How are you doing? How has this year been for you so far?
I’m feeling great! This, right now, is the most beautiful period of my life so far. It has been a terribly confusing year but I’m blessed to be doing what I do, and to have a lot of new projects and goals. I’m really grateful for that.
How did the pandemic and quarantine impact your creativity?
I finally had time for myself. I finally had time to do stuff that I always wanted to do but never had time for, like I started writing more, reading books and watching movies I always wanted to see. I had time to develop my creativity and work on new characters.
When did you first realise you wanted to be an actor?
I was eight years old when I saw an ad for acting school, so I decided to audition, and since then my love for acting has only intensified. I realized that the stage and screen is where I feel the most confident, and that’s who I am, so I just decided to do it with all my might. The first time I was acting for a TV show I was 9-10 years old, and it was a show named “Asfur”. As soon as the cameras turned on and they said “action”, I felt like I was in another world. I felt happiness that I couldn’t put into words, just being someone else for a few moments.
Congratulations on “Don’t Wait For Me”, which is now in theatres! Tell us about your character in the film, Matan.
Matan is a child who comes from a wealthy family that failed financially and moved to a poor neighborhood. He’s an introverted child who becomes a criminal in order to survive. It’s the hardest, yet the most all-consuming, role I’ve ever done. I had to lose a lot of weight, about eight pounds, in order to look thinner. There were a lot of scenes of abuse that I had a very hard time doing, it really was one of the most challenging things I’ve done in my life. The film is based on real cases and we actually filmed in places where everything happened - it took me right to the harsh reality that this kid is experiencing.
How do you construct and get into character? Talk us through your process.
One of the things I love most about creating a character is designing their look: how they walk, how they talk, how they move their body, what they look like. I always try to build their own little world. I have an acting teacher named Sigal Ginzburg whom I’ve worked with from a young age, and together we work on every character and build everything up.
As well as “Don’t Wait For Me”, you have three TV shows out this month with you in leading roles. Do you ever find it disorientating playing multiple characters at once?
Yes, it is very challenging, especially since each character is so different. Each character has its own world and sometimes they conflict with one another. But I have a notepad for each of my characters, where I write everything about them, and that helps me to deal with it and arrange everything in my head. It’s also part of the fun for me as an actor, to get characters that are so different from one another. In each character I put a little bit of myself, and I just temper how extreme that part is depending on the character.