“I did not dream of being an actress,” Shira Haas
reveals in an exclusive interview about her breakthrough performance in “Unorthodox
” (watch the video above). She continues, “I was very, very shy as a child, believe it or not.” Speaking to Gold Derby from Tel Aviv, Haas explains that although she “always loved theater” and “always loved movies,” it was leading the 2014 Israeli film “Princess
” that finally convinced her of her career path. “I remember suddenly understanding how you can say so much with saying nothing at all,” she recounts about her feature debut before comparing her own journey to that of her character in “Unorthodox
,” who escapes an oppressed life and finds a passion in music. “Like Esty, I found myself suddenly through art,” she laughs.
“This character and this story really made me question a lot about what freedom is and the value of freedom,” Haas says about playing Esty Shapiro.