“Poor Nastya”: the look of the stars of the Russian soap Opera 15 years later

«Бедная Настя»: как выглядят звезды российской теленовеллы спустя 15 лет
Historical series about the plight of the Russian serf girl became telekhit not only in Russia but also abroad.

«Бедная Настя»: как выглядят звезды российской теленовеллы спустя 15 лет

Photo: still from the TV series “Poor Nastya»

Historical Russian telenovela “Bednaya Nastya” is the first
the project of the company “AMEDIA”, which aired on channel STS since autumn 2003 till
the spring of 2004 and became a domestic telekhit. Subsequently, according to numerous requests of fans of the film have been repeated on various TV channels.

Plot 127-series historical
melodrama about the plight of Russian serf girls based on
pseudo-event: it featured as historical characters, but with
fictional circumstances and storylines, and completely fictional.

It is curious that the series budget of $12 million were shot in standard high-definition television on the American
technology: for the first time in Russia the film was parallel with the ether. At
the writing of each series were considered a day of airing and time when the series
will be interrupted for advertising.

«Бедная Настя»: как выглядят звезды российской теленовеллы спустя 15 лет

Photo: still from the TV series “Poor Nastya»

On the script for the Russian-American project (“AMEDIA” and “Sony pictures”) worked twelve known
Patriotic writers under the guidance of American women Lisa Seidman,
which is known for popular foreign TV series “Dallas,” “Love and
secrets of sunset beach” and “murder She wrote”. And the filming process, for which the American side has provided the latest
equipment worth over a million dollars, at the same time carried out six Russian Directors.

The result is a real masterwork. The developments of the mid-nineteenth century
a sinking heart watched by millions of viewers not only in Russia, but also in 34 countries that have acquired the series. Huge success the film enjoyed in the countries
Eastern Europe, Latin America, and in China his ratings too high.

Auditions for the role of the main character — a talented serf actress Anne Plato, raised in the family
a wealthy Baron Ivan Ivanovich Korf, was very long and complicated. The creators have looked
about six thousand candidates, and ultimately approved Elena Korikova favorite
the audience, primarily, for his role in historical paintings “mistress into maid»
(1995) and “mu-Mu” (1998). By the way, the project is called “Poor Nastya”, as in
birth of Plato was given the name Anastasia.

According to Korikova, the main character was looking for the whole year. “As I was later told — wanted the same as I am but that was not known to anybody. Have looked thousands of Actresses, but to no avail. And now, a year later, I lay at home with temperature 39 degrees, as he suddenly heard a call from casting Directors Kirill Kazakov: “Lena, help me out, urgently come to order!”I tried to refuse, saying that the sick, can not, but the Cossacks insisted. After the sample has declared to me: “Lena, tomorrow you start shooting”. I don’t even understand how it happened. Apparently, everything in life is not by chance,” recalls the star.

«Бедная Настя»: как выглядят звезды российской теленовеллы спустя 15 лет

Photo: still from the TV series “Poor Nastya»

In the series played by a whole constellation of domestic actors: Anne Hathaway (Baron Vladimir Korf), Anna Tabanina (Princess Elizabeth Dolgoruky), Peter Krasilov (Prince Michael Repnin), Ekaterina Klimova (the Princess Natalia Repnina),
Emmanuel Vitorgan (Prince Peter Dolgoruky), Dmitry Isaev (crown Prince Alexander), Olga Ostroumova (Princess Maria
A. Dolgoruky), Alexander Filippenko (Andrei Platonovich Zabaluev),
Anton Makarsky (Prince Andrei Dolgoruky), Viktor Verzhbitsky (Emperor Nicholas
I), Alyona Bondarchuk (the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, the actress passed away in
2009), albert Filozov (Baron
Ivan Ivanovich Korf, the actor passed away in 2016), Marina Aleksandrova (Princess Mary
Hesse-Darmstadt), Alexander Kalyagin (poet Vasily Zhukovsky), Svetlana Toma (Sychiha), Igor Dmitriev (Sergey Stepanovich Obolenski, the actor passed away in 2008), Sergey Astakhov (Shishkin)… Whatever the name, the star!

By the way, for the show was created by a collection of historical women’s and men’s dress — fifteen hundred costumes.
Based on it in soundstage was even educated a whole wardrobe Department. Some outfits were just unique. For example, costume design: Elena Korikova was sized just for her! “Dresses Korikova is a must,
our first exhibits of the future Museum, — told the costume designer Anna Mikheeva. —
Waist — 58 cm,
height — 152 cm… Well, where else the second will find it a miniature?»

«Бедная Настя»: как выглядят звезды российской теленовеллы спустя 15 лет

Photo: still from the TV series “Poor Nastya»

The story is so sunk into the soul of the viewers that they are somewhat
years of writing letters to the STS with a request to come up with a continuation of romantic
histories. And, to the delight of fans, in 2006 the company “AMEDIA” declared
near the beginning of filming the second part of a popular series, and the STS has even launched advertising
the video: “Poor Nastya-2”.

However, despite the incredible success and the undying love of the audience, the sequel was never filmed. Shooting the second part “Nastya” was cancelled because
the fact that almost all the actors, who starred in the first part of the soap Opera,
refused to continue work on the project. This was told Ekaterina Klimova, who played in the series.

“The idea to continue shooting, but all artists
decided that I’d better not — admitted Klimova in an interview at the
time’s. And it’s not in the fees. Many have abandoned “Poor Nastya-2»,
considering that the second option always worse than the first. As for me, I took a neutral position. I didn’t even have time to talk to the producers on
this topic, as I’m always traveling. In any case, not continue
will. Maybe that’s right, because to continue you need some
strong material. History outlived its usefulness, we must go further”.

Photo: still from the TV series “Poor Nastya»

It is not excluded that there was another reason why the audience did not see the continuation of the soap Opera. Since the premiere of the TV series “Poor Nastya” it’s been more than 14 years. Here are the stars of the Russian telehita today.