You may recognize Meital Dohan's beauty from her role in the hit show 'Weeds,' or perhaps her character 'Aurora' in the Sony Pictures web comedy Woke Up Dead (co-starring Jon Heder and Wayne Knight). If you don't recognize Meital, however, you may want to start taking notes.
As if acting and writing a book (Dohan penned the racy book "Unmasking the Most Intimate Feminine Moments") weren't enough, the Tel-Aviv born beauty has decided to grace our ears with her punchy, upbeat techno-pop music on top of everything else.
On the heels of MTV picking up her debut video for "Yummy," Meital took some time out to chat with Joonbug about her recent success and what's happening next for her --and her vision of being Andy Warhol's girl!
Joonbug: How does it feel finally getting to release a single to such huge outlets like MTV and MTVU?
Meital Dohan: I've always thought that if you're going to make an entrance, why not make it BIG. It was a bit surreal at first to see my music video on MTV. I've watched MTV for so many years, so to go from being their audience to being one of their featured artists feels pretty rewarding and great.
What was the inspiration behind your music video for “Yummy?" It was pretty entertaining to watch! Did you have to do any training for that right-hook?
Yes, I trained by punching out my ex-boyfriends and guys who stalk me too much. I wanted to create a secret fantasy that people might have about the pressure that is put on us as people living in the modern world. We are so overloaded with information and expectations that sometimes you just need to punch a stranger in the face. These days women have to wear so many hats; we have to be sex symbols and superheroes at the same time. The video shows that contrast. [The video is] kind of a cross between Michael Douglas' Character in "Falling Down" and Stallone in "Rocky."
Do you feel like there’s a certain stigma for actresses (and actors) who make their way into the music field?
I think there can be a stigma whenever a person endeavors to do something new, but I think if you do it well, people embrace it. Some of the greatest artists were not one thing, and certainly did not produce one kind of art. I feel lucky that I am able to express myself in a variety of mediums.
What can fans look forward to with “In Hate with Love?" Anything that you’re especially proud of on this record?
They can look forward to a journey. They should expect to be dancing. To be relaxing. To be thinking, even laughing a little. In general, 'I'm In Hate With Love' is dealing with this generation trying to integrate emotion at such high level speed of life and dealing with flaws we have in relationships; the album takes on the changes of the stereotypical roles of men and women.
What’s the story behind the album title?
Because of the current roles of modern men and women, people are confused about love and relationships. I wanted to express that duality in the title.
Is there a certain song on the album you can’t wait for people to hear?
Yes, all of them!
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
I would awake Andy Warhol from his deep, deep sleep, and collaborate with him on a music video right now. He'd play my boyfriend and my girlfriend. He'd look like me. I'd look like him.
Did you find that you could take certain aspects you learned from acting into your singing career?
I've always been a performer, so whether I'm on a movie set or on a music video set, I'm still channeling this performative, dramatic part of myself. I think in acting you're always playing a part, but in music you get to play the part of yourself. It's still a part, of course, but it's almost like you've been cast in a movie to play yourself instead of somebody else.
What do you think sets you apart from other emerging artists?
Vision. I'm not the kind of person to just show up and do as I'm told. I've been involved in my music from the writing side, all the way to the video conception. What I love so much about my music is that I've been able to be the creative force on it from a 360 view. I'm also pretty fearless. I don't care about offending people or being too provocative. I want to put music and ideas out there that are interesting and engaging. If it serves that purpose, then I'm happy.
You’ve been called ‘the triple threat’ more than once – out of everything you’ve done: singing, acting, penning a book, is there a particular one you’ve enjoyed more than others?
Yes, acting and music are definitely my favorites. I've had the pleasure of taking on so many interest roles as actor across so many mediums and now I'm happily devoting myself to music
Image courtesy of meitaldohan.com