9 world celebrities with Polish roots
1. Paul Wesley
Paul Wesley (current name: Paul Washilewski / Paul Wasilewski, born July 23, 1982, New Jersey, USA) is a Hollywood actor best known for his role as vampire Stefan Salvatore in the series The Vampire Diaries. Paul’s parents – Thomas and Agnieszka Washilewski – are indigenous Poles who emigrated to the United States. It is noteworthy that Paul knows Polish very well, and until the age of 16 spent four months a year in Poland.
2. Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Corin Ambrosio (born April 11, 1981, Ereshin, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) is a Brazilian supermodel and the face of the world famous lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret. Few people know that Alessandra’s mother is Polish by nationality, and Alessandra herself emphasizes that she is half Polish, half Italian (by father). Ambrosio managed to become not only one of the most successful “angels” of Victoria’s Secret, but also the face of brands such as Armani Exchange, Christian Dior and Ralph Lauren. Another interesting fact: Alessandra is the longest legged model of South America.
3. Jared Padalecki
Jared Padalecki (real name Jared Padalecki, born July 19, 1982, San Antonio, Texas, USA) is an American actor, half Polish by father. His paternal grandfather and grandmother moved to the United States from Poland in the middle of the last century. He gained worldwide popularity in the roles in the television series “Gilmore Girls” and “Supernatural.”
4. Mia Vasikovska
Mia Vasikovska (real name Mia Vashikovska, born October 14, 1989, Canberra, Australia) is an Australian actress. She gained international fame after the release of the film “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), where she played the main role – a strange girl named Alice Kingsley. The name of the actress in English-speaking countries is usually pronounced as “Vasikovska”, although Mia herself prefers to call herself “Vashikovska”, because the actress’s mother is Polish. Moreover, Mia considers herself to be Polish, because she took the name of her mother.
5. Emily Ratakovsky
Emily Ratakovsky (born June 7, 1991, London, UK) is an American model and actress. Born in the Westminster district of London, but currently lives and builds a career in California. Her father is Polish by birth, and her mother is English. The first notable role in the movie was the work in the detective psychological thriller “Disappeared” by cult director David Fincher, where she starred with such stars as Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.
Anya Rubik (born June 12, 1985, Rzeszow, Poland) is a Polish top model. When Ana was six, her family moved to Greece. Later they moved to Canada, France, Umtatu (South Africa). In 1992, when the Berlin Wall fell, Anya returned with her parents to her homeland, but after the start of her dizzying career, she moved to one of the capitals of world fashion – New York. The Paris gloss Vogue puts Rubik in the ranking of thirty top models of 2000. As of May 2012, the girl already occupies a bronze place in the ranking of the most popular models. In 2009-2011, Anya was also honored to take part in the Victoria’s Secret shows.
7. Isabella Miko
Isabella Miko (real name Isabella Mikołajczak / Izabella Anna Mikołajczak, born January 21, 1981, Lodz, Poland) is a Polish actress, model, singer and producer. Isabella studied at the State Ballet School in Warsaw, but, having not finished it, at the age of 15 she moved with her mother to New York at the invitation of the American choreographer. Isabella had to abandon the career of a ballerina because of an injury, however, without becoming a ballerina, she became an actress and got a role in the 2000 Hollywood movie “The Ugly Coyote Bar”. In 2001, Miko also won the lead role in the movie Vampire Night. According to Maxim magazine, Miko took 48th place in the 2001 Hot 100 Women Of the Year top list.
8. Yvonne Strahovski
Yvonne Strahovski (real name Yvonne Jacqueline Strzeowski / born July 30, 1982, Maruba, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian actress. Her parents moved to Sydney from Tomaszow Mazowiecki. Yvonne is known for her role as Hannah Mackay in the television series Dexter, as well as Sarah Walker in the television series Chuck. In addition, she starred in some Australian and American films, as well as voiced and animated one of the main characters of Mass Effect 2 – Miranda Lawson.
9. Constance Jablonski
Constance Jablonski (born October 29, 1990, Lille, France) is a French model of Polish descent. She became famous for setting a fashionable world record in 2009, having completed 72 shows in 1 month. In 2006, she entered the semifinals of the Elite Model Look competition. In 2010, participated in the shows of Victoria’s Secret. On the website models.com takes 8th place in the Top 50 models.