Magazine article Variety

Moran ATIAS

Magazine article Variety

Moran ATIAS

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CLAIM TO FAME

Israeli-born Moran Atias became known to U.S. auds as Inez in Paul Haggis' 2008 series "Crash" on Starz. She also teamed with Haggis on 2010 thriller "The Next Three Days "

INNER FIRE

The 33-yearold Atias began her career as a globe-trotting model, but her friend Domenico - the Dolce in the Dolce & Gabbana fashion design house - urged her. in her early 20s, to try thesping. "I had a very exciting life in Italy, and I was doing lots of variety shows," she says, but when she took an acting seminar, that was it for her. "I love the inner discovery," she says.

ART OF THE PITCH

While Atias was picking up acting gigs, she also started writing. She had an idea for a film that had a complex structure, so she called on Haggis. "My pitch to Paul was dreadful," she says, but it became the film "Third Person," which will be released by Sony Pictures Classics this year. …

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