Anita Devi "Annet" Mahendru is an Afghan-born Russian–Indian actress, best known for her role as Nina Sergeevna on the FX series The Americans.
Mahendru was born in Kabul, the daughter of Olga and Ghanshan "Ken" Mahendru. Her mother is a Russian businesswoman and artist, and her father is a Hindu Indian professor and journalist. She had what she calls a "gypsy" childhood, regularly travelling between St. Petersburg and Frankfurt before moving with her father to East Meadow, New York at the age of 13 after her parents separated.
Mahendru attended East Meadow High School, where she was active in competitive cheerleading and kick line teams, and graduated in 2004. She went on to earn an English degree from St. John's University.
Mahendru is fluent in German, Russian and English, and also speaks French, Persian and Hindi and initially wanted to use her "ethnic ambiguity" to work for the United Nations. She was enrolled at New York University for a Master's degree in international relations, but dropped out to pursue acting. She then moved to Los Angeles and studied improv at The Groundlings...
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