Current Age: 24 years old
Sofia Vassilieva Biography
In addition to bearing a striking resemblance to the precocious and lovable six-year-old character, American born Sofia is also as cosmopolitan as one can be: she speaks Russian and French fluently, and travels the world. By the age of six, Sofia had resided in four states and traveled in half of the United States, including Hawaii. And last, but not least, she has followed Eloise's adventures as she's visited Paris, Moscow, Rome, Vienna, Toronto and even Siberia.
It also seemed a rather destined event that Sofia's tenth birthday, October 22, fell on the same day of the nationwide release of he long awaited bok of her on-screen alter ego's latest adventure, "Eloise Takes a Bawth."
When Sofia was three years old, her parents encouraged her to pursue studies in ballet and later in piano and singing. She has danced in the theatrical productions of "Celtic Dances" at the Creative Dance School of Tucson, "Alice in Wonderland," "The Nutcracker" and "Pinocchio," at the Eugene School of Ballet, Oregon.
Sofia's acting talent was discovered at the International Modeling and Talent Association in New York, where she won the title of child actress and first runner-up child model of the year 2000. A year later she guest-starred in the series "The Agency." She also played the role of Cindy Brady in the TV movie "The Brady Bunch in the White House," opposite Shelley Long, and appeared in the feature film "Inhabited," opposite Malcolm McDowell. Currently Sofia stars as Ariel Dubois in NBC's hit tv series Medium.
She is a presenter of Family Feature Film on 19th Genesis Award 2005, which was broadcast on "Animal planet" on May 14 & 15, 2005.
She was nominated for a Syfyportal Genre Award as best young actor/actress for her role in Medium.
Discovered at the IMTA in New York, where she won the title of Child Actress and first runner-up Child Model Of The Year 2000.
Is a vegetarian
Started learning French at the age of 3, sign language at 10, reading Russian at 3
Started taking ballet at 3, gymnastics at 5, played piano at 7, and ride horses at 10.
At the age of 13 her favorite movie is In Love and War (1996)
At the age of 13 her favorite actress - Julie Andrews
At the age of 13 her favorite singer - Shakira
Her mother has Ph.D. degree in Evolutionary Genetics
Her father holds Ph.D. in Cosmic Ray Physics.
Beat out Dakota Fanning to the Eloise role in the two Eloise movies.
Disney offered a holding deal in 2003, but her parents declined it.
Sofia's Maltese Mefodi appears as the dog in the hands of a Plaza girl during the " Eloise at Christmastime".
Sofia's other talents include gymnastics, in which, in a few months of training, she reached the silver level in the American Talent Opportunity program for gifted children. She also adores ice skating, swimming, diving, roller skating, biking and just playing outside with her friends.
Sofia now lives in Santa Monica, California. The family moved to Los Angeles because her father was offered the position of Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA. Meawhile currently her mother is staying home with her and tutors her in school work. Sofia has a black cat and a white dog, Maltese.