For most actors and actresses Hollywood is the ultimate level in film making. Indeed the Hollywood film industry draws mixed opinions from fans and critics around the world, but leaving aside propaganda, political, cultural and historical aspects, Hollywood does give actors the most chance of success, exposure, glamour and fame.
Hollywood searches for talent near and far, so it is only natural for many Israeli actors to take a stab at the big-time film industry. Many, if not most of them have been quite successful. Until a number of decades ago however, Israeli names in Hollywood were only those of producers, and they numbered just a few people. Things have changed dramatically in the last twenty or so years and now there are more and more Israelis taking part in major Hollywood productions, and leaving their mark on the film industry.
A recent poll has ranked the top five Israeli actresses in Hollywood. The poll was based on a number of factors, including success and popularity. Movie industry experts boil it down to this: ‘Hollywood loves the next cool thing, and Israeli actresses are just that. With their Middle Eastern exotic beauty and mystique, along with their potential and talent, it is only natural for Hollywood to fall in love with them’.
At number five, there is Meital Dohan. Meital Dohan’s most well-known role is perhaps the one of Yael Hoffman, in the popular US TV series Weeds, season two. Fans and critics like watching Dohan act because she has an amazing range to play anything from a zombie killer, to a seductive dominatrix and does a great job. Dohan is considered to be a gifted actress, who definitely has the looks and charisma to be successful in Hollywood. Some of her recent roles have been in movies which received awards in the New York Tribeca Movie Festival. Dohan studied drama and acting, at the Nissan Nativ School of Acting in Israel. Dohan is no stranger to awards and nominations, back in the early two thousands, she was nominated for a number of awards, and actually took home a couple. She was also voted most promising new actress of the year two thousand. Currently, apart from her movie career, Dohan is also the spokesperson of the Artists 4 Israel organisation.
At number four sits Noa Tishby. The thirty four year old Israeli singer, model, actress and producer, is one of the movers and shakers of the US entertainment scene at the moment. Tishby is based in both Los Angeles where she does most of her work, and Australia – where she is married to Andrew Gunsberg – well known media person. Tishby has tasted fame at an early age. She became a household name in Israel through taking part in a number of popular domestic productions and shows, which established her as a talented actress with lots of potential. Tishby’s first big-time role was alongside Ewan McGregor, Sean Bean and Scarlett Johansson in the two thousand five sci-fi thriller The Island, which is one of the best movies of its day. The actress has also got multiple roles and appearances in hit TV series in the US like CSI, Nip/Tuck, Las Vegas and many more. One of Tishby’s better known performances is together with Matthew McCounaughey in the movie The Ghost of Girlfriends Past.
Number three spot is occupied by the beautiful and delicate Gal Gadot. This girl has climbed her way to fame and stardom in Israel about ten years ago, when she won the Miss Israel Contest, and went on to represent the country in the follow-up Miss Universe Contest. Although she didn’t rank in the top fifteen, Gadot went on to become one of the most successful and loved Israeli models and actresses. Gal Gadot had a number of smaller appearances on Israeli TV shows and series, but her star rose with her taking part in the 2008 instalment of The Fast & The Furious, alongside Vin Diesel. Gadot was contracted to star as Gisele (her character in the F & F franchise) for another two movies, which were made and released in the next few years. Gal has managed to keep up her Hollywood momentum, and took roles in two other Hollywood films, namely Date Night, and Knight & Day where she stars alongside the likes of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Recently, Gadot announced she will be taking part in a new suspense thriller called Triple Nine. Perhaps the biggest success for the young Israeli is her securing the role of Wonder Woman in three multimillion dollar blockbusters still in the making by Warner Bros. Her role as Wonder Woman is highly anticipated by fans and critics, hopefully she does a great job.
Number two spot is for Ayelet Zurer. This talented Israeli actress has had roles in some of the most well received Hollywood films in the last decade or so. Her most notable role, is in the two thousand five runaway success Angels & Demons, where she partners with Hollywood greats like Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor. Zurer secured a main role appearance in the movie A Year In Mooring, which was released in two thousand eleven. Zurer’s first major appearance, which consequently turned out to be her Hollywood breakthrough was in two thousand five, in a movie called Munich, by the great Steven Spielberg. Another notable role she had around that time, was alongside Sigourney Weaver and Dennis Quaid in the two thousand and eight action thriller Vantage Point. Shortly after, in o’nine, the Independent Hollywood Critics crowned Ayelet Zurer one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Zurer was ranked higher than renowned Hollywood beauties like Scarlett Johansson and Nicole Kidman.
Top spot goes to no other, but Mili Avital. The thirty nine year old actress is highly successful on screen and on stage, in both US and Israel. Critics say she has the ability to play diversely and snug perfectly into almost any role she is given. Mili’s breakthrough came with a role in the all famous sci-fi production Stargate. She had only come to New York a year ago to study acting. Her next big part was alongside Johnny Depp in the nineteen ninety four film Dead Man. She also does lots of work for TV shows in both US and Israel. Avital has received a number of awards in her career so far.