Italian/Greek actress Sofia Milos is perhaps best known to television viewers as Detective Yelina Salas on “CSI: Miami,” a role she played from 2003 to 2009. She also portrayed Julia Karinsky in “Caroline in the City” (1997-1998) and Special Agent Bianca LeGarda in “The Border” (2008-2009). She has guest starred in a number of TV series, including “Friends,” “Mad About You,” “The Sopranos,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Twilight Zone” and “ER.” Making her film debut in “Out of Control” (1992), which also served as her professional screen debut, the former model has since acted in several films, including “Jane Austen's Mafia” (1998), “The Ladies Man” (2000), “The Order” (2001) and “Passionada” (2002).
Milos currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She idolized Dean Martin when she was a child. Her favorite actors/actresses are Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Sofia Loren, Jessica Lange, Angelina Jolie, Anna Magnani, Katharine Hepburn, Kevin Kline, Julianne Moore, Giancarlo Giannini, Alberto Sordi, Robert Downey, Jr., and Marcello Mastroiani. She mentions “Chicago,” “The Matrix,” “Marriage Italian Style,” “Like Water for Chocolate,” “Belle Epoque,” “Mediterraneo,” “Swept Away” (the original version), “Johnny Stecchino” and “An American in Rome” as her favorite movies.
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Childhood and Family:
Sofia Milos was born on September 27, 1965, in Zurich, Switzerland, to an Italian father and a Greek mother. She and her family later moved back to Italy, where her parents still live in Rome. She has one brother named Pino Milos. Thanks to her international background, Sofia developed a love for languages. She stated, “I speak 7 languages; fluent in English, Italian, French, German and Swiss, although I can carry a basic conversation also in Greek and Spanish. Because besides my Greek and Italian parents, I had a French nanny, went to school in Switzerland, worked in Spain, and have a housekeeper that speaks only Spanish, and worked in Germany and Switzerland. I learned English from my first boyfriend, an American. My first English spoken film I watched and understood was, in fact, 'American Gigolo' with Richard Gere. My first book I read in English was 'A Diary of a Dirty Old Man' by Charles Bukowsky.”
Timid as a child, Sofia entered a local beauty pageant as a teenager and ended up winning first prize. She was once named Junior Lady Italy. By age 15, she had ventured into modeling and with her salary, was able to pay her tuition to a business and economics school in Switzerland. A creative youth, she began doing fashion design at age 19, while taking modeling gigs. In 1990, at age 25, she went to the United States to try her hand at acting. After the move, she began taking acting classes at the Beverly Hills Playhouse under the guidance of Milton Katselas.
Born Catholic, Sofia is now a Scientologist. She enjoys cooking, painting, reading, making photo collages and spiritual study.
Sofia Milos began her career as a model in Italy when she was a teenager after competing in beauty contests. Also an artist, Milos made use of her skills and sold her creations freelance while still working as a model. However, it was not until age 25 that the stunning beauty came to the decision to add acting to her endeavors. She subsequently packed her stuff and pursued her ambitions in America, first in New York City and then Los Angeles.
Milos got her acting start in theater. She worked on stage two years before eventually scoring her first film role in the Independent drama “Out of Control” (1992), playing Kristin. The following year, she booked her first series regular role as the sexy Fabiana Borelli on the NBC sitcom “Cafe Americain,” opposite Valerie Bertinelli, Maurice Godin and Jodi Long. The show debuted on September 18, 1993, and aired until May 28, 1994.
After the cancellation of the series, Milos attracted the attention of audiences with her portrayal of Aurora, the love interest of Matthew Perry, on an episode of the hit series “Friends” called “The One with the Butt,” which was broadcasted on October 27, 1994. She followed it up with a string of guest stints in TV shows, including episodes of “Platypus Man” (1995), “Vanishing Son” (1995), “Weird Science” (1995), “Too Something,” “Strange Luck” (1995) and ”Mad About You” (1996). She made her television movie debut in the thriller “Shadow-Ops” (1995), with Adam Baldwin, John Ortiz, Will Stewart, Terrence Howard and Leslie Hope.
From May 1997 to May 1998, Milos had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom “Caroline in the City,” which starred Lea Thompson as cartoonist Caroline Duffy. In the series, she played Richard’s (played by Malcolm Gets) Italian wife. In 1998, she returned to the big screen in the comedy “Jane Austen's Mafia,” which was directed and co-written by Jim Abrahams and starred Jay Mohr, Lloyd Bridges, Olympia Dukakis and Christina Applegate. She was next featured as a killer in the Italian film “Svitati” (“Screw Loose,” 1999), which was directed by Ezio Greggio. In between the film projects, the actress landed guest stints on “Getting Personal” and “The Love Boat: The Next Wave” (both 1998) and a regular role on the short lived sitcom “Secret Lives of Men” (1998), starring Peter Gallagher, Bradley Whitford and Mitch Rouse.
Entering the new millennium, Milos costarred as assassin Milady in a Warner Brothers television pilot for Fox called “MK-3” (2000), a modern adaptation of the classic novel “The Three Musketeers.” The show, however, failed to find a home. She bounced back with a notable recurring role on the David Chase created hit drama “The Sopranos,” starring James Gandolfini. She played a mob boss named Annalisa Zucca in the episodes “Commendatori” and “Funhouse” (both 2000). The same year, she also portrayed Sofia, the girlfriend of Richard, in two episodes of the HBO popular comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which was created, written by and starred Larry David. On the film front, she played the supporting role of Sarah Putanesca in Tony Mortillaro's award winning “Family Jewels” (2000) and worked with Will Ferrell, Tim Meadows, John Witherspoon, Eugene Levy and Julianne Moore in the comedy “The Ladies Man” (2000) for director Reginald Hudlin.
In 2001, Milos had the recurring role of Paulie on the ABC series “Thieves,” which starred John Stamos and Melissa George, appeared with William Baldwin, Jon Seda, Elizabeth Mitchell, Adam Baldwin and Byron Minns in the independent film “Double Bang,” which premiered on HBO on August 17, 2001, and costarred with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Charlton Heston in “The Order,” an action film from director Sheldon Lettich. Milos then starred opposite Jason Isaacs in the romantic comedy film “Passionada,” where she played a singer named Celia Amonte. The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in June 2002 and was released theatrically in the U.S. in August the following year. In the film “The Cross” (2002), which was directed and co-written by Gino Cabanas, who also starred in the film as Paul, she played Boss. 2002 also saw her in the “The Twilight Zone” episode “Future Trade” and in the Italian TV series “Lo zio d'America” (as Barbara Steel).
After guest starring in “ER” (2003) where she played Coco, a passionate wife of an aging man, Milos joined the cast of the CBS top rated police procedural series “CSI: Miami” in the regular role of homicide detective Yelina Salas. She made her debut appearance in the episode “Simple Man,” which aired on February 24, 2003. She would stay with the series until May 2005. She reappeared in the fifth season premiere in September 2006 and in six episodes during late 2007 to early 2009.
In 2006, Milos played Victoria Marston on “Desire,” starring Nate Haden, Zack Silva, Michelle Belegrin, Tommy Dunster and Kelly Albanese. From 2008 to 2009, she portrayed agent Bianca LeGarda in the Canadian dramatic series “The Border.” Milos was also one of presenters on “The 2008 World Music Awards” (2008), which was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.