Larisa Romanovna Oleynik (born June 7, 1981) is an American actress. She came to fame in the mid-1990s, after starring in the title role of the popular television series, The Secret World of Alex Mack, and has also appeared in theatrical films, including The Baby-Sitters Club and 10 Things I Hate About You. Throughout the 2000s, she has mostly appeared in lower-budget films. During her period as a teen idol, Oleynik was described as 'one of America's favorite 15-year-olds' and 'the proverbial girl next door'. Oleynik was born in Santa Clara County, California. Her mother, Lorraine (n_ee Allen), is a former nurse, and her father, Roman Oleynik, is an anesthesiologist. Her father's family is Ukrainian and she was raised in the Russian Orthodox religion.
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