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Crystal Elysia Lorraine Rotaru (born November 9, 1984) is a Canadian actress known for playing Taiana Venediktov in Arrow.

Elysia Rotaru
Crystal Elysia Lorraine Rotaru

(1984-11-09) November 9, 1984 (age 34)
Years active2006–present


Rotaru was born in Vancouver to Romanian parents and is fluently bilingual in English and Romanian. From a young age she took dance classes and was involved in school plays as well as piano recitals. She enrolled at Simon Fraser University for a career in psychology, but in the middle of the program she changed to theater, earning a degree in Fine Arts with a specialty in Theater.[1] She also studied traditional Chinese medicine.[2]


Rotaru debuted in 2008 as a guest star on an episode of the USA Network series, Psych, this was followed by appearances in television series such as Eureka of SyFy and Smallville and Supernatural on The CW. In 2010, Rotaru was given a recurring role in Hellcats, where she played Betsy. She also starred in the film Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules where she played Ingrid.[3]

In 2015, she appeared as a guest star on Motive, a television series broadcast on ABC and on the CW's iZombie. She temporarily voiced Sabine Wren on Disney XD's Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales.[4] On August 10, 2015, Rotaru was cast in the TV show Arrow as Taiana Venediktov, a love interest for Stephen Amell's character, Oliver Queen, during the flashback sequences.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Annoying Orange: Turducken Assassin / Sexy Chick #1 Short
2009 Deadweight Kim Short
2009 Stan Helsing Hot Girl #1
2010 Crooked Pamela Short
2011 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Ingrid
2013 Amp Zoey Short
2014 Girl House Heather
2014 Earthlickers Goddess O Short
2015 The Wall Brittany Short
2015 Run Sophie Short
2015 Broken Masters Lara Croft Short
2016 Countdown A.D.A.
2017 Dead Again in Tombstone Alicia


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Psych Lantern Lady Episode: "Ghosts"
2008 Eureka Teri Wallace Episode: "What About Bob?"
2008-2010 Smallville Female Inn Guest / Elizabeth Bishop 2 episodes
2010-2011 Hellcats Betsy 3 episodes
2011 Sanctuary French Woman Episode: "Carentan"
2012 Fringe Paige Randall Episode: "Everything in Its Right Place"
2012-2014 Supernatural Shaylene Johnson / Victoria Dodd 2 episodes
2012 Finding Mrs. Claus Emily TV Movie
2013 Mr. Young Reporter Episode: "Mr. Sasquawk"
2013 King & Maxwell Kelly Episode: "Second Chances"
2014 Rush Tina Episode: "Learning to Fly"
2015 Backstrom Melinda Norburg Episode: "Bella"
2015 iZombie Tess Episode: "Pilot"
2015-2016 Arrow Taiana Venediktov Recurring
2015 Motive Pam Hexton Episode: "Reversal of Fortune"
2015 Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales Sabine Wren Episode: "Mission to Mos Eisley"
2016 Reapers Morana TV mini-series
2017 My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Sable Spirit Episode: "Campfire Tales"
2019 Marvel Super Hero Adventures She-Hulk Episode: "From Hulk to Eternity"


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Mortal Kombat: Legacy Production Assistant Episode: "Johnny Cage"
2012 Choose Your Victim Harper Hill 7 episodes


  1. ^ McCarthy, Mike (August 21, 2015). "Elysia Rotaru talks Arrow and more". Wingman Magazine. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Elysia Rotaru". School Creative. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  3. ^ Foreman, Troy. L (January 6, 2015). "Interview: Elysia Rotaru". The PC Principle. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Clow, Mitchel (March 11, 2015). "'iZombie' guest star Elysia Rotaru wants to be a zombie: 'I just hope that one of my boobs doesn't rot off in the process!'". Hypable. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Abrams, Natalie (August 10, 2015). "'Arrow' casts Oliver's new love interest". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 3, 2017.

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