Maria Shalaeva, Russian actress
Maria Shalaeva is a Russian actress.
Maria was born on March 15, 1981 in Tushino, Moscow. Her father worked at Baikonur. Her mother is an engineer by profession, but during perestroika she began her own business. Her grandfather was a naval engineer.
As a child, Maria was fond of playing the domra.
As a teenager Maria loved movies with Chuck Norris. She even had similar hairstyle and was nicknamed Chuck Norris. But the girl didn’t think about acting career, she wanted to be a ballerina.
From 1998 to 2000 she studied at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (RATI-GITIS).
Maria’s career started in 2002. The actress starred in over twenty films and television series, including such films as Freshman, Masha (directed by Sergei Tkachev), Rusalka, Nirvana.
The leading role in the film Rusalka (Mermaid) brought her many awards and nominations…
In 2004 the actress met film director Sergei Tkachev on the plane to Paris. He was captivated by her beauty and in a week wrote a screenplay special for her. The film was entitled Masha. This is a story about the girl who went to Paris. The shooting took place in France, including the Louvre (it is very difficult to get permission to shoot in the museum). In 2008, the film became a Russian contender for Oscar.
Maria dated operator Daniil Gurevich, until his death on the set of the film The Messenger.
Her first husband was actor Dmitry Shevchenko. They met on the set of the film Masha. Dmitry played the role of Masha’s father. But the marriage was short lived. Their son Nestor was born after the divorce.
The actress didn’t think she would marry again. But she met composer Ivan Lubennikov, fell in love and married him. They have a daughter Evdokia.
2002 – Odyssey 1989 – Cheburashka
2002 – Freshman – Kate
2003 – Fireworks – Marina Storozheeva
2003 – Boomer
2004 – Maria – Maria
2004 – Carousel – Sonia
2005 – Night seller – Danya’s girlfriend
2006 – You will not leave me – Jeanne
2006 – Cat’s Waltz – Lucy – Sandra
2008 – The Brothers Karamazov – Lisa Hohlakova
2008 – The Revenge – Polina, Nina’s daughter
2009 – Bride at any price – Karina
2012 – Dialogues
2012 – Moms (short story “Operation M)
2012 – I’ll be there
2013 – Women on the Verge – Tonya Sharkova
2014 – Possessed – Mary Timofeevna Lebyadkina
2015 – Red bracelets
2015 – Concerned – Alexander Gvozdikova
2015 – Homeland