Israel’s Moran Atias is a busy girl. Though she once dreamed of studying psychology, the bombshell quickly joined the ranks of international celebrity, first as a radio host, then as a model and actress (at the advice of Dolce & Gabbana’s Domenico Dolce, natch).
Not just a pretty face, Atias has spread her talent across a spectrum of mediums and will star in the upcoming Paul Haggis film “The Third Person,” a multi city/narrative love story co-starring Adrien Brody, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, and Kim Basinger. Not too shabby.
Interview magazine caught up with the Israeli beauty as part if its year-closing issue. In the interview, she talked about writing her film:
COLLEEN KELSEY: What are you working on? Are you allowed to talk about it?
ATIAS: I’m developing a new feature film. It’s a quite a massive project. It’s a multi-narrative storyline, which is a big passion of mine, [laughs] but it definitely requires much more work than just one narrative story.
Atias also talked about her film roles, including playing an Orthodox stripper in Tel Aviv:
I feel like I’m just starting. I like complex characters. I’ve been very, very lucky to portray, in these past three years, characters that are strong and fragile at the same time. It’s those characters that I’m looking for. In the last year and half I played three different religions, and that allowed me to educate myself so much. I played a Jewish Orthodox girl stripping in a club in Tel Aviv, based on a true story. Then, in Third Person, I’m playing an Albanian gypsy who’s super religious, but, at the same time, she’s a con artist and that’s how she survives. And in Tyrant, I’m playing a first lady that is dominated by the Muslim country and she’s Muslim.
You’re staying in the same place but you’re departing with your mind and soul and educating yourself until you can really understand such huge worlds. Those are the roles that keep loyal to [the] authenticity of what people are, and not caricatures.
Atias also shared a bit about the film she’s writing, which deals with the ongoing conflict in Israel:
The feature that I’m writing right now, takes place in Gaza, Tel Aviv, and North Carolina. I could talk to you forever about the complexity of the situation in my country. I guess we could do, like, 20 movies on that subject. But, here’s the thing: there’s always questions that people don’t really know how to answer. That’s where I like to throw myself in.
J-Connection: Moran Atias is a Jewish-Israeli model and actress.