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Larisa Romanovna Oleynik is an American actress who became a teen idol in the 1990s. During her period as a teen idol, she was described as "one of America's favorite 15-year-olds", and "the proverbial girl next door". She plays Dawn Schafer in the 1995 film.

Early Life[]

Larisa Romanovna Oleynik was born on June 7, 1981 (age 38 years), in Santa Clara, CA to Lorraine (née Allen), a former nurse, and anesthesiologist Roman Oleynik (1936–2003). Her father was of Ukrainian ancestry, and she was raised in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Oleynik was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from the Pinewood School in Los Altos, California, in 1999. As her acting career flourished, she would "divide her time between normal childhood experiences in Northern California and auditions in Los Angeles."

After the success in her role as Alex Mack, Oleynik decided to attend college, enrolling at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, which she later described as "the best decision I’ve made".

TV Shows and Movies[]

She started her acting career when she was only a child (age 8) on the national touring production on,  Les Misérables. She started TV filming in 1994 on the Nickelodeon sci-fi series, The Secret World of Alex Mack.

She started doing movies with her role of Dawn Schafer in the 1995 film.

List of Movies[]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1994 The Swan Princess Pre-teen Odette Voice role [1]
1995 The Baby-Sitters Club Dawn Schafer [30]
1998 The Swan Princess: Sing Along Pre-teen Odette Voice role; short film [31]
1999 10 Things I Hate About You Bianca Stratford [30]
2000 100 Girls Wendy [30]
2001 An American Rhapsody Maria Sandor (age 18) [30]
2002 A Time for Dancing Jules Michaels [32]
2002 Speciale Casting Jules Michaels Archived; uncredited
2003 Bringing Rain Ori Swords [21]
2006 Pope Dreams Maggie Venable [32]
2007 Relative Obscurity Claire [33]
2008 Broken Windows Sara [32]
2009 Together Again for the First Time Brenda Direct-to-video [32]
2009 I Have It Emily Short film
2010 Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure Icy Voice; English dub
2012 Born Yesterday Elyse Short film [34]
2012 Atlas Shrugged: Part II Cherryl Brooks [32]
2013 OJ: The Musical Regina [35]
2014 BFFs Chloe [36]
2013 The Mamet Women Polly Short film [37]
2014 Jessabelle Sam [32]
2014 Horrible Parents Jill Short film
2017 Wandering Off Amanda [32]
2018 Accommodations Natalie [38]
2019 Animal Among Us Anita Bishop Completed [39]
2019 Auggie Hillary

List of TV Shows[]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Susie Episode: "Heroes"
River of Rage: The Taking of Maggie Keene Gail Keene TV Movie
1994–1998 The Secret World of Alex Mack Alex Mack / Barbara Mack Lead role (78 episodes); played Barbara Mack in the episode "The Switch"
1995 All That Alex Sax Episode: "Larisa Oleynik/Da Brat"; sketch: "The Secret World of Alex Sax"
1996 The Adventures of Pete & Pete Nurse Episode: "Dance Fever"
1996–1998 Boy Meets World Dana Pruitt 3 episodes
1997 The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo Gator World Employee Episode: "The Alligator Mystery"; uncredited
1998–2000 3rd Rock from the Sun Alissa Strudwick Recurring role (21 episodes)
2005 Malcolm in the Middle Abby Episode: "Army Buddy"
2006 Katie Sullivan Katie Sullivan Lead Role; Pilot
Pepper Dennis Brianna 2 episodes
2008 Aliens in America Zoe Episode: "Community Theater"
2009 Without a Trace Liza Miller Episode: "Voir Dire"
Psych Willow Gimbley Episode: "Let's Get Hairy"
2009 Psych Shawn Spencers Gal
2010 Backyard Wedding Renee TV Movie
2010–2015 Mad Men Cynthia Cosgrove Recurring role (5 episodes)
2011–2012 Winx Club: Enchantix Icy / Various Voice role (28 episodes)
2011–2014 Hawaii Five-0 Jenna Kaye Recurring role (7 episodes)
2012 Mike & Molly Allison Episode: "The Dress"
Fairly Legal Officer Glacki Episode: "What They Seem"
2012–2013 Winx Club: Beyond Believix Icy / Various Voice role (24 episodes)
2012–2014 Pretty Little Liars Maggie Cutler Recurring role (7 episodes)
Winx Club Icy / Various Voice role (52 episodes)
2013 Remember Sunday Lauren TV Movie
Ghost Ghirls Megan Episode: "Will You Scary Me?"
American Dad! Super hot girl Voice role; episode: "Steve and Snot's Test-Tubular Adventure"
2014 Robot Chicken Alex Mack / Cheetara / Classmate Voice role; episode: "Rebel Appliance"
Stolen from the Womb Diane King TV Movie
Extant Phillips Episode: "Ascension"
The Michaels Katherine Bixby TV Movie
2015 Wish Upon a Christmas Amelia
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lizzie Bauer Episode: "Assaulting Reality"
2018–2019 Half Life Patty Lead role (4 episodes)
2019 Trinkets Shawn Recurring role (2 episodes)

Stage credits[]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1989–1991 Les Misérables Young Cosette / Young Eponine Second national touring production [14]
2014 Be a Good Little Widow Melody NoHo Arts Center
2016 I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti Giulia Hangar Theatre [28]
2017–2018 Baghdaddy Berry St. Luke's Theatre [40]