Jenya took an acting class at the Shakespearean acting school Theatricum Botanicum run by Will Grier. One of her classmates was Renee O'Connor, who worked with her on the show Xena Warrior Princess. Renee didn't recognize her in her regular clothes at first, but she said of Jenya, "She's really lovely and has great presence. She's very simple, doesn't try to push too hard in her work. She's finding Shakespeare difficult because it's her third language."