Viva Bianca is a nustralian actress, well-known for her role as “Ilthyia” in the series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”, and “Spartacus: Vengeance”. She is also a writer and female activist.
Early Life and Educational Background
Viva Skubiszewski was born on the 17th of November 1983, in Australia to Cezary and Lee Skubiszewski. Her father, a television and film composer has Polish-Australian origin while her mother is Australian. The family shifted from the countryside of Victoria, Australia to Melbourne during her childhood due to her father’s work. Growing up, Claire had a great fondness for acting, and was inspired by Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger.
After matriculation from high school, she attended and graduated with honors from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Shortly after graduating, she began her acting career as Viva Bianca, with the guest role of Adriana in the series, “Eugenie Sandler P.I” in 2000. After her debut, she starred in many other television series, such as “Marshall Law”, “Blue Heelers” and “All Saints”. In 2009, she starred in her first television films, entitled “Accidents Happen” and “Bad Bush” but the former was a flop and gathered mixed reviews.
In 2010, she gained popularity for her role as Ilthyia in “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”, based on the life of the historical figure Spartacus. A year later she played the lead role in “X: Night of Vengeance”, a thriller, then in 2012 reprised her role as Ilthyia in “Spartacus: Vengeance” to much critical appreciation. Viva has also appeared in TV movies and films such as “A Prince for Christmas” alongside Kirk Barker, “Showing Roots” and “Blind”. Most recently, she’s appeared in the films “Can’t Have You”, “Minutes to Midnight” and “Deadman Standing”.
Career as an Activist
Viva has always been vocal about women’s rights, and involves herself in campaigns promoting the same. She has spoken at various UN Women’s Conferences, and worked with several non-profit organizations that focus on women’s issues. In 2019 the actress starred in the film “Milkshake Girls” that centers around the sex trafficking epidemic in the USA.
As a writer, Bianca has contributed to several publications, and in 2014 she co-created an online blog with her childhood friend Victoria Khroundina, and named it “SheRa Mag”.
This blog focuses on pop culture, women and their experiences, and aims at giving a voice to women, and inspiring them through its fashion, personal and fun columns.
Husband Antonio Beliveau
In 2016, Viva tied the knot with musician Antonio Beliveau after several years of dating. They were blessed with their first child in September of 2016, and named her Vienna Rose. Their second child came two years later, and is named River Lee. As of 2020, the couple reside in Los Angeles with their two kids.
Who is Antonio Beliveau?
Antonio Beliveau is an American keyboardist and vocalist, famous for being part of the band The Crash Kings. He was born and raised in Massachusetts, USA alongside his brother. He had a keen interest in music and attended Berkeley College of Music and the University of Texas. He went on to form the band The Crash Kings in 2006 and signed with Custard Records Label, releasing their debut single “Mountain Man” in 2009, which topped the Billboard Alternative Radio’s charts in 2010. Their second studio album entitled “Dark of the Daylight” was released in 2013.
Hobbies, Favorite Things and Interesting Facts
- The actress claims that her weakness is food, with a specific bias for bread and brown rice. Her favorite foods include rice milk, yogurt, pumpkin and carrots.
- She is a fitness freak, and frequently practices yoga. She believes that it is a way to ‘keep in touch with one’s quiet space inside’ and help with endurance, strength and flexibility.
- Viva revealed that she felt embarrassed about her role as the cunning Ilthyia, and she grew more and more scared of it as the show progressed.
- She received a Best Actress Award during her university years.
- She enjoys spending time with her family, and regularly posts pictures with them on her Instagram account.
- Her star sign is Scorpio.
- She is the owner of a golden retriever that costs between $500-$2000.
Appearance and Clothing Style
The actress is a female of Caucasian ethnicity and Australian nationality. She has a height of 5ft 9ins (1.73m), a weight of 114lbs (52 kgs) with vital statistics of 34-26-32. She has blonde hair and green eyes. As of 2020, she is 37 years old, and still prefers casual clothing when away from work.
Net Worth and Salary
Thanks to her long and successful acting career, Viva has garnered an impressive net worth estimated at over $2 million, while her husband has a net worth of over $1 million. According to authoritative sources, she earns around $35,000 per series episode that she appears in.