• Milena Govich is an American actress, singer, and director
• She is known for her role in "Law and Order" and being married to David Cornue
• She studied pre-med and vocal performance, and was valedictorian of her varsity graduation ceremony
• She has had roles in Broadway musicals, films, and television series
• She has an estimated net worth of over $4 million as of mid-2020

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Short Info

Date Of BirthOctober 29, 1976
FactGraduated from both high school and college (University of Central Oklahoma) as a valedictorian of her class.

Milena Govich is a talented American actress, singer, and director, who is perhaps best known for her recurring role in the television series “Law and Order” as Detective Nina Cassady. She is also known for being the wife of writer David Cornue. Milena has many talents, and acting is not her only profession. Read on as we uncover all the truths behind the Milena’s career, who will be celebrating her 44th birthday later this year.

Early life and family

Milena Govich was born on 29 October 1976, in Norman, Oklahoma USA, to Dr Bruce Micheal Govich and Dr Marilyn Green Govich.

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Both her parents are professors in music, and were the inspiration behind Milena’s interest in music.

Her father, who died in 1993, taught at the University of Oklahoma, and her mother is still teaching vocals at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Her father was of Serbian descent, and her mother a mix of Scottish and English bloodlines. Milena’s aunt, Melica Govich, is also an actress, who has appeared on television and in Broadway plays.

Educational background

Milena matriculated from Norman High School in her hometown.

Despite suffering the loss of her father, Milena was still able to achieve high enough grades to be the valedictorian for her class of 1994. She went on to study at the University of Central Oklahoma where her mother was teaching, and graduated with a double major in pre-med and vocal performance, and also attained minors in dance and violin. She once again achieved spectacular grades, and was appointed as valedictorian of her varsity graduation ceremony.


Milena then moved to New York City to pursue her aspirations of becoming an actress, and was able to land a role in the Broadway musical “Cabaret” at Studio 54.

Milena Govich

She would originally play the role of Lulu, but was the later replacement for the prime role of Sally Bowles.

She continued her career on Broadway, landing roles in musicals which included the revival of “The Boys From Syracuse”, the Beach Boys musical “Good Vibrations”, and was also given the title role in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. She also had the leading role in “Sweet Charity” at The Lyric Theatre.

Milena made her film debut in the 2004 short film “Bad Behaviour”, in which she played the role of Alex. In 2005, she made her first appearance in “Law and Order” as Geneva in the episode “Flaw”.

She then returned to play the role of ‘Nina Cassady’ in the 17th season of “Law and Order” from 2006 to 2007. It was not, however, her first recurring role, as concurrently in 2005 she landed the role of Candy in “Rescue Me”, which she retained for 16 episodes until 2009, and form 2006 Milena also gained the recurring role of Jessica Rossi on the set of “Conviction”.

Ever in demand, Milena continued her success in films too, starring in the titles that included “East Side Story” and “Sordid Things”. In 2011 she was in the film “A Novel Romance”, and in 2015 she had roles in both the films “# Lucky Number” and “Pass The Light”.

While her movie credits are few, Milena has had much greater success in television, appearing in shows such as “Body of Proof”, “Psych” and “The Mentalist”. In 2014 and 2015 she had the recurring role of Lori Stevens in “Finding Carter”.

Her latest work now mostly includes directorial positions, such as for episodes in the television series’ “Chicago Med”, “Chicago Fire”, “The In Between” and “FBI”.

Her most recent acting performances have been in the 2018 feature “Closure”, and the 2020 film “Be The Light”.

As a singer, her career includes the highlight of singing the American national anthem at the New Jersey Devils’ opener on 10 October 2008 at the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey. Milena also went on tour as a guest performer with Fei Xiang, a Chinese pop star,.

Hobbies, favourite things and interesting facts

Not much can be found about Milena’s personal likes and dislikes, nor any preferences that she might have.

Though active on Facebook and other social media platforms, she doesn’t reveal intimate details of her private life. The only trivia that can be found on Milena, is that she has an uncle and cousin who are both police officers.


Milena has been married to the writer David Cornue since 2003, and it appears that they are in a happy relationship. The couple has not produced any children, and successfully keep their relationship out of the public eye.

Physical characteristics

  • Date of Birth: 29 October 1976
  • Hair colour: Dark Brown
  • Eye colour: Brown
  • Height:  5ft 8ins (1.78m)
  • Weight: 143lbs (64kgs)
  • Dress Size: 8
  • Shoe Size: 10 (US)
  • Bra Size: 34B
  • Star Sign: Scorpio
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian

Net worth

As an actress and director, Milena has accumulated an estimated net worth of over $4 million as of mid-2020.

General Info

Full NameMilena Govich
Date Of BirthOctober 29, 1976
Height1.73 m
ProfessionActor, Dancer, Singer


ParentsBruce Michael Govich, Marilyn Green Govich
SiblingsMateja Govich, Nikola Govich


MoviesPass the Light, A Novel Romance, Sordid Things, Strawberry Barbara
TV ShowsLaw & Order, Conviction

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1She appeared in an episode (S. 13, Ep. 9 - Rustic Speakeasy Lounge) of DIY Network's tv show House Crashers, when her husband was the target of the DIY show's room renovation sting.
2Daughter of Dr. Bruce Michael Govich and Dr. Marilyn Green Govich, both Voice Professors, respectively at the University of Oklahoma and at the University of Central Oklahoma.
3Of Serbian descent.
4Niece of Broadway actress Milica Govich.
5Left UCO with a double-degree in Performance and Pre-Medicine, and minored in Dance and Violin.
6Graduated from both high school and college (University of Central Oklahoma) as a valedictorian of her class.
7Has an uncle and a cousin who are police officers.




Finding Carter2014-2015TV SeriesLori Stevens
#Lucky Number2015Scar
Pass the Light2015Anne
Strawberry Barbara2014ShortAnna
The Mentalist2014TV SeriesMolly Becker
Straight Out of the Closet2013TV MovieRachel
Make It or Break It2012TV SeriesRegina Turner
A Novel Romance2011Jenny Sparks
Body of Proof2011TV SeriesMindy Harbinson
The Defenders2010TV SeriesADA Tracy Hunt ADA Hunt
Rescue Me2005-2009TV SeriesCandy
Sordid Things2009Helen Little
Psych2009TV SeriesMorgan Conrad
K-Ville2007TV SeriesD.A. Lyndsey Swann
Law & Order2005-2007TV SeriesNina Cassady / Geneva
East Side Story2006/IIShortSara
Conviction2006TV SeriesJessica Rossi
In Love2006/IShortMaxine
Love Monkey2006TV SeriesGabby
Bad Behavior2004ShortAlex


Unspeakable2018Short pre-production
Temporary2017Short post-production
Susanne and the ManShort post-production


Unspeakable2018Short executive producer pre-production
Temporary2017Short executive producer / producer post-production


Teens Wanna Know2015TV SeriesHerself
New York 360º2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Extra2006TV SeriesHerself
Milena Govich: 'Conviction'2006Video shortHerself

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