Tal Berkovich, a name and brand which is on everyone’s lips at the moment, is from Israel; she is a multi-talent with abilities ranging from international modeling and interviewing to TV hosting, and has graced many of the world’s most prestigious magazines, such as FHM and Playboy. Berkovich is known as the international face of prestigious brands ranging from LA Fitness, Harrod’s Cosmetics and Coca Cola. She has also moved into the world of reality TV, as she impressed the judges on “Strictly Come Dancing” with her range of dance moves during the competition.
Most recently, Berkovich lent her talents to the short film “Soulmates,” which had its premiere in the Short Film Corner ‘Court Metrage’ at Cannes Film Festival 2012. The film also screened at the London Asian Film Festival 2012 (‘Tongues on Fire’) Festival 2012.
“Soulmates” is directed and produced by Armaan Kirmani, and reflects on the relationships between the mixing cultures of the British Asian and immigrants. It examines the moral questions that those of us in modern society may or may not consider – what happens when we get married before we are ready, and what of those people who have been part of our lives for many years but did not have the capacity to commit? Does marriage always mean happily ever after, or is marriage just the beginning of a new journey full of trials and tribulations?
This film was made with Western production values but maintained its Eastern soul. Not really being Bollywood or British Asian per se, but trying to create an in between middle ground, where realities of the modern society versus traditional values are exposed. This film follows the lives of Imad, Tanya, Xara and Sameer, who each have a distinct personality and needs, desires and wants in life, under their particular circumstances. Does every relationship demand sacrifices or should we be more careful about choosing a partner that has a compatible way of thinking and personality?
Film Slate Magazine’s Jasmina Nevada was able to get the very in-demand Berkovich to take a few minutes out of her busy schedule to chat about her inspirations and her latest film project, “Soulmates.”
Film Slate Magazine: What attracted you to this script?
Tal Berkovich: I found that the conflict between Judaism and Islam [is] very close to my heart as I am from Israel. I am a hopeless romantic and believe that love can win over everything. I also loved playing someone who isn’t afraid and follows her heart.
FSM: How different did you find the preparation for this role as it encompassed moral, ethical and religious issues?
TB: It was a very emotional journey.My character wasn’t swayed by the different religions. All she saw is a man she loved, not his religion and she went through deep emotions. I had to prepare myself to portray and deal with these emotions as an actress and as my character. I would think about things in my life that would make me sad, so I was able to portray true feelings.
FSM: What elements with your character in the movie were you particularly concerned with bringing out to the audience?
TB: I didn’t have anything I wasn’t afraid to show in my character. I believe in the message of the movie and your character, as well as her actions associated with that. I believe in personal life you have the right to love anyone; it is about communications and love. Not a question of someone’s religion or background.
FSM: I note that your career has been varied from modeling, interviewing & presenting–what advice would you give to those starting out in one field and considering other options?
TB: I do believe in expanding your horizons and studying other areas, as it improves your talents in your original field. My advice would be, never be afraid to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. By doing so you might just discover something you really love.
FSM: What are you going to be working on in the near future?
TB: I am going to be spending some time in L.A. and have meetings with new agents there. I am also modeling all over the world and am currently the face of LA Fitness in the UK.