Inbar Lavi: On being ‘‘Lucifer’’ newcomer and making her American dream come true

PHOTOS: Raul Romo
STYLING: Maya Yogev
MAKEUP: Sarah Uslan
HAIR: Carly Walters Bethel
LOCATION:  The Hollywood Hotel
WORDS: Jasmine Perrier

From her move from Israel to New York when she was 17, to her leading role in Imposters alongside Uma Thurman, Israeli actress Inbar Lavi made her American dream come true. On top of that, she reached new heights with her debut as former Garden of Eden resident Eve in the highly anticipated fourth season of Netflix’s Lucifer which came out on May 8th. For Inbar, being a part of this show has pushed her to try new things and get out of her comfort zone. ‘‘You constantly evolve, you constantly learn, you constantly change, you constantly shift directions and that’s something I had to learn,’’ she says.

It has been a long journey and it’s still going. I still feel like I have to prove myself all the time and I think that’s never going to changed

‘‘My life in Israel was very peaceful,’’ the 32-year-old starts. ‘‘I have three brothers and sisters and we’re all very close. We would go to the beach a lot,’’ she shares. As a kid, watching movies with her dad was her escape to pass the time when she was suffering from asthma and had to use an inhaler for 45 minutes. ‘‘I would be sitting there, in the kitchen while my friends were out, running around and having fun. That was my way of having a good time and I thought that was such a beautiful opportunity that movies presented to you. I wanted to be able to do that for others.’’

Like any other actor, I don’t get every job. And when a fan says how important you are to them or how your work has impacted them in some way, it gives you the fuel to keep going

Because American cinema and television were exotic to her, she felt even more drawn to those productions. She then moved from Israel to the United States where she had to start from square one, far from her home and family, which made it harder for her to deal with the rejection and hardship that the film industry involves. ‘‘You have to prove yourself constantly. When you get knocked down, you go to your people and that person is gonna hold you and say it’s okay, you are good enough, you keep doing what you’re doing. When you’re away from your home and your safeness, you have to say that to yourself. I miss my family and my home every single day and it’s still a challenge,’’ she reveals. ‘‘It has been a long journey and it’s still going. I still feel like I have to prove myself all the time and I think that’s never going to change.’’

CHECK OUT OUR FULL STORY WITH INBAR LAVI IN OUR ISSUE NO.14

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