Moran Atias is a former model and Israeli actress probably best known for her work on the TV series “Tyrant” and the film “The Next Three Days.” She earned the title of Miss Globe International in 1996, was Germany’s Top Model of the World in 1997, and Miss Israel in 1998.
Moran Atias is of Moroccan Jewish descent and she can speak Hebrew, English and Italian. As for Italian, she said, “It’s such a rich language. There are so many metaphors and visuals in the way you speak. It’s so poetic, it’s like you’re drawing while you’re speaking.”
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Moran Atias got her start in entertainment when she was 15 and starred in the Israeli Youth Show “Out of Focus.” By the time she was 18, she was already traveling as a model. Originally, she wanted to make enough money to put herself through school for psychiatry. “The arts wasn’t something I grew up with or thought I could be a part of. Then I met an Italian agent with the most wonderful accent who convinced me of things and we started working together and I fell in love with the country and it was really hard to leave.”
As for her life in Italy, Moran Atias said, “I had a very exciting life in Italy, and I was doing lots of variety shows.” But when the acting bug hit her, she was stung. “I love the inner discovery.” For her role in “Third Person,” to portray a gypsy believably, she didn’t shower for four months. “That specific sweat and grease took weeks. It takes a lot to be repulsive to Italian men.”
As for guys, Moran Atias said, “My plan was to move out [to America] and find a good American boy. Americans are very respectful. I think a guy somewhere between an American and Italian would be pretty great. But I think charm and charisma are what’s most important in a guy, and that all comes from intelligence.”
As for being typecast as an “exotic beauty,” she told Maxim.com “you can’t change your face. I think I can wear a sexy dress and still bring it to an interesting scene.”
When she’s away from Israel, she misses her family most. “The sense of belonging to what’s going on all the time, good news or bad news, you’re not part of it if you’re not experiencing it there. Sometimes I feel guilty or like I’m not part of the daily history of my country,” (jewcy.com).
Moran Atias currently resides in Los Angeles and is single.