This Alice takes one lengthy journey down the psychological rabbit gap.
In “Losing Alice,” a brand new sequence premiering Friday (Jan. 22) on Apple TV+, Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer stars as a middle-aged director who, throughout a prepare experience, encounters Sophie (Lihi Kornowski), a 20-something fan and aspiring author.
It’s a quick assembly that impacts each of their lives.
“I like the truth that Alice is somebody who just isn’t excellent by any means, but not unhealthy,” says Zurer, 51. “She’s not one thing we have seen earlier than; she’s very advanced in a method that feels new. She makes selections that we have seen males make however not essentially ladies. And I actually associated to the concept of the way you need to disappear inside a challenge or a role — virtually like erasing your self with the intention to create.”
Alice is understood for making daring and provocative movies, however her star has fallen since she took a step again to change into a mother along with her actor husband David (Gal Toren).
As the sequence progresses, it turns into clear that Sophie idolizes Alice — and is working on the form of gutsy screenplay that is just like Alice’s old initiatives. The two ladies change into ensnared in a cat-and-mouse sport of jealousy and obsession, as their relationship spirals between friendship, mutual inventive success and hostility. Alice should additionally reckon with the tough stability between her inventive initiatives and her household.
“Some days [of filming] had been very heavy and had thick power to them, involving feelings like jealousy or concern or obsession or self-hatred, and a few had been enjoyable and releasing,” says Zurer.
The actress, who relies in LA, splits her time on an equal variety of Israeli, American and worldwide initiatives. She’s best-known for big-screen films like Stephen Spielberg’s “Munich,” 2013’s “Man of Steel,” the Israeli sequence “BeTipul” (the premise for HBO’s “In Treatment”), “Daredevil” and the hit Netflix stalker drama “You.”
“I shuttle [between America and Israel] on a regular basis,” she says. “I’ve labored in Israel since I left as a result of it is a part of my identification in a method. It is my language and my viewers. But I all the time attempt to decide on initiatives which can be significant for me, and so once I return, I want a superb motive to take action creatively.”
“Losing Alice” supplied her with a motive — however it virtually did not occur.
“This was positively a type of fortunate ones, as a result of at first once I talked to [the show’s creator Sigal Avin] she needed me to learn the issues she despatched me on Skype,” says Zurer.
“And I knew I could not pull it off for her, as a result of there’s such depth to [the show] that you simply could not actually do it with out an actor in the identical house. I simply did not see it occurring, and so we let it’s. But then I occurred to be in Israel as a result of my mother fell and broke her elbow, and once I flew in for a few days, Sigal contacted me.”
“It’s actually the roles and the subject material that strikes me,” she says. “I attempt if I can to decide on issues the place I see potential for them to have a significant impression.”