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ANNIVERSAY ISSUE 0717 ver2A

VIKTORIA KHARCHENKO A

VIKTORIA KHARCHENKO A FLIGHT TO REMEMBER 24

PROFILE Sometimes, Saying a Prayer Can Make An Acting Career Soar Victoria was born in the Russian city of Rostov-on- Don and was the younger of two girls. Early in her childhood she begged her parents to buy her a piano and when that dream came true, she enrolled in the local music school. Music became her first big passion in life. Later, her mom moved to a new home in Moscow. As she was growing up, she began to get modeling and acting work. After high school, she was enrolled at Moscow University where she studied journalism and broadcasting. During her work on the Russian TV station, she flew to Los Angeles and totally fell in love with California. She later relocated there to pursue a career in the performing arts. Viktoria recalls, “Most of my acting jobs were in commercials for Bank of America, Samsung and Microsoft. When I received a call to have a part in the feature film, Sully, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Hollywood legend, Clint Eastwood, I couldn’t wait to be on the set. I was cast as one of the passengers on the fateful flight. It was not a speaking part. One day, Director Clint Eastwood approached me and asked if I could speak Russian. “Yes,” I said. And, before I could even blink, they added a special scene where I was filmed reciting a Russian prayer in my native language. It was probably one of the most difficult roles I’ve ever done in my whole acting life. We were in cold water inside of the plane most of the time. But, the excitement from working with such a legend and the story of that flight itself was definitely worth it. The atmosphere on the set was amazing as everyone was great! She went on to say, “This opportunity was made easier for me because of the kindness and professional manor of the film’s First Assistant Director, David Bernstein, who worked on my scene. It would be great to work with this amazing crew again someday. IN ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE 25