Ayelet Zurer has become over the last few years a symbol of success to Israelis in Hollywood. With her roles in ‘Angels and Demons’ and ‘Adam Resurrected’ she established herself as a quality actress, and a top priority as a foreign actress among Hollywood producers.
Ayelet Zurer’s mother spent World War II hiding in Czechoslovakia, and it wasn’t until after the war that she reunited with her family and relocated to Tel Aviv, where Ayelet was born and raised. After finishing her mandatory army service, Ayelet moved to New York, where she developed her acting skills.
Ayelet’s big break in Israel came with her first role, in the teen-TV hit show ‘Inyan Shel Zman’ (‘A Matter of Time’). Later she was cast in the primetime drama ‘Florentin’ (named after a hip neighborhood in the south of Tel Aviv) and from that point on her career went up sky high with 5 Israeli Academy Awards nominations for Best Actress in outstanding roles in movies like “Ahava Asura” (‘Forbidden Love’) which was the biggest Israeli movie in 1997, ‘Haasonot Shel Nina’ (‘Nina’s Disasters’) for which she won the Best Actress award, and more.
In 2005, she starred as a series regular in the drama ‘Betipul,’ which was later bought and was adapted by HBO and was called ‘In Treatment.’ Ayelet won Best Actress for this role at the Israeli TV Academy Awards 2006.
Zurer’s first international role was in Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” (which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture), where she played Eric Bana’s wife. This role made her move to Los Angeles and pursue an international movie star career. After appearing in a movie with Dennis Quaid, she landed a role in Paul Schrader’s “Adam Resurrected,” where she played Gina Grey, a nurse who falls in love with the title character, Adam Stein, a disturbed Holocaust survivor played by Jeff Goldblum.
In April 2008, Zurer was chosen over other well-known stars for the role as the female lead opposite Tom Hanks in the ‘The Da Vinci Code’ sequel, entitled ‘Angels & Demons.’ This role was followed by an indie movie role by director Chris Eyre (‘Skins,’ ‘Friday Night Lights’) and a movie set for release in 2012, entitled ‘Darling Companion,’ where she co-stars with Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline. Also, Ayelet has recently shot the iconic role of Superman’s mother in the 2013 remake ‘Man of Steel.’
Ayelet’s Hollywood success draws a lot of attention from Israel. Israeli press follow her every move in every visit, and offer her roles and leads in a remarkable number of fashion campaigns.