- Volodymyr Zelenskyy was a legitimate romantic comedy star and made many films in the genre
- He played the role of a teacher turned Ukrainian president in the comedy Servant of the People
- Zelenskyy is also a writer in some of his films. He co-directed a film in 2018
The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine is escalating hour by hour. The West has completely opposed Russian President Vladimir Putin and is trying to corner him by imposing sanctions. Meanwhile, all the limelight suddenly fell on Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine. In the face of invasion and all-out war, Zelenskyy not only refused safe passage out of the country, but took up arms to defend his nation.
Zelenskyy took over the president’s office in 2019. Prior to that, he had an acting and entertainment career. Amid the ongoing conflict, curiosity about Zelenskyy’s life seems to be growing. Here we take a look at his acting career before he made the political leap.
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servant of the people
It was first created in 2015 and lasted until 2019. In this show, Zelenskyy plays the role of the President of Ukraine. The creators released the show on YouTube for free with English subtitles. One of the scriptwriters of this comedy is Zelensky’s wife, Olena Zelenska.
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Dancing with the stars
In 2006, Zelenskyy not only took part in the Ukrainian version of the reality show Dancing with The Stars, but also won it. This information surfaced during the war with Russia, leaving people extremely surprised.
Zelenskyy is a former romantic comedy star
No Love in the City (2009), No Love in the City 2 (2010), 8 First Dates (2012) and Love in Vegas (2012) are some of the romantic comedies in which the current Ukrainian president has already starred.
He starred in the remake of a Russian film
Office novel. Our Time (2011) is one of the films starring Zelenskyy, which is the remake of the 1977 Soviet film Office Romance. This romantic comedy was also co-written by Zelenskyy.
Zelenskyy as Napoleon
Zelenskyy played the role of Napoleon in Rzhevsky Versus Napoleon (2012). This movie also has a cameo role from the popular Jean-Claude Van Damme, who apparently didn’t charge a fee for the role.
Zelenskyy made his directorial debut with Me. You. He. She. in 2018, which he co-directed with David Dodson. Zelenskyy also stars in the film as a man who has to live with the woman he is divorcing.
Based on this filmography, it’s safe to say that Zelenskyy had a decent career in movies before becoming president.