Inbal Amirav: Fresh, Wide-Eyed and Outrageously Talented

Published on June 16, 2019

She has worked with some of the most legendary directors of our time – Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney, Dave Meyers – to name a few.

She has been recognized for her role in female empowerment, receiving prestigious awards such as the Webby® Award for Best Individual Performance; the Internet’s highest honor for excellence, commonly known as the “Oscars of the Internet” for a video which raised awareness to domestic violence. And a Silver Social Good Award as an Influencer & Celebrity leading an impactful campaign for a worthy cause, sharing the category with Emila Clarke and Ellen Degeneres.

And yet, Inbal Amirav is still a fresh face to Hollywood. Fresh, Wide-eyed, and outrageously talented.

And while seemingly a young actress just on the brink of success, she is no newcomer by any means. She has been acting for over a decade with over 35 TV episodes under her belt, and many international campaigns and commercials. In addition, while other young actresses still search for what it is they stand for, there’s a strong sense of purpose about her career with her work for the domestic violence cause. So young and yet so mature. An old soul?

I began traveling back and forth from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles while I was still a student. From a young age, my soul was always attracted to Hollywood. This is a photo of me by the Hollywood sign at the age of twelve. At one point, I took a student loan to be able to afford the tickets.

It paid off. Amirav landed roles in David Fincher’s The Social Network, James Franco’s Sal as well as roles on hit shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation opposite Laurence Fishburne and Love That Girl! opposite Jaleel White and Tatyana Ali. Most recently Amirav appeared in SWAT with Shemar Moore, in the role of Dania Ganz, a member of a highly organized group of female thieves executing diamond heists across downtown Los Angeles. The show aired to strong ratings, CBS won the 10 p.m. hour with SWAT (5.24 million) and Amirav’s IMDB Startmeter spiked.

The Kominsky Method

Currently, Amirav can be seen in several episodes of the Golden Globes® winning show, Transparent, as well as two episodes of truTV’s You Can Do Better. She is also starring opposite Patrick Warburton in a campaign for Rizk airing all over Europe.

Between her starring roles, you can catch a glimpse of her as Michael Douglas’s acting student in The Kominsky Method on Netflix. She was excited to work on the show even though her role didn’t include any lines. “I wanted to work and learn from the best. That’s what brought me to Hollywood and here was this extraordinary opportunity to learn from one of the greatest actors of all times while also cracking a joke at how too seriously we actors often take our craft. There was no way I was going to turn the offer down, lines, or no lines.”

Inbal Amirav

In a way, it’s similar to the Golden Age of Hollywood when young starlets attended acting school at the studio lot between filming, back when the Studio System nurtured the talents of actresses such as Elizabeth Taylor.

A month ago, Michael Douglas was honoured with a 2019 Webby® Special Achievement Award for his work as Sandy Kominsky in the Netflix original. Amirav proudly congratulated him on her social media accounts, adding “Well deserved!!”. Just a year ago, she as well received the statuette, recognized as the symbol of online excellence, and delivered her five-word acceptance speech, a trademark of the annual awards show. After winning the coveted award, she openly expressed to her followers on social media her desire to channel the win into more meaningful work for a significant cause.

She is already in the process of doing that “I am working on developing an idea for another video to raise awareness for domestic violence, pitching to brands for a potential partnership to sponsor the production and airing”.

By Erich Rüthers