Baby Nina from the movie "Wizards": why she disappeared from the screen

6-04-2018, 13:00

Baby Nina from the movie "Wizards": why she disappeared from the screenBaby Nina from the movie "Wizards": why she disappeared from the screen

Anya Ashimova, a screen sister of Alexander Abdulova, performed her role with childlike spontaneity - and tried as an adult.
Filmed in the early 80s, the fantastic fairy tale "The Magicians" still attracts itself like a magnet: before each New Year, millions of viewers sit down, smiling in advance, in front of the TV screens to watch this movie again.
And, of course, everyone remembers the funny, mischievous little girl Nina, Ivanushka’s little sister, - Anya Ashimova played her. For the young actress, this role was the only one.

Baby Nina from the movie "Wizards": why she disappeared from the screenBaby Nina from the movie "Wizards": why she disappeared from the screen

Charming hooligan
In life, Anya was in many ways similar to her character. As she herself recalls, she could at a very early age take away the molds from the boys in the sandbox, and then hit them with these molds. However, she did not reach serious hooliganism, but her parents forgave her petty mischief - they loved her very much, tried to pamper her.
When Anya was seven years old, the family of military engineer Rafael Ashimov moved from Ulan-Ude to Moscow. There were few school lessons for active Anya — she also practiced dancing, and also drew and sang. At the Palace of Pioneers, in one of the circles, assistant Konstantin Bromberg drew attention to her - the director at that time selected actors for his new film, and such a smart girl was needed to play the role of the main character's sister.
An assistant, seeing a flock of girls, approached them and uttered the sacramental phrase: “Do you want to act in films?”. Of course, the girls wanted. So Anya, along with her friends, was at the Maxim Gorky film studio.
The director immediately drew attention to the mischievous Anya, who was making faces in front of a mirror. But, nevertheless, she had to pass the tests in the same way as everyone. And here the girl was waited by unpleasant surprises: it was very difficult for her to learn the necessary text for the role. She came to tears that Anina’s grandmother could not bear, she began to persuade her granddaughter to quit and go home. But Anya turned out to be stubborn: having calmed down, she nevertheless learned what was needed, and passed the tests successfully.

Baby Nina from the movie "Wizards": why she disappeared from the screenBaby Nina from the movie "Wizards": why she disappeared from the screen

Together with the stars
Anna Ashimova and Alexander Abdulov in the film “Magicians” ANNA ASHIMOVA and ALEXANDER ABDULOV IN THE FILM “CHARODIES”
Anya started acting in the "Wizards." She was not at all embarrassed by the abundance of famous actors - the girl simply did not know them by sight. And the movie stars, meanwhile, reacted to her just fine, especially, as Anna Ashimova recalls today, she was taken care of on the set of Emmanuel Vitorgan and Mikhail Svetin. And the “brother” - Alexander Abdulov, who played the role of Ivan Pukhov - also became friends with the girl. The nine-year-old actress felt very comfortable on the court, so much so that she could not even force herself to portray fear or other serious feelings when it was necessary for the plot: everywhere she has cheerful and mischievous eyes, in which there is not a single gram of fear or sadness.

Baby Nina from the movie "Wizards": why she disappeared from the screenBaby Nina from the movie "Wizards": why she disappeared from the screen

Life after the "Wizards"
Anna Ashimova and Alexander Abdulov in the film “The Magicians” ANNA ASHIMOVA and ALEXANDER ABDULOV IN THE FILM “CHARODIES”
After the film was released, Anya caught up with popularity. But not at all the kind that girls dream about.Envious classmates, who had earlier teased the girl for school success, now got a new reason for teasing, only the nickname has changed - if earlier they were shouting “nerd!”, Now they have been transformed into “sorceress”. The harmless word sounded ridiculous, Anya was unpleasant: she understood that they were jealous of her. The girl was pushed, kicked, pulled by her hair ...
However, there were in popularity and pleasant moments. For example, a disc came out with songs from “Wizards”, which instantly became famous and beloved, and the record was impossible to buy. Anne was given it. And all the familiar girls, having tamed their envy, politely asked to rewrite for them the words “Witches-rivers” and other songs performed by Larisa Dolina. By the way, “Three White Horses” for Anya also sang the Valley.

Baby Nina from the movie "Wizards": why she disappeared from the screenBaby Nina from the movie "Wizards": why she disappeared from the screen

Girl grew up
The first film role, so bright and noticeable, was for Anna Ashimova and the last. She admits that she never sought to become an actress. Such a life - with constant traveling, shooting, - not for her. Anya had another dream: a good family, children, a normal "earthly" work.
Fascinated by mathematics, after school she entered the Academy of Management, choosing the Faculty of Economic Informatics. There she met her future husband: Kirill Gaidash studied with her. At first they were friends, then love flared up, and after the end of the fourth year the young people got married.
Anna's dream came true. She worked as an economist and editor, and then gave birth to her son Alexander, quit her job and never left work. Everything turned out the way she imagined herself in childhood dreams: a loving caring husband, a good son, homeliness, family happiness. She loves her home very much, loves to cook for her men, happily welcomes her husband from work, supports her son engaged in biathlon and swimming.
Sometimes friends ask if she regrets leaving her job, is she bored at home? To which Anna confidently replies: “Not a drop!” She feels that she is necessary for her family, and is truly happy.

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