Russian actress and ballerina Sofya Skya Arzhakovskaya has won five ballerina beauty contests, including the contest “Russian grace”. June 17, 2005, Sofya Arzhakovskaya opened the third Vienna Ball in Moscow. She was the first Russian to win 2006 Mrs. World pageant. After winning in contests, she continued her studies in the Ufa Choreographic School named after Rudolf Nureyev. To continue her studies she left Russia for the United States. She moved to Hollywood, California in 2007 to pursue a career in acting. It was abroad where Sofya Arzhakovskaya changed her name to pseudonym – Sofya Skya. In 2008, Sophia played the role of the mother in the film “Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler», directed by John Kent Harrison. Then followed adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Ligeia», and many more.
Sofya Arzhakovskaya was born August 12, 1987 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her father is a dental technician, and her grandmother Emma Shchetinina is a famous harpist and teacher, Honored Artist of Bashkortostan. Since the early age Sofya attended dance classes. At the age of nine she was enrolled in the preparatory group of Choreographic School of A. Vaganova.
Aged ten Sofya was among the girls not selected for study at the Vaganova School. To continue dance classes, Sofya went to the children’s studio Music Hall, where she received her experience on the stage in a big team and became the first. Two years later, the talented girl moved to Ufa, where she studied classical ballet in the Ballet School named after Rudolf Nureyev.
Already at 16, Sofya Arzhakovskaya worked in the corps de ballet of the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre, where she participated in productions of “Swan Lake”, “La Bayadere”, “Snow White”, “Esmeralda”, “Raymonda”.
Eighteen-year-old Sofya won the contest “Mrs. World 2006”, and in 2007 she moved to the United States. Sofya Skya took a course from a professional instructor Kelly Reiter. During these courses, she has increased her level of knowledge of the English language and completely got rid of the accent.
In 2008, Sofya Skya was the listener of professional courses on acting. Classes were held in Los Angeles, in the studio of Joan Baron. Sofya comprehended the art of improvisation in the studio of Larry Moss, and the skill of the correct sense of the scene and the camera in the studio of Lisa Mellilo. Sofya studied singing in English (Vida Simon, Los Angeles, CA, Voice & Singing). Her knowledge of the pronunciation of spoken English speech, Sophia owes to her teacher Robert Easton.
Young ballerina Sofya Skya in a short time managed to learn English and take part in the filming, held by well-known American directors. Sophya started studying acting skills with specialization in “comedy” and “drama”. On the set of films the actress performed tricks and participated in the action scenes.
In 2008, Sophya played the role of the mother in the film “Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler», directed by John Kent Harrison. The world premiere took place on 19 April 2009.
In 2008, Sophya was offered a major role in the adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Ligeia». The mystical thriller was directed by Michael Staininger and produced by Jeff Most, once known for the films “The Raven” with Brandon Lee and “Specialist” with Sylvester Stallone. Budget of the film was about $ 9 million. The world premiere took place in 2009. Sophya Skya played the main character, mysterious and sexy beauty Ligeia. Partners on the film became actors Wes Bentley and Eric Roberts. The film was released in May 2009.
In 2009, Sofya Skya began shooting in the Russian-American action film “Shadows in Paradise.” Directed by J. Stephen Maunder. Sophya appeared before the audience in the form of Lieutenant Sasha Vilanoff, the bride and assistant to the character of Mark Dacascos. The film also stars Tom Seyzmur, Armand Assante, Danny Trejo. In 2009, the actress also participated in the series “Lime color”.
In December 2010, Sophya starred in the teen comedy “Happiness Club”. The director and producer of the film Igor Kalenov. Her partners were Alexey Bardukov, Andrey Noskov, Yuri Galtsev, Anna Semenovich, Anastasia Zadorozhnaja, Alika Smekhova. Shooting this film brought Sophya popularity and opened the way to the world of Russian cinema.
In 2012, was released the movie “White Swan» (Assassins Run), directed by Peter Crombie and Sophya Skya. Sophya also performs a major role in the film. Her character – Russian ballerina Maya, whose husband was murdered, and the child had been kidnapped. Her partner in the film became the actor Christian Slater. In 2013, Sophya Skya led the opening ceremony of the 35th Moscow International Film Festival.
Sophya Skya is involved in various television programs. At various times, she participated in the programs: Night on TNT, The Private Lives of Vladimir Molchanov, Big Breakfast, In Fashion. In London, she was a member of the program Life is Wonderful.
Sophya Arzhakovskaya married a businessman Sergei Veremeyenko in 2006. Sophya Skya is interested in photography, horseback riding, diving and billiards. Since childhood, she takes part in charity of Patch Adams, and is a supporter of Laughter therapy. Sophya Arzhakovskaya continues to pursue a career of a solo ballerina.