Meital Dohan Appears in Penthouse, Knocks Guys Out
Meital Dohan bears little resemblance to most pop stars. Unlike, say, Rihanna in Battleship, she can actually act, for one thing. Dohan, who is 32, spent the first 25 years of her life in Israel, where she worked as a theater and film actress of some renown. She's since embarked on a music career under the moniker Meital -- her first single "Yummy" has garnered almost 2 million hits on YouTube (the video is below), and her upcoming album I'm in Hate With Love, which will be released this fall, features international pop stars like Sean Kingston.
As her press release notes, Dohan has appeared in Penthouse, although she was not nude. In the music video for "Yummy," however, Dohan parades around wearing nothing but boxing gloves, quite literally knocking men out.
One of its locations is the beautiful house she now lives in up in the hills above L.A.; you have to walk across a series of stones that bridge a shallow pool to get to her living room. She jokes that she got the place from her ex-husband after she killed him.
Sitting on a white couch, Dohan speaks with an Israeli accent that drives home her sensuality, which is a big part of her music persona. Still, she doesn't seem constructed: Her teeth aren't Hollywood white; her breasts are of average size; her pink dress isn't overly revealing. She says she doesn't understand America's obsession with plastic surgeries, blaming the media for skewing women's perceptions of themselves.
Dohan was born and raised in an Israeli village and attended acting school in Tel Aviv. After earning her dramatic chops in a series of well-received plays, she began appearing in films and television. In 2001, she starred in the film Girafot, which earned her an Israeli Academy Award nomination for best actress, following that up with another nomination for God's Sandbox.
"I was really embraced by my country as an actress," she says. Dohan appeared in front of American cameras in award-winning festival films like Monogamy and a recurring part on Showtime's hit series Weeds. In that show, her character anally penetrates a man with a large strap-on.