Israeli Actress Meital Dohan Returns to 'Weeds' Six Years Later
On Sunday, Israeli-born Meital Dohan returns on the 100th episode of Showtime’s Weeds for the first time since 2006 as Yael Hoffman, the head of a rabbinical school who is pursued by Andy Botwin, with whom she shared a controversial scene six years ago that involved her use of a strap-on in a sex scene.
Now in the second to last episode of the long-running series, her character will return, and according to a teaser for the show, Yael will not even remember being with Andy, who is played by Justin Kirk.
“The story between our characters was never completed,” Dohan tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We left it that way because they knew they were looking to bring me back. They found a spot in their crazy outline.”
Dohan was a successful actress and playwright in her native Israel when she came to the U.S., where she soon won the role in Weeds. She has been based in the U.S. since but still travels home to work on shows including the Israeli version of Dancing With The Stars.
It was on that show that she said she got advice which led her to launch her musical career in a more serious way. “The whole epiphany about pursuing and focusing on music happened in a very funny way,” says Dohan. “While doing Dancing with the Stars in Israel, I had a spiritual guide who told me to go back to L.A. and start with my music career.”
Her first musical success came with the song "Yummy" in 2011, which also produced a video that went viral. It featured the singer wearing nothing but red knee-high boots and boxing gloves.
Next month will see the release of her new single “On Ya” featuring hip hop artist Sean Kingston, which is produced by Brass Knuckles and Brian Cid. The single will be followed by the launch of her debut album, I’m In Hate with Love, being produced by Che Pope who’s best known for working with Dr. Dre, Eminem and Lauryn Hill.
The new musical effort came about after she met Che Pope who wanted to produce her album. They started recording immediately. “On Ya” will be released online with a music video from director Ray Kay, who’s behind Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface” and Britney Spears’ “Till the World Ends.”
It will not be as racy as the last one. “I have more clothes on,” Dohan joked.
She says however it will offer the same humorous energy with a “bigger than life” production value,. She added. “I have to keep it funny. My general approach to life is you have to have a sense of humor.”
Comedy has always been part of Dohan’s acting career starting with roles in her native country. In the Israeli version of Ugly Betty, Ugliest Esti, Dohan played the central role of Nataly. The series won the Israeli TV version of an Emmy for Best Comedy in 2003, and other awards.
Working on dramatic projects, as well, Dohan received two Israeli award nominations for her performances in God’s Sandbox in 2002 and Giraffes a year later. Before that, she was voted Most Promising New Actress in 2000 for her stage work in Best Friends at the Cameri Theater.
In 2011 she appeared in Monogamy (co-starring Chris Messina and Rashida Jones), which won Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival.
As for whether she’ll head in the direction of her singing or acting, she says “definitely both.”
She is also involved in developing new projects. She is working on an idea for a TV show and an independent film with producer Ben Berenholtz (Requiem for a Dream, Barton Fink) from a script she co-wrote.
She is also developing a movie based on Stitching, a two person play in which she performed in New York and L.A. She has acquired the film rights and plans to produce and star. She has attached Bernard Rose (Candyman) to direct. .
“My whole life I was always a writer and a creator,” Dohan adds. “I’m an artist changing from role to role. That’s how I see myself.”