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Varvara Alexandrovna Paley
April 29, 1982
Nizhny Tagil, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Paly was born in Nizhny Tagil, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, to Olga (née Drob) and Alexander Paley. She was passionate about music in her childhood, playing the piano from age four. Her family immigrated to Israel when she was seven, and she was raised in Tel Aviv. Her grandfathers served in the Red Army during WWII. In her school days, her interest in acting led her to enroll at the Aleph High School of Arts Tel Aviv-Yafo, where she performed in a number of productions by William Shakespeare and Bertolt Brecht, such as the play Antigone.
Paly began a career in modeling at the age of 17. She has appeared as a cover girl in several magazines, including Maxim, Rolling Stone and GQ. In 2003, she began her career as an actress appearing in a variety of roles for television and appeared in the Israeli mockumentary Zehirut Matzlema. Paly has appeared in TV's How I Met Your Mother, The Starter Wife, and the 2008 horror film The Ruins. In 2013, Paly held roles in both Roman Coppola's A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III starring Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, and Michael Bay's Pain & Gain, alongside Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. Since 2015, Paly has had a recurring role as Anastasia "Anna" Kolcheck on the American crime drama NCIS: Los Angeles. She posed for the cover of Esquire's Latin American edition in May 2014.
Paly is of Russian Jewish descent. She married Canadian director Ian Kessner in 2007. In August 2016, Paly became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
|2012||A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III||Maria-Carla|
|2013||Pain & Gain||Sorina Luminita|
|Million Dollar Arm||Lisette|
|Lost Girls||Kara||short film|
|2019||Against the Clock||Lauren De Isigney|
|2007||CSI: NY||Mia Opal||Episode: "Heart of Glass"|
|2008||The Starter Wife||Lola||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|Unhitched||Chloe||Episode: "Yorkshire Terrier Sucked Into the Internet"|
|2010||How I Met Your Mother||Natalia||Episode: "Rabbit or Duck"|
|2012||Underemployed||Tatiana||Recurring role, 2 episodes|
|Game Shop||Faux-Nerd||Episode: "Faux Nerd Girl"|
|2015||Parental Indiscretion||Taylor||Episode: "Bad Blood Test"|
|2015–present||NCIS: Los Angeles||Anastasia "Anna" Kolcheck||Recurring role (season 6–present), 20 episodes|
|2016||Jean-Claude Van Johnson||Krisztina||Episode: Pilot|
|Training Day||Natalia Vostok||Episode #1.1|
|2017||Bosch||Leni||Episode: "The Four Last Things"|
|2017–2018||DC's Legends of Tomorrow||Helen of Troy||Episode: "Helen Hunt", "The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly"|
|2018||iZombie||Amanda Lewis||Episode: "Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Brain"|
|2011||L.A. Noire||Marguerite Cansito|
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