylvester Stallone, due to his maternal grandfather, born in Odessa. The actor shared a photo of a soldier showing off a puppy called Rambo. Rosanna Arquette also has grandparents originally from Kiev and is active on Twitter: Zelensky and the Ukrainian flag are hers her photo of her her profile, she constantly updates her followers on the situation and shares the hashtag #Putin war criminal. Of Ukrainian origin are Steven Spielberg, who in 2006 produced a documentary on the extermination of Ukrainian Jews by the Nazis, and Dustin Hoffman, who denounced the persecution of Jews by the Soviet police, but the director and actor do not they are still pronounced on the war.