Tai Berkovich has made the transition from modelling into acting and will be back on the big screen with her new movie Soulmates.
The film is set to be screened at Cannes Film Festival and marks the directorial debut of Armaan Kirmani.
I caught up with her to discuss the new movie and what lies ahead.
- You are about to star in new movie Soulmates so can you tell me a little bit about the movie?
It’s a love story between two people, that come from different backgrounds. I play a Jewish girl who meets a Pakistani Muslim guy in England. The story about over coming the obstacles of different religions and nationalities.
- So what was it about the character and the script that initially drew you to the project?
The main idea of the film is every relationship needs to work through communication, it doesn't matter if they come from the same background or different background or religion or country. The main value is to respect and be tolerant.
- So can you tell me a little bit about your character and how we see her develop throughout the movie?
I'm playing a Jewish immigrant who lives in London, I meet and fell in love with a Pakistani Muslim guy.
The story revolves around them overcoming obstacles such as their different religions and the fact she is fighting a terminal disease.
- The movie marks the directorial debut of Armaan Kirmani so how did you find him as a filmmaker?
Armaan is a great person, I appreciate him and his work a lot. I that we can work together again in the future!
- And how is he as a filmmaker is he collaborative in allowing you to bring ideas about the character to the table? And if you how much do you enjoy working with a filmmaker in building and developing a character.
He involved me very much in the script, we went through the process of getting the final script together by acting it with the other actors and then Armaan changed it according to what felt best to us, the actors.
- You have starred in the likes of The Boat That Rocked and The Prince Of Persia so how have you found the transition into the movie world?
I love the movies, I love the cinema, this is my biggest passion. I really feel like modelling is my job and acting is my passion.
- But Soulmates is one of the smallest movie projects that you have worked on so how much did you enjoy working on such an intimate and character driven piece?
I loved it, its much more personal when you're working on a small production especially when I could change the script and work through the process with the director and actors.
- You have had a very successful modelling career so what did you decide to make that lead into acting?
My base was always the stage, before modelling I used to be a ballerina in the Israeli National Ballet, I always wanted to go back to the stage and when I moved to london I started acting. I love acting and creating.
- How much is acting now a focus for you?
It's my main priority at the moment. I'm not going to give up on modelling because I love that swell, but acting is the direction I am going in right now.
- Are there any particular projects that you would like to work on or actors/directors you would like to work with?
I love Roman Polanski and Quentin Tarantino. I would love to have a part in any of their movies. I love, love, love Johnny Depp as well as Robert Di Nero, so to star next to them would be amazing.
- Finally what's next for you?
I'm about to fly to LA for some meetings, and hopefully if all goes well, LA will become my second home after London!