‘The Sopranos’ and Nina Simone Sustain ‘Unorthodox’ Star

‘The Sopranos’ and Nina Simone Sustain ‘Unorthodox’ Star

I’m a Carmela person. I’m always attracted to the female strong part, so she’s my favorite for sure. But all of the characters, even though they’re talking about murders and criminals, you can really understand them and see their private life. And I think that’s the reason that I love it so much, because that’s how life is complex. In “Unorthodox,” you see a society that you don’t know, but you can understand the people. I’m not trying to say that we’re “The Sopranos.” But you see characters where, if you were to read about them in the news, you would be like, “Oh, this is awful.” But they really touch your heart.

5. Chava Alberstein

She is a singer and composer and a huge, huge symbol here in Israel. She’s been working for over 50 years. She has beautiful songs, and some of them are very old — what my parents and grandparents listened to. But every time I hear them, whether it’s her old songs or current songs, I always get emotional. And like with Nina, it’s not only that her songs are beautiful, but also how she presents the songs is so amazing. I feel like singing in a lot of ways is also acting. You cannot separate it.

6. ‘Beware of Pity’ by Stefan Zweig

It’s a very hard core book about relationships, about connections, and the pity and mercy that the man has toward the woman because she’s disabled. It’s kind of a mirror to society’s face, and how our actions and words have consequences. It really touched me. I’m not an easy crier, not at all. But this book was one of the few moments that I found myself sobbing. It was a knife to my heart.

7. Photoshop

I do it for fun, for friends, but sometimes it’s more like inspiration for my work and my roles. If I’m writing, for example, and I have this idea, I’m sometimes going to design it, to have pictures and references together and to make colors. It’s like a mood board, but it’s much crazier.

8. Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’

I told you before, I don’t usually cry. But I went to the cinema with a friend when it was just released, and I had tears in my eyes. It’s a story about history and about passion. I’d never felt such things. And the music and the soundtrack combined together with this cinematography — and even the makeup and the hairstyles — you can really see the emotional journey of the characters and the historical phases they’re going through. I felt like I’m seeing a masterpiece.

9. Brené Brown on Empathy

A friend of mine sent this to me when we were 19. It’s less than three minutes, and I remember smiling the whole way through. It was so simple, but not a cliché. And it was so beautifully said and so accurate. I think it’s really helped me in my relations with others, and the difference between showing that you know something versus to just be. You should just listen. It’s a helpful thing for actors because when you’re working on a character, it is so important not to judge her but to really understand and have empathy for her. That’s the key, I think.

10. Jérémy Comte’s ‘Fauve’

It’s about a friendship between two kids that are playing together, and they have this perfect chemistry. I don’t want to spoil it too much, but it’s about one of them losing the other, and moving on. It’s so, so beautiful for the cinematography and the location and for the art. And I recommend people to see it right now in this time that we’re living.


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