Moran Atias at the 'Cleopatra' Premiere - The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival Moran Atias at the 'Cleopatra' Premiere - The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival Israeli actress Moran Atias attends the 'Cleopatra' premiere during the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

10 reasons we love Israeli actress Moran Atias

The actress' talents extend far beyond her work on screen.

From the Grapevine recently chatted with Israeli actress Moran Atias just prior to the theatrical release of her movie "Third Person," but that story only scratched the surface of what the 33-year-old star has accomplished in her life and career. Here are 10 things you might not know about Moran Atias:

1. Her acting approach is very method.

To prepare for her role as Monika in "Third Person," Atias lived in Italy for several months without running water or electricity to better experience the lifestyle of her character. She told us that her method acting allowed her to "really get under her [character's] skin."

2. She's charitable.

Not only is Moran Atias involved with Israel's IsraAID humanitarian organization as a Goodwill Ambassador, but she traveled to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake as part of a volunteer mission for Artists for Justice and Peace. She's also worked with the group to organize and host charity events at the Cannes Film Festival and in New York.

3. She's on the cutting edge of Israeli actresses breaking into Hollywood.

Atias is often regarded as one of the first Israeli actresses to truly find success abroad and is leading the way for on-the-rise Israeli actresses like Bar Paly, Gal Gadot, and Odeya Rush.

“After one or two actresses have established themselves,” she told us, “other actresses saw hope so they pursued it. And I think what’s also happened in the last few years is that casting has been so global. A few years ago, you just worked where you lived. Today, everything is much more open and so easy to audition in Israel for an American show or a British movie.”

4. While in Italy, she became a model for Roberto Cavalli.

When Atias was 17, she traveled to Germany in pursuit of a modeling career. While she was there, legendary Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli discovered her and invited her to join his stable of models, which helped kickstart her modeling career in a big way.

Moran Atias and her Third Person co-stars pose for a photo at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.Moran Atias and her 'Third Person' co-stars pose for a photo at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

5. She was an official spokeswoman in Milan, leading campaigns against graffiti and animal cruelty.

The city of Milan, Italy, nominated her to become their official spokeswoman to lead special campaigns against animal cruelty and graffiti in the city. She held that role from 2005 to 2006.

6. She rose to fame by acting in several Italian films.

Although she began her formal acting career at the age of 15, Atias gained stardom by working in three Italian films. In 2005, she starred as drug addict Monica in Luciano Melchionna's "Gas." She also joined the cast of Luca Luncini's romantic comedy "Oggi Sposi," and also worked with legendary Italian horror director Dario Argento ("Suspiria") on a film entitled "Mother of Tears," which became the third leg of his "Three Mothers" trilogy.

7. She became a favorite of 'Crash' director Paul Haggis.

Atias joined the cast of the Starz television series "Crash," which was based on Paul Haggis' feature film of the same name. It only took one season for the actress to become the show's female lead. She transitioned from "Crash" to working with Haggis on his next film "The Next Three Days." Those roles ultimately led to her playing Monika in "Third Person," Haggis' most recent film, which Atias actually pitched to him and helped him develop.

Moran Atias arrives at the Venice Film Festival in 2013.Moran Atias arrives at the Venice Film Festival in 2013. (Photo: Gabriel Bouys/Getty Images)

8. She appeared in an Israeli youth show at age 15.

As a teenager, before Atias became a major international model and actress, she appeared on an Israeli youth program called "Out of Focus."

9. She modeled for many major brands.

In addition to becoming a model for Roberto Cavalli, Atias has also modeled for many major brands including Dolce & Gabbana and BBG Jewelers, and she has appeared in various commercials.

10. She's become an American TV staple.

Not only did Atias appear on 26 episodes of the Starz series "Crash," but she's also appeared in episodes of "CSI: NY," "Rules of Engagement," "CSI: Miami" and "White Collar." She now plays Leila Al Fayeed, one of the female leads on FX's new series "Tyrant."


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10 reasons we love Israeli actress Moran Atias
The actress' talents extend far beyond her work on screen.