Daniella Kertesz

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Daniella Kertesz
דניאלה קרטס
Born (1989-03-11) March 11, 1989 (age 28)
Jerusalem, Israel[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Daniella Kertesz (Hebrew: דניאלה קרטס‎‎; March 11, 1989)[1] is an Israeli actress.

She is best known for her role as "Segen" in the 2013 film World War Z. She also stars in the role of Onie in the psychological thriller/horror movie feature film AfterDeath (2015).

Biography[edit]

Kertesz was born in Ramat HaSharon, Israel. Her father, Gabriel Kertesz, is an architect who works on preserving historical neighborhoods and landmarks. He moved to Israel from Transylvania when he was nine.[2] Her mother, Dorothy, is an English teacher. She moved to Israel from Belgium when she was 20.[2][3] She is the youngest child in her family.[4][5] Her father was in an anti-aircraft unit in the Israeli Defense Forces, and her brother is a pilot.[2]

Kertesz spent her childhood growing up in Yemin Moshe in Jerusalem.[3][5] She moved to Tel Aviv when she was 14 years old.[3]

Kertesz originally was an avid dancer, studying dance from age three and attending the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. But her last summer living in Jerusalem, before she was to enter ninth grade, while visiting her brother in Tel Aviv she met a casting director in the stairwell of his building, and the casting director offered her an audition for a new television series.[3][5] She was given the part, and her first appearance was in the Israeli television series Reds (Adumot (he)), created by brothers Uri Barbash and Benny Barbash, at the age of 14.[3][4][5] She was the main character Noa Sperling, a 15-year-old soccer player who creates a girls-only team after being asked to leave the boys' team.[2][4] The show aired for two seasons.[2]

She then had small roles in two series in 2007, Screenz and Custody (Mishmoret), created by Irit Linur, in which she played Tamar, the young daughter of a twice-divorced father.[4] [5] Kertesz then acted in the drama series "Masks" on the Yes satellite network.[2]

Kertesz came to greater prominence playing in 13 episodes of the 2008 Israeli Channel 10 series The Naked Truth (he) (Ha-Emet Ha’Eroma) as missing 17-year-old Hagar Ben David.[4] That year she also played Avia, an innocent girl, in Israel Channel 10’s Loving Anna ( "Le'ehov et anna").[4][5]

Kertesz is best known for her role as "Segen" (a word literally meaning "deputy," but translated accurately as "lieutenant"), a junior officer in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) assigned to protect Brad Pitt's character's life, in the 2013 film World War Z.[4][6][7] She auditioned for the part in Tel Aviv, and then in Malta with director Marc Forster and the producers.[3]

She also stars in the role of Onie in the psychological thriller/horror movie feature film AfterDeath, released in 2015, and World War Z 2, set for summer of 2017.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008-2009 Ha-Emet Ha'Eroma Hagar Ben David 13 episodes
2013 World War Z Segen
2015 AfterDeath Onie

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bauder, Sarah (July 11, 2013). "Breakthrough Jew – Daniella Kertesz". Shalom Life. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ben, Coby (October 30, 2008). "'I'm my own biggest critic'". Haaretz. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Interview: World War Z's Daniella Kertesz". msn.co.nz. October 22, 2013. Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Breakthrough Jew – Daniella Kertesz". Shalom Life. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Ben, Coby (October 30, 2008). "'I'm my own biggest critic'". Haaretz. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ A. O. Scott (June 20, 2013). "These Dead Don’t Walk. They Run.: 'World War Z' Stars Brad Pitt Battling Zombies". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ Times of Israel Staff (May 31, 2013). "Saving Israel, the world, and Brad Pitt". The Times of Israel. The Times of Israel. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Script Development, Casting and Locations: The Making of AfterDeath (Part 2)". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 

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