Volodymyr Zelensky, who is now hailed around the world for his leadership of Ukraine amid war in Russia, was known for his prolific performances as an actor and comedian before he was elected president. And now some of his videos from his entertainment days are making the rounds on social media.
Before becoming president in 2019, Zelensky acted in several Ukrainian films and television series, including the popular political satirical comedy “Servant of the People”. He also won the Ukrainian version of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2006 and voiced the bear in The Ukrainian version of the film “Paddington”.
A spokesperson for StudioCanal, which produced “Paddington,” confirmed that Zelenskyy was the voice behind the bear in a statement Monday, as reported by NBC.
Actor Hugh Bonneville, who played the bear’s adoptive parent in ‘Paddington,’ also said he had no idea before then who gave Paddington the voice.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian president won hearts on Tuesday with his speech to the European Parliament. During his speech, he called on the EU to “prove” that it stands with Ukraine as it resists the Russian invasion during his speech to the European Parliament.
“Without you, Ukraine is going to be alone. We have proven our strength. We have proven that at the very least, we are exactly like you. So prove that you are with us, prove that you will not let go,” said Zelensky.
Further, he said: “We are fighting for our land and our freedom despite the fact that all our cities are now blocked. Nobody is going to break us, we are strong, we are Ukrainians.”
European lawmakers, many wearing #standwithUkraine t-shirts emblazoned with the Ukrainian flag, others with blue and yellow scarves or ribbons, gave Zelensky a standing ovation.