The Algemeiner spoke to Gadot via email.
The Algemeiner: How does it feel to represent Israel in Hollywood?
Gal Gadot: I often get asked this question; I have much love for Israel. It is a place that warms my heart, it is my home. However, I don’t feel like I represent Israel in Hollywood, I represent myself. I am not an Israeli ambassador yet.
A: Do you feel any added pressure, considering Israel’s reputation in the world, to represent it in a certain light?
GG: When it comes to Israel there is a lot of misconception. Some people still think that the Israelis ride around on camels. It is important for me to show Israel on its true side as a positive, pluralistic country. Israel is full of interesting culture and liberal people. Israel is a beautiful place with lots of heart and meaning. I am proud to call it my home.
A: Any projects in the works?
GG: Yes, I have many projects on the table. I will decide very soon which ones I want to focus my time and energy on.
A: Do you plan to focus on American films or Israeli?
GG: Both. Although Israeli films do not have a big budget like American, their artistic creation is much deeper. In American films, the budget is grand and you can have more “action.” I enjoy making both types of films.
A: What’s been the biggest thrill working on the Fast and Furious films? Biggest surprise or letdown?
GG: When you read an action script it is really hard to imagine how the film is going to look like. Words like “car racing” and “boom” are often described in the script and not even in your wildest imagination can you visualize the end result. When I saw the movie put together for the first time at the London premiere I was blown away. It was truly exceptional.
A: What advice would you give to a young Israeli girl who wants to follow in your footsteps?
GG: There is no right way. The process is very individual and personal for every person. My only advice would be is to be persistent and never give up.
A: What does Jewish identity mean to you?
GG: To me the Jewish identity means family, the holidays, the traditions, and home.
A: What would be your dream film to act in?
GG: My dream film to act in would have 3 great things: script, director, and an awesome cast.
A: Have you ever experienced hostility or prejudice because of your roots?
GG: No, not while working, I have been always treated with respect and welcomed.
A: Why are you and Vine Vera a good fit?
GG: I am a firm believer of having beautiful skin the natural way. That’s why Vine Vera and I are a good fit. Vine Vera is all about enhancing the natural beauty of your skin without using any needles, surgery, or harsh chemicals. I could see the benefits Vine Vera products had to offer almost immediately. The way my skin looks and feels is very important to me. Vine Vera helps me achieve a radiant glow.
It is not every day that downtown Jerusalem is featured in international films. But several weeks ago, a Chinese film production drew local attention, as movie scenes for what is expected to be a blockbuster movie in China were shot along the busy Ben Yehuda Street.
Israeli actress Odeya Rush may be just 15 years old, but she can already mark a major achievement in her career.
Rush, who has been dividing her life between New York and Los Angeles in recent years, has earned a Young Artist Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 2012 feature film “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” directed by Peter Hedges.
The Annual Young Artist Awards ceremony, which will be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, is considered a great starting point for youth performers in Hollywood. Past winners include actresses Winona Ryder and Drew Barrymore.
Rush, who is represented by the ADD agency, has made guest star appearances in television series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Law and Order: SVU.” In 2012 she was cast as young Mary in “Mary, Mother of the Christ.”
American actor John Malkovich arrived in Israel on Monday ahead of the 8th Eilat Chamber Music Festival, which takes place in the southern resort city this week.
Malkovich will play the lead role in successful musical-drama “The Infernal Comedy – Confessions of a Serial Killer,” which will be broadcast live on Ynet on Thursday.
This is Malkovich’s first performance in Israel. He visited the country in 2008 as the guest of honor of the Jerusalem Film Festival.
“The Infernal Comedy” will be shown both in Eilat and at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art as part of a collaboration between the Eilat festival and the 15th Felicja Blumental International Music Festival.
Chef Asaf Granit of Machneyuda (Photo: Tom Lahat)
A culinary celebration will be held in Los Angeles on the State of Israel’s 65th Independence Day. The local consulate has decided to divert from the tradition of a holiday reception, and instead offer pro-Israel celebrities in the West Coast of the United States a taste of Israeli wine and gourmet food.
Israel’s consul-general in Los Angeles, David Siegel, has invited the chefs of Jerusalem’s famous Machneyuda restaurant – Asaf Granit and Uri Navon – to cooperate with well-known chefs in LA and present the culinary prosperity in the Israeli kitchen.
The chefs will offer a menu consisting of Machneyuda’s best dishes, replacing the fresh produce of Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda Market with that of Santa Monica Farmers’ Market.
“In Hollywood there are two options: Either talking about the conflict, and you can talk to yourself about that, or working on issues they are interested in, like television and productions in Israel which we are trying to promote, and bringing food and wine made in Israel to Hollywood,” explained Consul-General Siegel.
“We engage in exposing the different angles of Israel – from high-tech to the industry, to art, cinema and culinary culture.”
As part of the celebrations, the two Israeli chefs will be the guests of Nobu Malibu, which is part of a chain of restaurants co-founded by actor Robert De Niro and Israeli film producer Meir Teper.
The restaurant, which hosts top Hollywood stars, is located on the Malibu beach and has become the meeting place for the likes of Steven Spielberg and David Geffen.
Rumors that troubled Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan has been dating Israeli guitarist Avi Snow of the rock band “City of the Sun,” have been circulating for about a week, but a photo of the couple locking lips at a club in Santa Monica, California made it official.
“(Lohan) arrived late, just before the band went on,” an onlooker said. “She was kissing Avi passionately in the corner of the club – then the band went onstage.”
In an exclusive phone interview with Ynet on Wednesday, Snow said, “Until the photos were published I did not know we were together; it’s very new.”
Snow, 24, was born in the US and made aliyah to Israel at age 15. Following his IDF service in a Paratroopers Brigade unit, Snow began working as a security guard, and then decided to travel to the US, where he remained.
“We met through mutual friends, but at first we were just friends,” he told Ynet from New York. “With time it developed. It does not thrill me that much that I’m dating Lindsey. I’m dating her because she is a great girl,” Snow said in a heavy American accent. ”
Does she know you’re Israeli?
“Of course. She has only good things to say about Israel. She supports us and even told me she plans to visit Israel.”
In the past she had an Israeli girlfriend. Did she mention her to you?
“Yes, as soon as she understood I was Israeli she told me about her Israeli girlfriend. A woman named Eilat Anschel. I only know who she is because Lindsey told me about her.”