Margarita Levieva, American actress
Margarita Levieva is an American actress from the USSR. She starred in the films “The Invisible”, “Adventureland” and “Spread”. She is also a star of the TV series “Revenge”.
Margarita (or Rita) was born on February 9, 1980 in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation).
Margarita was engaged in rhythmic gymnastics at the age of three. She was even included in the Russian Olympic team.
When the girl was 10 years old her mother and father divorced. The following year Margarita, her twin brother and mother emigrated to the United States. They settled in Brooklyn, New York, near Sheepshead Bay, home to many emigrants from the former USSR. Levieva had to quit her professional sports career.
“I was 11 years old, I was the master of sports… In America I began to participate in competitions. At the first competition in Princeton, I won the first place. Later the girl, who was the second, went to the Olympics to represent the U.S. Despite the fact I was a champion I couldn’t get into the team, because I didn’t have U.S. citizenship. And I didn’t want to return to Russia. So my Olympic dream was not feasible… ”
Levieva studied economics at New York University and to pay for the education she worked as a fashion buyer for Assets London.
Then Margarita entered William Esper Studio.
In 2005, she appeared in the television series “Law & Order: Trial by Jury”. In the same year, Margarita was included in the list of 50 Most Beautiful People in New York by New York Magazine.
In 2006, she played a major role in the TV series “Vanished”, in 2007 in the film “Invisible” and “Noise” starring Tim Robbins, Bridget Moynahan and William Hurt.
In 2009, Margarita played in the film “Adventureland”, starred in the TV series “Kings”, in the drama “Spread” with Ashton Kutcher and moreover, performed in two plays “The Retributionists” by Daniel Goldfarb (“Playwrights Horizons” theater, New York) and “Impressionism” by Michael Jacobs (“Gerald Schoenfeld Theater”, New York).
She starred in HBO’s comedy-drama series “How to Make it in America”. In 2011 she appeared in the thriller film “The Lincoln Lawyer” with Matthew McConaughey.
She also starred in “The Stand Up”, “Knights of Badassdom”, “For Ellen” and “Loft”.
From 2011 to 2012 Levieva played a role of Amanda Clark in the television series “Revenge”.
Her official site: www.margarita-levieva.com