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5 reasons why you should love actress Inbar Lavi

'Imposters' star is anything but a phony.

The 30-year-old Inbar Lavi in a scene from "Imposters."The 30-year-old Inbar Lavi in a scene from "Imposters."The 30-year-old Inbar Lavi in a scene from "Imposters." (Photo: Ed Araquel / Bravo)

You may have seen Inbar Lavi (last name pronounced La-VEE) in a number of shows over the last few years; she's had guest appearances on "Castle" and "Sons of Anarchy" and regular roles in "The Last Ship" and "Gang Related." Or you may have just seen her on the big screen alongside Vin Diesel in "The Last Witch Hunter."

But this year, you'll be seeing a whole lot more of the Israeli actress, as she was recently cast in the reboot of Fox's popular "Prison Break." She also stars in the Bravo network series "The Imposters," which has just been renewed for a second season. There, Lavi plays a con artist who gets people to fall in love with her, then leaves them broke and heartbroken. Then a couple of her marks get together and go looking for her, which is where the fun begins.

From everything we've seen and heard about Lavi, she's off to a long and luminous career. She's one to watch, and here's why:


She can handle herself in wacky interviews

One of the reasons we miss Craig Ferguson's late night show is that he liked his interviews to ramble into weird directions. When Lavi came on the show last year, she was ready, able to roll with Ferguson's non sequiturs, such as his reaction when she talked about why she got "big tips" as a waitress. She also seemed to be adept at the duck-faced selfie and indulging in one of Ferguson's signature awkward pauses.


She loves songs about amber

As she explains in the above video, "Inbar" means "Amber" in Hebrew, so songs about anything amber are among her favorites. She especially likes the warm feeling from 311's "Amber," mainly because of the line "Amber is the color of your energy." If an amber energy means down to earth, we agree.


She knows some of her modeling shots are silly

We have no idea what it's like to be a model, but we're pretty sure that models must cringe at some of the photos they're asked to pose for. At least Lavi has a sense of humor about it.


She's got range

Inbar Lavi David StrasbergInbar Lavi talks to David Strasberg at the Lee Strasberg Theatre. She studied in the Strasberg program when she first moved to New York from Israel. (Photo: The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute)

Lavi studied the Stanislavski technique while in Israel, and she came to New York in order to further her acting studies. But she didn't go just anywhere; she went to the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, whose alumni range from Alec Baldwin to Marilyn Monroe and many other major actors from the last 85 years.


She's about to flex her indie comedy muscles

The cast of "Imposters," starring Inbar Lavi (center) as the leader of a con artist ring.The cast of "Imposters," starring Inbar Lavi (center) as the leader of a con artist ring. (Photo: Bravo)

Riding on the success of "Imposters" – which, despite its ominous name, is actually full of comedic moments – Lavi is about to take another leading role, this time in the indie comedy "Sorry for Your Loss." Directed by Collin Friesen, the film is about a new dad, Ken, who returns home to bury his estranged father, only to find the man's final wish is to have his ashes scattered on the field of his beloved football team. Lavi plays Ken's wife.

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