Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s son Ilya, 16, has had his secret life as a TV personality uncovered after it emerged that he has appeared on a children’s comedy show, a Moscow tabloid reports.
Medvedev Jr. starred in two episodes of “Yeralash” (meaning havoc in Russian), a kids’ comedy show aired in 2007 and 2008, according to “Komsomolskaya Pravda.” And although his real name appears on the credits, it seems the general public hadn’t an inkling about his relationship to the president.
The episodes were shot around 2006 or early 2007, when Medvedev was serving as First Deputy Prime Minister.
Crew members claim they knew who the boy was, but said he got no special treatment during shooting. More important still, Ilya Medvedev earned his role after passing through a rigorous casting test just as any ordinary kid would do. In turns out his director considered him a “talented boy”.
“A lively boy, with a touch of acting brilliance, he did precisely what he was told to do during the scenes,” director Aleksey Shcheglov recalled, adding that even between takes, Ilya kept telling stories and joking.
“Yeralash” art director Boris Grachevsky refrained from confirming or denying Medvedev Jr.’s involvement.
However, both episodes – The Hero and Shoot Me – are available on the show’s channel on a Russian video-hosting service, where the general public are free to decide for themselves whether Medvedev Jr. bears the exalted imprint of the country’s head of state.
In the first, Ilya Medvedev plays a boy who is inspired by an X-Men movie and ruins an action-movie shoot by saving the heroine. In the second, his character asks the director to give him a role.
Despite an impressive debut, Medvedev Jr. has not appeared on screen since. He is currently studying in high-school, where he is learning three foreign languages.
Though Russian leaders are usually quite discreet about their families, it is known that Ilya Medvedev enjoys computers, football and shares his father’s passion for music. After Dmitry Medvedev took him for a guitar session with Deep Purple, Ilya tried to make him listen to Linkin Park.