Meital Dohan is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. The Israel born actress also has a talent for writing. She has co-written and starred in an Israeli show called “Screen Warriors” and has penned several plays that have run in both New York and Israel. Currently her resume boasts 22 appearances on tv and film. Most Americans might recognize her from the show “Weeds” and “Woke Up Dead.”
Meital was kind enough to chat with Hollywood Dame…
-First, you achieved great success as an actress and writer in your native Israel, what prompted you to want to split your time between the USA and home country?
For me, life takes you where the good work is. I started getting more and more offers from the US, which is why I work in both places.
-Are you finding work in the US to be difficult or challenging in any way?
On one hand, it’s a piece of delicious cake. On the other hand, it’s a big plate of steak that you need to strategize over how to cut it right.
-You recently worked on the hit Showtime series ‘Weeds’, what was it like working on a show that has such a strong fan-base? What was it like working with veteran actors like Mary Louise Parker and Elizabeth Perkins?
It felt great that so many people became fans of the seductress rabbinical teacher. Both actresses were very friendly and talented, and make very unique choices which I think is what makes the show so special.
-Currently, you can be seen on the web series ‘Woke Up Dead’ with ‘Napoleon Dynamite’s’ Jon Heder. What brought you to this role? And what is it like shooting a web-series as opposed to television or film?
I came to mind to the casting director when she was considering who could best play a ball busting zombie chick. Truthfully, shooting Woke Up Dead was the same as shooting a tv series or film, it was just edited in shorter segments for the internet. I think the writing and concept is really funny, and that’s what I care most about.
-I imagine working with Jon Heder to be a non-stop riot, is this so?
Yeah, we couldn’t stop laughing and it’s been a blast.
-You also have many writing accomplishments, including the book ‘Love and Other Bad Habits’. What inspires you to write and what can you tell our readers about this book?
I’m inspired by all the typical things: life, love, fortune and misfortune. Love and Other Bad Habits falls into the categories of love and misfortune. Considering the gender situation of modern society, I’m very interested in the ways relationships between men and women navigate our biological and cultural history. There was once a strong feminist movement fighting for more tangible change, and now the relationship between men and women is in an interesting phase. Women’s role in society is diverse and varied, whether she is a housewife, sex object, or business woman, and my book is addressing some of these complexities in the poetic form, and with photographs by Karen Gillerman-Harel.
-Lastly, please let our readers know where we can expect to see Meital Dohan next and where we can pick up a copy of ‘Love and Other Bad Habits.’
I just finished shooting a feature film called Monogamy with director Dana Adam Shapiro (Murderball), and I have a few more films that are going to be shot in the next few months. So it’s going to be interesting…get ready! As for the book, you can buy a copy on amazon here.
You can visit Meital’s Dohan’s website for some info, photos and goodies.
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