If you have watched much commercial TV you’ve seen Lilly on AT&T commercials. But her name is not Lilly, but Milana Vayntrub. She was born in Tashkent, which is now known as Uzbekistan, the Soviet Socialist Republic. She and her Jewish parents came to the United States as refugees after fleeing due to religious persecution.
She was very young when she came to the United States, and shortly after arriving, she started acting. She was just two-years-old when she landed an appearance in Barbie commercials. She had some small roles in shows like ER, Days of Our Lives, and Lizzie McGuire.
She eventually caught the eye of AT&T, which called her in for a single AT&T commercial, which was a huge hit. It gained so much attention that she was called back over and over again, over time appearing in 40 commercials.
AT&T’s Vice President of Marketing, Valerie Vargas, spoke with Ad Week magazine about Milana, and she said, “The first spot was so successful for us that we thought, let’s do another one, and then another one, and then another one.”
And, FYI, Lilly does have a last name — Adams.