Actress Antoinette Elias has won the pivotal role of “Ranim Hamadei” for the upcoming political thriller Enhanced Interrogation.
Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham talks about her casting, “Antoinette actually was referred to Producer/Writer Daryl Brooks from actress Dina Engel, who I believe was referred by a third actress.
Obviously I didn’t cast Antoinette without seeing her perform and when she did, she was terrific. She was utterly convincing and her Arabic accent was fantastic.
But I’ve got to be honest, there were two outstanding actresses who were just as brilliant. I decided to go with Antoinette because she seemed to be a less obvious choice.
By that I mean, the other actress looked more traditional in terms of the character description, while I just had a great feeling that Antoinette would ultimately be the right choice.
During the audition Antoinette admitted to me that she is really a sweet caring person, so playing a cold-calculating killer would be total unlike her, but something she was willing to explore.
I can’t wait to work with her and bring to life this riveting story.”
Antoinette Elias is an actor based out of New York City. She is a Pennsylvania native and a graduate of Temple University. In 2012, Antoinette landed the principal role in the world-premiere musical, The Centurion. While she thoroughly enjoys acting on stage, Antoinette also has a special passion for film. She has had both lead and supporting roles in several independent films, including Salam Shalom and Park 51, a powerful piece that screened at multiple festivals and won several awards. In addition to acting, Antoinette has also done beauty modeling for Givenchy, Makeup Forever, and IT Cosmetics. Antoinette trains at MTB Acting Studio in New York City, and she has performed in infomercials and commercials filming in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Antoinette has worked on many top television shows filming in New York, including Blue Bloods and Orange is the New Black. She has worked with Spike Lee and most recently, Eric Stoltz, on the set of Madam Secretary. Antoinette speaks fluent Arabic and conversational French.
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