After breaking out in "Palmach" and "Dance of Fire," Naya Binstock stars in "Rise to the Head," the military comedy that is set to become the summer's big local box office hit.
In an interview, she tells why her and Noa Kirl's military service was hallucinatory and funny and what she hides from us on Instagram
Wednesday, 06 July 2022, 00:06 Updated: 00:12
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The queues at Ben Gurion Airport are so long and tiring lately that it is desirable to reach them full of energy, but at the beginning of the week the actress Naia Binstock showed up in the field after a day without rest. In addition to these two, she can now also be seen in the play "The Love of My Soul" at the Habima Theater, in the popular youth series "Comprehensive Milan" here educationally and in the fresh and glorious series "Fire Dance" available on vod of Yes. With such a sequence of roles, it's no wonder that Panai Plus has just chosen her to the list of fifty "beautiful and right." The flight, by the way, was not in professional circumstances for a change, but for a personal vacation.
Binstock starred three years ago in the movie "Pool Gas," but he was on a relatively low profile.
"Rising to the Head", on the other hand, is a military comedy that is supposed to go the way of "Zero in Human Relations" and "The Last Band in Lebanon" and break box offices.
Local distributors, including those not directly involved in its distribution, estimated it to be a "hysterical hit."
The film was directed by Daniel Adar, and stars the group known as the "Refreshment Channel", which broke out on social media and went viral, and is now moving to the big screen for the first time.
The three - Omar Rybak, Dor Muskel and Rotem Kaplinsky - play a pop band that makes Jacko Eisenberg's mistake and dares to say something publicly against the IDF. Whose whole purpose is to market the army, polish its image and increase its popularity among the younger generation.
The band's commanders are played by Rotem Sela and Eran Zarhovich, and the film features a variety of other anchors identified with Keshet 12, led by Alma Zack, but Binstock also has a major role to play.
She plays a network singer-soldier-influencer named Adele, with pink hair, piercings and papers typical of tic-tac-toe stars, who treats the new singer-soldiers as "dinosaurs" even though they are only one generation older than her, but is forced to cooperate with them.
Laughs all the way to the box office.
Naia Binstock (Photo: Or Danon)
"There's the scene where the commander, played by Rotem Sela, takes the soldiers on an ATV and shows them the basis - here Assaf Granit cooks and here there is a massage room, and it really reminds me of the treatment stars receive in the production section. It's a little funny that it's called an army.
Previous local films, such as "The Band", dealt with the military bands of yesteryear.
"Rising to the Head" deals with their modern incarnation - "Production Section", which houses under its umbrella the military bands, the IDF Theater and so on, and recently began to offer a special track for stars like Noa Kirl. For at least decades,
filmed it while serving in this setting, which does not prevent her from launching arrows at her.
That this is a satire on a military band, "she says in an interview with Walla!
Culture in preparation for its release.
"After watching the movie, my commander wrote to me, 'If it came out when we were both in the military, we would get a year's detention.'
"The situations that are laughed at in the film are situations that I laughed at in reality as well," she adds.
"This connection between the production section and the Israel Defense Forces is a bit delusional. There is the scene where the commander, played by Rotem Sela, takes the new soldiers on an ATV and shows them the base - here Assaf Granit cooks and here there is a massage room, and it really reminds me of the treatment "Productions. It's clear that in citizenship they would have received better treatment, and still - a little funny that it's called an army."
"The Band", the next generation.
From "Rising to the Top" (Photo: United King, David Scurry)
"We went through training so funny and so non-military teaching, and then in military service I was called to maintain a base with a weapon in hand. This situation made me so funny. Even if I had to, I would not know how to use a weapon."
Satire is nice, but it's easy.
What is the solution for you?
What should the military do with Noa Kirl, with you and with Oscar Gluch for that matter?
"The solution that is now is the solution probably, just do not have to deny what is happening. We went through training so funny and so non-military teaching, then in the military service I was called to maintain a base with a weapon in hand. This situation made me so funny. Even if I had to, "I would not know how to use the weapon. I was given tasks that I did not believe anyone up there thought I was the one to do them. It was very strange to think that I was the one who was supposed to defend the base at four in the morning. .
