Hadas Yaron

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Hadas Yaron
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Hadas Yaron as Shira in Fill the Void
Born (1990-04-12) April 12, 1990 (age 29)
Years active2006–present

Hadas Yaron (Hebrew: הדס ירון‎; born April 12, 1990) is an Israeli actress. She began acting as a child and made her film debut as a supporting actress in the 2006 film, Out of Sight. Yaron is best known for her second role in the 2012 Israeli drama film, Fill the Void, as lead character Shira Mendelman. In September of that year, she received an Ophir Award[1] and became the first Israeli to win Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival.[2]

Early life[edit]

Hadas Yaron was born in Israel, to a Jewish family. She was raised in Tel Aviv. As an adolescent, she attended Tichon Eroni Alef Art School where she studied theatre.[3][4]

After completing high school, Yaron served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for two years as is compulsory for women in Israel.[5] "I was like a soldier but I wasn't a soldier," she said of her role in the army. "I was wearing my uniform, but I was in the educational system. I was kind of a guide in boarding school, like with kids and teenagers. I had a group and was with them all year long."[6] She describes her years in the IDF as being "like a pause in your life".[5]


"This is what ruins everything: fear. You are walking into a room and they are going to look at you and examine you and you feel very vulnerable in a way because you're very exposed. I said to myself, 'they are giving you an opportunity to read lines and to act,' so that helped me in a lot of auditions."

—Hadas Yaron on auditions[5]

Hadas Yaron began acting at the age of eight[7] and was first cast to perform in her first film, Out of Sight, at the age of 14.[3] Out of Sight focuses on a young blind woman (Tali Sharon) who returns to Israel from the United States on learning that her cousin, Talia, has committed suicide, and her attempts to discover the reasoning behind it. Yaron portrayed a young Talia for flashbacks.[8]

During and after her service in the army, Yaron worked as a waitress at a coffee shop in Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv to make ends meet.[5][7] She voiced the opinion that it's "funny that one night you're in an evening gown and the next you're back to serving coffee in the café".[7] In an interview on "Good Evening with Guy Pines", the owner of the café remarked, "She's not a very good waitress. She trips and falls over everything."[7]

Yaron auditioned for Rama Burshtein's film, Fill the Void, in 2010, and was cast in the lead role of Shira. Burshtein stated, "Hadas came towards the end of the process. I had seen everyone in Israel, but then she walked in and started the audition and I just burst out laughing like crazy because I knew that I had found her. The beauty of Hadas is that she didn't really understand what was happening. At one point I said to her, Hadas, you're 20 and you might be a huge star, what are you gonna do? She just smiled at me - this not understanding is really her beauty and what came through so well in the character of Shira."[9]

The movie follows the lifestyle and choices of a family living among the Haredi Jewish community in Tel Aviv. Yaron's character, Shira, is an 18-year-old girl who is pressured to marry her deceased older sister's husband after the latter dies in childbirth.[10] "It's all about emotions and choices and what leads you to do what you do," said Yaron. "I'm also young. But Shira is different from me because she is not familiar with all these feelings she experiences for the first time."[10] Yaron found certain aspects of her character's relationship with her brother-in-law, Yochay, difficult to convey because she "had never done a part where there was romance" before.[9] To become better acquainted with the traditions and regulations of Orthodox lifestyle, she began to learn the Hebrew blessings and, at Burshtein's request, attended all of the events that take place within the movie, including a wedding and a circumcision.[5]

The film was received well, and critics praised Yaron's performance.[11][12] In September, she won Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival and the Ophir Awards, Israel's version of the Oscars.[1][2]

In 2018, Yaron appeared as Sarah in Garth Davis's film, Mary Magdalene.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Out of Sight Young Talia Wolach
2012 Fill the Void Shira Mendelman
2013 Shtisel Libbi Shtisel, Akiva's cousin
2014 Felix and Meira Meira
2014 The Complexity of Happiness
2018 Mary Magdalene Sarah
2018 Troppa grazia


Year 2014 Award Best Actress Category 32nd Torino Film Festival Film Felix & Meira Result Ref(s)
2012 Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actress Fill the Void Won [14]
2012 Ophir Awards Best actress Fill the Void Won [1]
2014 Whistler Film Festival Best Actor in a Borsos Film Award Félix & Meira Won [15]
2015 Canadian Screen Awards Best Actress Félix & Meira Nominated [16]


  1. ^ a b c Yudilovitch, Merav (September 22, 2012). "Israel sends 'Fill the Void' to Oscars". Ynetnews. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Anderman, Nirit (September 8, 2012). "Israel's Hadas Yaron wins best actress at Venice Film Festival". Ha'aretz. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Caruso, Valerio (September 19, 2012). "Hadas Yaron, lead actress in Fill the Void, winner of Coppa Volpi". Euromed Audiovisual. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ Burshtein, Rama. "Fill the Void". Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e Loewenstein, Melinda (May 23, 2013). "4 Acting Tips From 'Fill The Void's' Hadas Yaron". Backstage. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  6. ^ Rojas, Morgan (May 23, 2013). "Exclusive Interview: Actress Hadas Yaron on her debut in "Fill the Void"". Tonight at the Movies. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d Steinberg, Jessica (September 11, 2012). "From the cafe to the box office". Times of Israel. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  8. ^ Wardropper, Chloe (November 3, 2006). "Israeli director explores abuse". The Wesleyan Argus. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Liberti, Brad (May 24, 2013). "Interview: Director, Rama Burshtein, and Star, Hadas Yaron, of 'Fill The Void'". Screen Picks. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  10. ^ a b Yaakov, Yifa (September 21, 2012). "'Fill the Void' to become Israel's Oscars entry". Times of Israel. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  11. ^ Turan, Kenneth (May 24, 2013). "Review: Transfixing 'Fill the Void' looks at love by arrangement". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  12. ^ Scott, A. O. (May 23, 2013). "For a Hasidic Woman, Weighing the Personal Against Larger Duties". The New York Times. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  13. ^ "Israeli Actress Hadas Yaron Joins Weinstein Co.'s 'Mary Magdalene' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. September 13, 2016. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  14. ^ "Hadas Yaron wins Best Actress in Venice". Ynetnews. September 8, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  15. ^ Katherine Brodsky (2014-12-08). "Whistler Fest Names 'Felix and Meira' Big Winner". Variety. Retrieved 2015-06-02.
  16. ^ "De nombreuses productions quebecoises en nomination aux prix Écrans 2016". Canadian Press, January 19, 2016.

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