Beautiful, brainy and talented. Those are the key things that come to mind when Viva Bianca is mentioned. She is an actress of Australian origin who became popular with her role as Ilithyia in the TV Series Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Spartacus: Vengeance. Viva has since moved to other promising aspects of her career. She is now a filmmaker, writer and a vocal feminist activist. She co-owns an online feminist magazine- SheRa Mag with her childhood friend which targets and celebrates the average woman.
Who is Viva Bianca?
She was born Viva Skubiszewski in Australia on the 17th of November 1983. Her parents are Cezary and Lee Skubiszewski. Her father is an accomplished and talented orchestra, film and television composer. She grew up in the countryside – Victoria in Australia, before her whole family relocated to the city of Melbourne due to father’s career.
While her brother – Jan Skubiszewski also towed the path of his father, Viva knew quite early that she wanted to be an actress. Growing up, she was greatly influenced by Australian actors – Heath Ledger and Cate Blanchett. To enhance her acting skills she studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and won the award as the best actress while graduating.
She has appeared in several Australian TV series and films. Some of them include Eugenie Sandler P.I. (2000) which was her debut role as Adriana. She went ahead to feature in Marshall Law (2002) as Tiffany, Blue Heelers (2003), All Saints (2006), The Strip (2008) and Just Add Magic (2016).
Viva Bianca became popular when she featured as Ilithyia (the wealthy, devious and highly manipulative daughter of senator Albinius and wife of Glaber) in the first 2 seasons of Spartacus.
She has appeared in films and TV movies like Accidents Happen (2009), Bad Bush (2009), X: Night of Vengeance (2011), Turkey Shoot (2014), The Reckoning (2014), A Prince for Christmas (2015), Showing Roots (2016), Blind (2017), Can’t Have You (2018), Minutes to Midnight (2018).
Things You Need To Know About Her
1. Husband and Children
Despite the dearth of information about her personal life, Viva is actually a married woman. She married her long-time boyfriend – Antonio Beliveau – in 2016 in a private ceremony. Antonio is a part of a rock band – The Crash Kings. The couple has a daughter- Vienna Rose and they live in Los Angeles.
2. Feminist Endeavours
Viva has been very vocal about her passion for women issues. She has worked with various non-profit organizations and spoken at several UN Women conferences. She has worked tirelessly especially in her field to highlight and bring to public focus several women issues. She recently did a film “MilkShake Girls” that brings to the fore the epidemic of sex trafficking in the United States.
In 2014, Viva and her childhood friend – Victoria Khroundina created a blog – SheRa Mag. It is a pop culture and all “things girly” online platform that represents the many shades of female experience especially with their perceived misrepresentations of women in the media.
3. Food, Exercise, and Beauty Routine
Viva Bianca once revealed in an interview that her greatest weakness is food. She has a particular bias for brown rice and bread. She balances it by eating loads of vegetables, fish, and tofu. Some of her favorites foods are yogurt, broccolini, rice milk, strawberries, pumpkin, carrots, and bok-choy.
One wonders how she has been able to maintain her body with her weakness. She has revealed that she also does lots of exercises and loves Yoga which helps with strength, flexibility, and endurance. She believes it is also a way to keep in touch with one’s quiet space inside which is important especially for women. The Aussie actress believes the best way to stay beautiful is to stay dehydrated on the outside and inside. She uses skin products that are free of oil and stays hydrated.
4. Her Role in Spartacus
Viva admits that she has always been embarrassed about her role as Ilithyia in the Spartacus series. She thinks the character is unbearably evil, dangerous and outrageous. While she enjoyed playing the role, it was a very complex character which she grew more scared of as the show progressed.
5. Physical Attributes
One of the reasons Viva became popular in her breakout role was her luscious body. She is a blonde beauty with grey eyes and weighs around 52kg (114lb). She has a body measurement of 34-26-32 inches for her bust-waist-hip respectively and is 5 feet 9 inches tall.
6. Net Worth
Viva Bianca has appeared in a series of Australian series and some movies. She is also a writer and producer. Her net worth has been estimated at $2 million.