The protagonists of the film come to the fore because of a few sentences they said.
Unfortunately, this is something that can happen in our world today, probably in Israel.
Are you afraid it will happen to you too?
"The army is a taboo that should not be touched. Take for example what happened to Mia Landsman. I am not involved in the story so I do not want to go into it too much, but we go out of proportion here in response to statements. Mia said something and was confiscated for a very long time. "You try to maintain authenticity and not be politically correct all the time, because Khalas; on the other hand, in the end you want everyone to love you, and if you deviate a little from the norm, no matter which direction, there will always be people who will disagree with you."
"The army is a taboo that must not be touched."
Naia Binstock (Photo: Or Danon)
"There's what I spread to everyone and there's what I bring up to the circle of close friends. I usually show up there in the low moments, when I hate myself for a moment or when someone insults me. If something from there God forbid goes out into the outside world I might get burned , Or hysterical crying "
Is there anyone who does not love you?
"I'm a person who works at being loved. Unconsciously, that's my default. I have a tendency to avoid confrontations, and that's something I try to work on. I tend to downplay things that make me angry so as not to create a mess. I recently went for some medical examination. I was told on the phone Can go in, and when I arrived I was told I could not. "Just not a mess. I have a tendency to sacrifice myself to stay loved and in consensus."
How do you keep yourself on Instagram?
"There's what I spread to everyone and there's what I bring up to the circle of close friends. I usually show up there in moments of depression, when I hate myself for a moment or when someone has insulted me. .
"I'm a person who works at being loved."
Naia Binstock (Photo: Or Danon)
"Deep down I'm a narcissistic pop star just waiting to conquer the dream. For a long time I wanted to play an exaggerated character who puts a dick on the world. This film is the dream come true of eight-year-old Naia."
Binstock currently divides her time between Ramat Aviv and Ramat Hasharon, where she was born and raised, and is aware of the labels people have about this place and people who were born there.
"I know he is identified with superficiality, with money and with the fact that everything comes easily," she says.
"I was recently laughed at for hesitating for a second before I answer where I am from. I always have a bit of an embarrassment, because I know what goes through people's minds. I want to believe that I'm not like that and I really am not like that, and yet it's clear to me that I'm. Hasharon, and over time I learned to embrace them. "
How much do you look like the pop-ticking star you play?
"Adele is basically my alter-ego. Deep down I'm a narcissistic pop star just waiting to conquer the dream. For a long time I wanted to play an exaggerated character who puts a dick on the world. This movie is the fulfillment of eight - year - old Naia's dream. "I enjoyed it. I'm not good enough to be a singer, but that's what I do when I'm at home in front of the mirror - Sarah."
What is the most hypocritical thing about you and what is the most hipster thing about you?
"This is a great question! The saddest thing is that I want a Zadig bag, now. I want a bag for thousands of shekels. I will not buy it, but I want it. The most hipster: a few weeks ago I finished a show on stage and walked all the way to Ramat Aviv, I put on headphones "And I even bought a beer. To me, it's hipster to walk so much on foot."
I remember reading in an earlier interview with you that you like to wear oversize like Billy Aylish and I did like in my heart.
"It's terribly binding. You say something in an interview and then you have to stand by what you said. After reading it I said to myself, 'What if I came to a public event with a tight-fitting outfit? They would think that before that I was just trying to emulate a character I wanted to be?'
"In the end, I wanted to go out for a drink like everyone else. I liked Adele's look in the movie. I wish I was a pop star who came with such crazy clothes for premieres, but it's a bit excessive for me to wear them in reality."
"I hesitate for a second before I say in what city I was born."
Naia Binstock (Photo: Or Danon)
"I had a lot of worries, what's more I worked alongside actresses like Tom Forest and Alma Zack. How am I supposed to be funny and make it look like I'm not trying to be funny? I was afraid I had no idea what I was doing."
Asking what is the funniest thing that happened during filming is obvious.
So I'll ask what was the most unfunny thing.
