“Moving to London was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I am very grateful for the opportunities I got here. Who knows where I was today if I would if stayed in Tel Aviv, who knows if I would of gone into Acting school?”
Mai Arwas was a performer since the day she was born, running around the house with the camera asking everyone to film her while she performs. In school every project that she had the opportunity to give the project as a film, Mai’s friends would gather around her and would know “Yes, We are filming”.
While in London Mai has studied acting at Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead, where Kate Winslet had studied. She also attended Arts Ed and Met Film school in Ealing Studios. Mai always strives for more and she decided to pack up and go to Hollywood, where she studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in LA, where Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Julie and James Dean are 3 of the many other actors that have trained with those same teachers.
While working on a character for a feature film at the moment, Mai’s most recent credits include a lead role in an award-winning independent film, The Departure (Winning ‘Best Director’ At the First Glance Film Festival in Hollywood), a feature film, One Chance, a few short films and some commercials. As well as the film and TV experience she has also been in many stage productions this includes; ‘A Bleepin’ Work of Art’, ‘I Love You, You Are Perfect, Now Change’ and ‘The Lights Twinkle Sometimes’. Mai surrenders herself to every role she gets, exploring the characters in herself and vice versa.
Arwas, 24, seems to have made a good start, but she knows her road to making it big in Hollywood will be a long and bumpy one.
She has always enjoyed the spotlight. She landed her first modeling job at age 8 at a clothing company in Israel called “Solog”. She then at the age of 10 got chosen as a lead singer in “The Kinder Gimel”, a band that represents the scouts where Mai grew up. Having performed in front of thousands of people, it has only made Mai want to be in the spotlight more then ever.
Mai is still always studying and taking classes when ever she can, at the moment she takes courses at RADA (One of the best Drama Schools in London). As Mentioned earlier, entering the Strasberg Institute has definitely filled all the missing pieces. Her teachers taught her to scrap the psychological walls that she had built around herself over the years and just let go and trust her instincts.
She has been to countless auditions in Los Angeles during her stay, but has secured only about 10 roles. While in London Mai has auditioned for many different roles and has also secured about 15 roles now and she keeps on going. All this is still not enough for Mai “I am very grateful for what I have done so far but I know where I want to be and there is still a massive road a head of me and I am going to keep on going. You never know what awaits for you around the corner so you gotta keep on going” Arwas says to us.
“When you think the audition went really well, you don’t get it. But when you walk out of the room with tears in your eyes and think ‘damn I screwed it up’ – thats when you get the call back” she says. “You walk in as if the part is already yours and you leave it all in the room when you leave. You gotta forget about it once you are out and focus on the next one”
Reading scripts and acting scenes for directors have always been a nerve-racking experience for Mai Arwas. She likes to challenge herself with roles that have a different personality and lead a dramatic and different life to hers.
She often takes her character home to study its physical behavior and discover emotions that she can use on the set.
“Velma in Birdbath was a role I got at a production, directed by Hedy Sontag, and incredible woman,” she says. Mai said that this by far has been the most challenging role she has ever worked on but the best one so far.
Another role Mai has had pleasure of being cast in is at a one act production called “A Bleeping Work Of Art” directed by Kamil Haque. “My character was an actual real person that I had to be, I had to find the behavior and to read about her and find the similarities and work with that. I don’t believe in imitating and copying people, that’s why we have impersonators. I am an actress – We create, and creating has to come from our inner self”
Mai is now living in Central London, while she is in the process of getting her work visa in order to get back to the City Of Angels. As much as she loves London, she feels as if she needs to be in Hollywood, where it all really happens.
“When I will be able to choose where I want to live, I will. For now I have got to go where my work will take me, and this time my next stop is Los Angeles”
We had one last question for Mai regarding how she described her journey and what keeps her going and she said “Our life is an ongoing journey so we must enjoy every second of it. We are meant to live our life happy and we are meant to have the most amazing life. I live my life, knowing what I want and I know I will get it, not sure how…. but I know I will and that keeps my spirits up and the happiest I have ever been – Start with being GRATEFUL for what you already have and be grateful for what you want as you have already got it ;)”
Thank you Mai for that great insight, we wish you the best of luck and we look forward to catching up with you soon all the way from LA LA Land.