Moran Atias

Moran Atias (Hebrew: מורן אטיאס‎; born April 9, 1981) is an Israeli-American actress and model. She gained fame in the Italian films Gas, Oggi sposi, and Mother of Tears. She is best known for her work with Paul Haggis in the 2008 TV series Crash and the 2013 film Third Person. She also starred on the FX television series Tyrant.

Moran Atias
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Atias at the premiere of The Next Three Days, 2010
Born (1981-04-09) April 9, 1981 (age 38)
OccupationActress, model
RelativesShani Atias (sister)
Modeling information
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown
AgencyAnonymous Content

Early lifeEdit

Atias was born in the city of Haifa, Israel, to Israeli-born parents of Moroccan-Jewish descent.[1] Her grandfather was a rabbi.[2] She appeared on the youth television programme Out of Focus at age 15. Her plan to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces was frustrated by a diagnosis of meningitis at age 17. She pursued modelling instead in Germany and then in Italy, where she was discovered and became a model for Roberto Cavalli.[1] Her younger sister is actress Shani Atias.



Atias first appeared on television when she was 15, starring in the Israeli youth program Out of Focus. By the age of 17, she went to Germany to launch her modelling career. She modelled for Roberto Cavalli, D&G, and BBG jewellers. Later, she hosted an Italian talk show.[3]

Acting, other film workEdit

Israel and ItalyEdit

After establishing herself as a model, she was encouraged to pursue a career in acting.[1] She has appeared in English-, Italian-, Hebrew-, and Spanish-language films, and was nominated for Best Actress at the Festival Sguardo al Femminile for her role in Menahem Golan's 2005 Israeli film Days of Love.[3] Her work in these films led to her being cast in the Italian feature film Gas, in which she played a provocative drug addict tasked with seducing a gay drug addict. She followed that up with the romantic comedy Oggi Sposi, directed by Luca Luncini and Mother of Tears, the third and final installment of Dario Argento's supernatural horror trilogy The Three Mothers. Mother of Tears premièred at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and the Rome Film Festival.


In 2008, she was cast in the role of the illegal immigrant Inez in the drama series Crash, based on Paul Haggis's Oscar-winning film. After one season, she became the female lead opposite Dennis Hopper. Working with Haggis led to her being cast in his film The Next Three Days.

In 2011, Atias worked with Cynthia Mort on the television project Radical, playing to role of Ana, which Mort had written specifically for her.[citation needed] In 2012 she was cast in the critically acclaimed Israeli television series Allenby Street, directed by Assaf Bernstein of Fauda fame, where she played the stripper Mika, a formerly Orthodox Jewish girl who avoids her childhood secret while living a complex nightlife.[4] She also served as a producer and worked to adapt it into a US series. She was cast in the new FX series Tyrant by the creators of the successful television series Homeland by creator and fellow Israeli, Gideon Raff.[dubious ]

Her work on the film The Next Three Days led to Third Person, a project that Atias pitched and helped develop with Paul Haggis. She was chosen to play the role of 'Monika,' a Romanian gypsy. To prepare for the role, she lived in Italy for four months and immersed herself in the gypsy lifestyle, living without the basics of running water or electricity. She studied with Michael Margota at the Italian Actor's Studio to perfect the Italian and Romanian accents. She also served as a co-producer and a co-consultant for the script. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Humanitarian workEdit

In Italy, she was the 2005–06 spokeswoman for the City of Milan in their campaigns against graffiti and animal cruelty in the city.[3]

Atias participated in the Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) volunteer mission with Sean Penn following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, in which she assisted the evacuation of refugees to Florida.[1] During her second trip to Haiti, she took part in a workshop at Ciné Institute in Jacmel. In May 2010, she worked with APJ and hosted and organized a charity event at the Cannes Film Festival. In November 2010, she hosted and organized a charity event for APJ in New York, with proceeds going to the first free high school for the children of the slums of Haiti.

She is a goodwill ambassador for IsraAid.[when?]

Personal lifeEdit

In February 2017, Atias became a naturalized U.S. citizen.[5]

Films, TV series, video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Director Medium Notes
2005 Days of Love Sigal Menachem Golan Film Pre-Production (English/Hebrew theatrical versions), Israel
2005 Mercy Yaniv Hamodai Buzz Productions, Israel
2005 Supper Club Television series Italian sitcom, Rai 1
2005 Gas Monica Luciano Melchionna Film Italy
2006 The Roses of the Desert Aisha Mario Monicelli Film
2006 Kavod (Honor) Ronit Haim Buzaglo Film Israel
2007 The Mother of Tears Mater Lachrymarum Dario Argento Film
2009 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising Commander Vera Belova Video game
2009 Oggi sposi Alopa Luca Luncini Film Italy
2009 Land of The Lost Pakuni Woman Brad Silberling Film
2010 The Next Three Days Erit Paul Haggis Film
2012 Crazy Eyes Ex Adam Sherman Film
2013 Third Person Monika Paul Haggis Film
2014 Tyrant Leila Al-Fayeed Gideon Raff TV series FX, Netflix
2016 A Stand Up Guy Marie Mike Young Film
2018 The Resident Renata Morali TV series Main cast (season 1)
2019 The Village Ava TV series Main cast



  • Kdam Eurovision (2005) – First Channel, Israel
  • Deal or No Deal
  • Game programme (13 total), (2005) – Channel 10, Israel
  • "Cinderella" Biographical documentary of Moran Atias, prime time (2004) – Channel 10, Israel

TV seriesEdit

Italian TV programmes as sidekickEdit

  • "Carramba Che Fortuna" – RaiUno, Italy (2000)
  • "Superconvenscion" – RaiDue, Italy (2000–01)
  • "Italiani" – Canale 5, Italy (2001)
  • "Matricole & Meteore" – Italia 1, Italy (2003)
  • "I Raccomandati" – RaiUno, Italy (2003–04)
  • "Natalino Balasso Show" – Italia 1, Italy (2004–05)


Radio workEdit

  • Shaker – Radio RTL 102.5 – a radio programme created and presented by Moran Atias (2005)


  1. ^ a b c d Brinn David (February 10, 2011). "Not Just A Pretty Face". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
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  3. ^ a b c "Moran Atias - Fashion Models". Bellazon. March 10, 2007. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "TNT Brazil to Adopt Hit Israeli Drama". Haaretz. 2014-11-26. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  5. ^ "מורן אטיאס קיבלה אזרחות אמריקנית" (in Hebrew). February 16, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2018.

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