"To answer the superficial or profound answer? Superficial: The makeup artist brought me a unique calf that can't be reached, and I lost it twice! The earring also the second time, it has consequences, and if you pay attention you will see that in the movie I wear different earrings. Tell me. Maybe the message was 'Pay attention to where you put your stuff, girl' "
"The deeper - this is the first time I play a comedic character. I did not formally learn acting, so I do the experiment and will be in front of the camera. I had a lot of concerns, what else I worked alongside actresses like Tom Forest and Alma Zack. "Like I'm not trying to be funny? I was afraid I had no idea what I was doing, but in the end I was relatively happy with the result."
Unlike many Israeli comedies, "Rising to the Head" does not contain racism, misogyny or homophobia.
Is that why you wanted to participate in the project?
"I have not been able to get scripts for things that are against my values, so the dilemma of whether to participate in something like this has not yet faced me. I guess if it had happened, my answer would have been no. To your question - yes, these things are important to me."
Your two grandmothers are Holocaust survivors.
Have you ever been interested in playing a Holocaust movie?
"I think it's more interesting to make a film about Holocaust survivors. It's more interesting to deal with the consequences of the Holocaust. To make a film that presents a daily story of a tragic soul. Not the plot background will be tragedy, but the soul of the main character and her daily struggle. That charge. These are the things I like to watch the most. "
Trailer for the movie "Rising to the Top" (United King)
"As a girl, the fact that I did not have a boyfriend is something that preoccupied me a lot. It probably also employs other girls who do not have a partner, so I think reading something like this can normalize this situation and strengthen them. At some point in my adolescence, I found myself to be the situation. Today I am very happy with it "
The choice of actress as "beautiful and right", which it does not mean, is in the eyes of the minimum in the minimum and in any case only the first of many degrees that Binstock will surely receive in her life.
There is no doubt that we will still see her in many local hits and perhaps also on the international screens.
All this because of her presence in front of the camera, the personal and unmediated charm she is endowed with in reality, and her great passion for creation.
Much of the conversation is devoted to reviewing movies and series she has recently watched.
Of all these, on one it is especially spilling - the mini-series "Pictures from Marriage".
"Ultimately, it's a series about two characters in a room, but wow what I went through with them! I still think about it sometimes," she says.
"The series shows that life is so complex that you can go crazy. I had a very powerful experience with it. It caught me at a suitable time, because I only recently discovered the world of relationships, and I'm still researching it myself and learning why everyone writes about love all the time."
I remember the title of the first interview with you ever was "Until I Was 19 I Didn't Have a Boyfriend."
"That's true, and I like that title. I do not know if 15-year-old Naia would have liked it, but I think it matters. As a girl, the fact that I did not have a boyfriend is something that preoccupied me very much. It probably employs other girls who do not. .
How is life dome and right?
"We changed from end to end ... and seriously, in my life it did not make me too much. I do not fully understand what this title symbolizes, but I was moved by the recognition - which included me among fifty people that this was supposedly their year. I looked at other names who chose them "In the letter N, there was also Noa Koller, Noa Kirl and Nono, for example."
"That they chose me as 'beautiful and right'? Really it did not make me too much."
Naia Binstock (Photo: Or Danon)
Are you very busy?
"No, I mostly have free time. At the moment I'm taking advantage of it to complain about it. I've not yet learned to get the best out of it. I'm always waiting for you to touch some outside production that will tell me what to do with my time. "That would take up most of my time. I was sad mainly because of the understanding that now I would have to think for myself how to fill the time. What do I want to do, if I want to do."
In "Dance of Fire" you touched on ultra-Orthodox society and on "Rising to the top" in the army.
That is, you have covered the two pillars of Israeli culture.
What else is left?
"To be an ultra-Orthodox soldier. To give you the list of characters I still want to play? It's very long. First of all, a drug addict. Then, if possible, a girl in clinical depression, and then all sorts of tragic characters. As a viewer these are always the content I like to watch the most. "Depressing and tragic content."
(Photographer: Or Danon. Hair: Eden Yerushalmi. Makeup: Noa Levy. Styling: Bar Friedman. Shirt - Calvin Klein for Factory 54. Shorts - The Attico for Factory 54. Shirt and pants Baker - Alexander Wang for Factory 54. Totlock - Lewis for Factory 54)
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