Isidora Goreshter is an American actor who is best known for her performance as ‘Svetlana’ in the TV series ‘Shameless.’ Her family had migrated to the US from the former Soviet Union. She was the first one in her family to be born in the US. She began her acting career at an early age. She had started performing on stage when she was only 3 years old. She studied acting and also managed to earn university degrees in theater and art history. Growing up, Goreshter was a gymnast who competed and won medals at state-level gymnastic competitions. She is also a trained ballet dancer. She ventured into acting with some prestigious theater productions, which included ‘Broadway’ plays. She has worked in films such as ‘Paranoia’ and on TV shows as ‘Two Broke Girls.’ ‘Shameless’ was one of her longest stints on TV, and ‘Svetlana’ has been her most widely recognized character. She also goes by the name of “Isidora Gray.”
Goreshter honed her acting skills at the 'Stella Adler Acting Conservatory.’ She recalls her time at the conservatory as one of the greatest learning experiences of her life. She believes though her acting technique has evolved since then, her knowledge in theater and its history that she gained there is insurmountable. During her theater days, she worked in productions such as ‘Beirut,’ ‘The Smell of the Kill,’ ‘Waiting for Lefty,’ ‘Laundry and Bourbon,’ and ‘Waiting for Godot.’
Goreshter did several short films, TV movies, and student films before earning her first TV series, ‘Two Broke Girls,’ in 2012. The same year, she appeared in the series ‘Ben and Kate.’ She also worked as an assistant director for the short film ‘Monroe and Mr. Wolf’ (2013).
She earned her first major film role in the 2013 thriller ‘Paranoia.’ The film had an impressive line-up of actors, including Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth. In spite of this, the film did not do well at the box office.
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Rise to Stardom
Goreshter was teaching a masterclass at the 'Anthony Meindl Studio' when she got a call to audition for a part in the third season of the TV series ‘Shameless.’ The brief mentioned that she had to play the part of a Russian prostitute. The role required full nudity and would possibly be recurring. She decided to take the risk and went to the audition, wearing a jeans and a T-shirt. At the audition, she found a roomful of hopeful actors waiting for their turn, dressed up as “Hollywood hookers.”During the audition, she was asked to pretend to massage a chair. She felt it was the worst audition of her life and was later shocked to know that she had won the part. She was made a series regular in 2016. She quit the show in 2018, after appearing in six seasons. Her character, Svetlana, became hugely popular.
Since 2018, she has appeared in films such as ‘Clara’s Ghost’ and ‘Happy Anniversary.’ She had a lead role in the film ‘The Petal Pushers.’ She will be seen in the upcoming film ‘The Five Rules of Success.’
She continues teaching and mentoring young actors at the 'Anthony Meindl Studio.’
Family & Personal Life
Isidora Goreshter was born on October 24, 1981, in Long Beach, California, to Emil D. Goreshter and Dina Fraiman. She was named after her maternal grandfather, Izzy, who had passed away just before her parents moved to America. Her parents had moved to the US from the Soviet Union just before the fall of communism, with practically nothing. They learnt the language of their new country, got jobs, and worked incredibly hard to raise their family of two children: Goreshter and her older brother, Eugene. Goreshter’s mother was a musician. Her father had taught himself computer programming and had become a manager at one of the top computer programming firms in California.
Watching her parents make a life for themselves in a new country inspired Goreshter, and she excelled in whatever she pursued. One of the lesser known stories about her is that she was so good at gymnastics that once, on a vacation in Mexico with her parents, she got recruited by a local circus for the time she was there.
Goreshter has kept her personal life tightly under wraps. She has not revealed the name of her husband or those of her former boyfriends. It is, however, known that she is married and has a son.
Goreshter has a huge, global fan following on ‘Instagram’ and ‘Twitter.’