Mili Avital

Actor, Waitress
A beautiful Israeli import with dark hair and flashing eyes, Mili Avital was a celebrated performer in her native land, winning an Israeli Academy Award at age eighteen before moving to New York to study acting and try ... Read more »
Born: 03/29/1972 in Jerusalem, , IL

Filmography

Actor (20)

666 Park Avenue 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1999, 2001, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Damages 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Noodle 2007 (Movie)

Miri (Actor)

When Do We Eat? 2006 (Movie)

Vanessa (Actor)

The Human Stain 2003 (Movie)

Young Iris (Actor)

After the Storm 2001 (Movie)

Coquina (Actor)

Minotaur 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Young Girl and the Monsoon 2001 (Movie)

Erin (Actor)

Arabian Nights 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Seed 1999 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

Kissing A Fool 1998 (Movie)

Samantha Andrews (Actor)

Polish Wedding 1998 (Movie)

Sofie Pzoniak (Actor)

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Animals 1997 (Movie)

Fatima (Actor)

Dead Man 1996 (Movie)

Thell Russell (Actor)

Stargate 1994 (Movie)

Sha'uri (Actor)

Invasion of Privacy (TV Show)

Actor

Uprising (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A beautiful Israeli import with dark hair and flashing eyes, Mili Avital was a celebrated performer in her native land, winning an Israeli Academy Award at age eighteen before moving to New York to study acting and try her hand in the United States market. With a demo reel in Hebrew and somewhat tentative English skills, Avital nonetheless quickly landed her first starring role after being discovered while waitressing on Manhattan's West Side. She was cast as the female lead in Roland Emmerich's sci-fi epic "Stargate" (1994), a role that would win the young actress much attention from the start. Working steadily throughout the mid- to late-1990s, Avital was featured alongside Johnny Depp in Jim Jarmusch's stylized Western "Dead Man" (1995) and took a starring role opposite Johnathon Schaech as a woman wishing to terminate her pregnancy who is stalked by the mentally unstable would-be father in the HBO-premiered disturbing thriller "Invasion of Privacy" (1996). In 1997 she had a smaller role in the Wim Wenders-directed drama "The End of Violence" and finally followed up with some lighter fare, starring as a woman dating one man (David Schwimmer) but possibly in love with his friend (Jason Lee) in the romantic comedy "Kissing a Fool" (1998), jump-starting her off screen romance with Schwimmer. A role in the independent drama "Animals" cast the actress as an American from the deep South, an accent she tackled with gusto. She was next featured in the independent romance "The Young Girl and the Monsoon" (1999).

In 1999, Avital began working in impressive television projects, beginning with a guest role on the debut episode of the critically-acclaimed spin-off series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC), which she would revisit in 2001, playing Romanian twins embroiled in a murder. The actress' exotic good looks and compelling presence made her a clear choice to play Scheherezade in the ABC miniseries "Arabian Nights" (2000), a role to which she brought a solid combination of engaging sweetness and alluring mystery. She co-starred in "After the Storm", a dramatic adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's short story for the USA Network in 2001, and was featured in the romantic thriller "Minotaur" (premiered on Cinemax) that same year. Playing a Jewish freedom fighter in "Uprising", the 2001 NBC miniseries chronicling the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto, offered Avital a chance to dig into her roots, returning to her homeland to research her significant role in this powerful historic drama.

Relationships

Iko Avital

Father

Noni Avital

Mother

Yoni Avital

Sibling
younger

David Schwimmer

Companion
Met during the filming of "Kissing a Fool" (1998) Had an on-again, off-again relationship Co-starred in the NBC miniseries "Uprising" (2001) Split in 2001

EDUCATION

Circle in the Square Professional Theater School

New York , New York

Talma Yalin

performing arts high school

Milestones

2006

Starred in the Jewish comedy "When Do We Eat?"

2001

Co-starred in the USA Network presentation "After the Storm", based on the Ernest Hemingway short story

2001

Starred in the suspenseful romance "Minotaur" (aired on Cinemax)

2001

Starred in "Uprising", an NBC miniseries chronicling the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising

2001

Guested again on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", playing twins

2000

Played beautiful storyteller Scheherezade in the ABC miniseries "Arabian Nights"

2000

Had a featured acting role in the independent drama "Bad Seed"

1999

Guest starred on the premiere episode of the NBC crime drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

1999

Acted in "The Young Girl and the Monsoon"

1998

Featured in the independent drama "Animals"

1998

Played the woman pursued by bachelor pals David Schwimmer and Jason Lee in in the romantic comedy "Kissing a Fool"

1997

Had a small role in Wim Wenders' "The End of Violence"

1996

Played a florist who finds herself unhappily carrying the child of her psychotic former lover in the drama "Invasion of Privacy" (aired on HBO)

1995

Featured in the Jim Jarmusch Western "Dead Man"

1994

Made American feature acting debut in Roland Emmerich's "Stargate"

1992

Moved to NYC to study acting

1991

Won an Israeli Academy Award at age eighteen for her performance in "Over the Ocean"

1989

Made stage debut in an Israeli production of "Dangerous Liaisons"

Born and raised in Israel

Bonus Trivia

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Mili Avital on her first English-speaking acting role in "Stargate", quoted in GQ (April 1998): "I didn't understand the plot. I had no idea what people were saying to me half the time. I was doing one scene where I'm supposed to react to this guy who's morphing. How the hell do you explain morphing to someone who doesn't speak English?"

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"Everybody knows Scheherezade. It's like playing Alice in Wonderland. You have your own take on it. It's a period movie that takes place in another time with all these special effects, but at the end of the day it's about how our imaginations can save our lives. It's a testament to the power of storytelling." --Avital to USA Today, April 28, 2000.

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Avital on her acting beginnings: "My mother forbade me to go professional as a child. I would take books and make them into plays with girls from school." --quoted in US Weekly, May 8, 2000.

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