Alona Tal is an Israeli actress with a major musical talent, who proves that if you’ve got what it takes, you can easily get into primetime television in America. No wonder Wyclef Jean mentored her musically and producer Rob Thomas (’90210,’ ‘Dawson’s Creek’) created a role especially for her.
Alona Tal started her career fresh out of the Israel Defense Forces, starring in an Israeli children’s musical video, in which she played an evil witch. Following that, she landed a lead role in the Israeli film “Lihiyot Kochav” (‘To Be A Star’) and starred in a few commercials.
Her big break in Israel came with the lead role in ‘Hapijamot’ (‘The Pajamas’), a sitcom about a struggling band, determined to make it in the real world. The show become very successful and Alona got to express her singing talent, as well as acting. After being a series regular on ‘The Pajamas’ for the first three seasons, Tal manifested her musical potential with Israeli rapper Subliminal, with whom she recorded a couple of songs, including one of his biggest hits, ‘Hafinaly,’ that she co-wrote.
Seeking some rest from her busy schedule, Tal went to New York City to live with her sister. In New York, she met singer Wyclef Jean and recorded a song “Party to Damascus” with him, singing the chorus in Hebrew. After she decided to stay in America and give her international career a shot, she took English diction lessons, where she learned to speak with an American accent.
In 2004, shortly after she arrived in Los Angeles, she landed the role of Meg Manning in the hit TV show “Veronica Mars” on The CW. Tal had originally auditioned for the lead eponymous role on the show, which went to Kristen Bell, but Rob Thomas liked her so much that he created the recurring role of Meg Manning specifically for her. She also played the recurring role Jo Harvelle in the second and fifth seasons of ‘Supernatural.’
Over the years Alona Tal has guest starred in many primetime shows in America, including ‘CSI,’ ‘The Mentalist,’ ‘Lie to Me,’ ‘Leverage,’ and the recent ABC Family hit ‘Pretty Little Liars.’