The stunning movie star, Anastasia Baranova, has become one of the most popular Russian-American actresses currently making waves in the American entertainment industry. The actress has garnered wide popularity through her excellent and jaw-dropping performances in movies and television shows. With a career spanning most of her life, the veteran actress has been famous since she was a child.
Anastasia Baranova was only thirteen years old when she began acting. Before then, she worked as a child model. She kicked off her acting career back in 2002 with a minor role in Lizzie McGuire and landed her breakout role in the same year. Despite finding fame at a young age, Anastasia managed to build a career without compromising her education.
The actress has a Bachelor’s degree from Chapman University and also trained at The Acting Corps Academy, Los Angeles. Learn more about the charming Anastasia Baranova below.
How Anastasia Baranova Turned From Modeling To Acting
Anastasia Baranova is a Russian-born American model and actress, notable for her role as Addison in the Syfy horror action-comedy series Z Nation. Some of her other outstanding projects include Scout’s Safari – her breakout role – and the 2007 horror film Rise: Blood Hunter.
When it comes to acting, Anastasia is very creative, and she has won the heart of her fans with her charming smile and commendable acting style. Although she is yet to bag any awards, the actress has become one of the prolific figures in the Hollywood industry.
The Russian-American actress was born as Anastasia Baranova on 23rd April 1989 in Moscow, Russia. At the time of her birth, Russia was still a part of the Soviet Union. Anastasia developed an interest in showbiz from a very young age and when she was about five years old, she started making appearances in adverts and commercials for notable brands in Russia.
At the age of nine, Anastasia’s family migrated to the United States, where she learned to speak English and nurtured her modeling career. On arrival to the US, her family settled in Minnesota, and two years later, they moved to California. The move to California was undoubtedly beneficial to the actress as her acting career began two years after.
Since it isn’t her first language, Anastasia enrolled in English language classes while she was in Minnesota, focusing on singing and speech. However, she had to teach herself a lot too, and this helped her master the language in no time. Today, the actress boasts of speaking both Russian and English fluently.
After high school, Anastasia Baranova obtained a bachelor’s degree from Chapman University. And despite being a natural at her craft, she enrolled at The Acting Corps Academy, Los Angeles, for further acting training after her graduation. She has lived in Los Angeles ever since.
Her Professional Career And Rise To Prominence
Baranova kicked off her acting career in 2002 when she made her first TV appearance while playing the role of Cara Gunther in Disney’s Lizzie McGuire. Later in the same year, she portrayed Jennifer Lauer in the NBC series Scout’s Safari until 2004. Her outstanding performance in the series fetched her several roles subsequently, both in film and series. She featured as an Exchange Student in Joan of Arcadia in 2004 and also appeared in Veronica Mars. Baranova followed it up with appearances on other shows including Drake & Josh, 7th Heaven, Malcolm in the Middle, Sons of Anarchy, Svetlana, and 90210, among others.
The stunning actress took her career to the big screen in 2007 while appearing as a Teen Girl in the supernatural thriller Rise: Blood Hunter alongside Lucy Liu and Michael Chiklis. After that, she co-starred with Erin Bodine and Elizabeth Sandy in the 2011 comedy film Apocalypse, CA.
Three years later, she played the younger version of Emma in Peter Hewitt’s 2014 comedy film Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? After that, Anastasia joined the cast of the 2014 Syfy horror series Z Nation, where she portrayed one of the lead characters, Addison Carver, until 2018.
Though she started as a model, acting has always been Anastasia Baranova’s passion. She listed her influences as movies she saw when she was young, the likes of Pretty Woman, and The Bodyguard. Specifically, her childhood dream was to be as famous as singer Whitney Houston, but as an actress.
She may not be as famous as Whitney Houston yet, but she has plenty of time to try. With her talent and current trajectory, she sure can get pretty close.
Complete List Of Anastasia Baranova’s TV Shows
- Lizzie McGuire as Cara Gunther – 2002
- Scout’s Safari as Jennifer “Scout” Lauer – 2002–04
- Joan of Arcadia as Exchange Student – 2004
- Veronica Mars as Lizzie Manning – 2004–05
- Drake & Josh as Yooka – 2005
- 7th Heaven as Lizzie Wheeler – 2005
- Malcolm in the Middle as Sonja – 2005
- Svetlana as Nastya – 2010
- 90210 as Reece Turner – 2012
- Sons of Anarchy as Escort – 2013
- Z Nation as Addison “Addy” Carver – 2014–2018
- Rise: Blood Hunter as Teen girl – 2007
- Apocalypse, CA as Giant interviewee 2 – 2011
- Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? as Young Emma – 2014
- Welcome to Willits as Courtney – 2016
Anastasia Baranova’s Love Life Is Shrouded In Mystery
Anastasia Baranova has gained a fair amount of popularity through her acting career, and she is no longer the little girl who played Jennifer Lauer in Scout’s Safari. Since she is old enough to be married, fans have wondered what her plan is. Especially since she came out in 2016 as a bisexual woman.
However, Anastasia Baranova is among those celebrities who are not vocal about their love life. Notwithstanding, this hasn’t always been the case. She was rumored to be in a relationship with Everybody loves Chris’s Tyler James Williams in early 2017. A rumor which gained traction when she posted a cute picture of them together on her Instagram page with the caption ‘living the life’. Unfortunately, the picture has since been taken down, and that relationship seems to have ended. While Anastasia has fallen in love a couple of times on screen, her real love life is unclear. Asides Tyler, she was also rumored to be in a relationship with her Z Nation co-star Nat Zang around November 2019.
Neither Baranova nor Zang has come out to admit or deny the rumor, so we cannot say if it is true. For now, Anastasia Baranova is not married. While her relationship status may be unclear, but her heart is undoubtedly entangled.
Anastasia is quite an active social media user, and though she doesn’t discuss her love interests often, one of them stands out; the actress is absolutely in love with her dog, and a glance through her Instagram page shows how proud she is to show her pooch off.