Spektor hails from Moscow, Russia. She's a Russian Jew emigrated to New York, a walking cultural treasure. Some of her songs, such as "Apres Moi
" and "8th Floor," have Russian as well as English lyrics. Her unique background has doubtless contributed to her adorably quirky, if sometimes incomprehensible, point of view.
Apparently she also dabbled in an acting career, with a bit cameo and a couple of soundtrack songs in 2002's Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control
. However, the film is so obscure that even IMDB hasn't filled in the details yet, so hanged if we're going to be any further help.