Ksenia made her theatre debut at age five, and at age 10, she landed her first guest-starring role on the popular kids' Canadian series, I Was A Sixth Grade Alien, playing alien princess Xhanthippe alongside Michael Cera. Since then, Ksenia has starred in numerous films and television shows,…more
Ksenia was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series for "Lost Girl - The Girl Who Fae'd With Fire/Truth and Consequences" in the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards.
Ksenia, at the age of 18, became the only person to have won successive Gemini awards for 'Best Performance In A Youth Television Series' in 2005 and 2006.
Ksenia began her acting career in the theater at the age of 5 and progressed to film roles by 10 years of age.
Ksenia originally aspired to be a ballerina, as was her mother, however due to a back injury at age 14, she was forced to discontinue dancing.
Ksenia was considered by Nylon Magazine's Young Hollywood Issue (May 2010) as one of the 55 faces of the future.
Ksenia: (On the most challenging aspect of acting) One of the most challenging things I find is the environment that we often have to film in. It's an interesting thing when you've been working for over twelve hours in below-zero temperatures and you're wearing a miniskirt, and you have to hold yourself up underneath a car as it's moving, and then you have to get on the ground and roll on the ground and there's snow and the whole crew is in parkas and masks, you can't even see anyone's face because it's so cold. We have to just pretend it's not that cold and everything's okay. And if your lip is quivering you got to make sure that no one can see that. So I would say in my experience of Lost Girl that's definitely something that I have to overcome and brave the harsh conditions we are sometimes faced with.
Ksenia: (On being inspired by other actresses) I am really inspired by and love actresses who are naturally funny. Also actreses who have the ability to be equally dramatic and funny. As examples, in my head people that stand out are people like Cameron Diaz, or more recently someone like Sofia Vergara and Zooey Deschanel, these women who are hysterically funny but you believe them and it just seems to come so naturally. So that's just something that I really try to keep in mind and that's something that inspires me.
Ksenia: (On what she has learned about herself from being in the comedic role of Kenzi on Lost Girl) Ironically, through discovering who Kenzi is, I think I've learned in my own life that I can be pretty funny. And I don't think I ever knew that about myself. So the moment that kind of clicked in, I would say towards the end of season one, it was kind of like a cool thing to realize. I thought, "You know what? This ain't so bad." If I can pull off being funny in my own life too, if Kenzi's given me that, then that's great, and I'm so thankful for that becuase now maybe I'll try to be as fun as her in my own life.
Ksenia: (On her similarities with the Kenzi character on Lost Girl) I think one thing that Kenzi and I definitely both agree on is fashion. I'm a huge, huge, huge fashionista and love fashion and so does Kenzi, so that's definitely where we bond.
Ksenia: (On the type of roles she'd love to do) Oh, my god, there's so many! I really love action. I really love doing my own stunts. I would love to do more of that. I've done a lot of TV, but my heart is really in film. I really look forward to the film possibilities. I would love to dance in a movie again. I love all those creative aspects, like playing an instrument or dancing. I look forward to all that stuff, in future roles.
Ksenia: (On what she looks for in roles and projects) I think the most important thing for me is a challenge. I'm not happy, creatively, unless I'm faced with a challenge. So, overcoming those challenges and really discovering characters that aren't like me helps me grow, as a person and as an artist. I think that's the main thing. If I read something and go, 'Oh, my god, how am I ever going to do this? This scares me', then I know that I should probably do it.
Ksenia: (On bringing her Russian heritage to the character of Kenzi on Lost Girl) It's funny because I'm so used to acting in English that any time I have these moments where I have to speak Russian, it definitely takes a different part of my brain to pull it off, but it's always nice and fun.
Ksenia: (On what attracted her to the role of Kenzi on Lost Girl) for most of my career, I had always played very dramatic roles, so the fact that Kenzi was the comic relief of this show was just really attractive to me because I'd always wanted to do comedy.
Ksenia: (on her producing a movie about polio) I believe that films can be very powerful. The best ones can inspire you to do something that you maybe never had the courage to do. They can change your perspective about life, people and the world. I truly believe that film can be used as a powerful weapon to inspire many of us to make this world a better place. I hope that I will have the chance to make a film that will not only educate people about this disease and the tragic, historic events of the polio epidemic in the 1950s, but also inspire people from my generation to get involved in this fight. Whether spreading the message, donating money, or volunteering, the more of us that join this movement, the faster we can eradicate polio forever and change history.