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.

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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.

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