Niv Sultan Tells Glenn Close How She Became a Mossad Agent

5/25/2022 12:15:00 AM

The Jerusalem-born actor and her season two co-star discuss the rewards of making art out of conflict.

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On the heels of the new season of AppleTV's 'Tehran,' the actor NivSultan talks to the legendary GlennClose about creating art out of conflict and the thrill of making a groundbreaking show without help from Hollywood.

The Jerusalem-born actor and her season two co-star discuss the rewards of making art out of conflict.

SULTAN: It feels like it was yesterday. What an amazing experience.CLOSE: Did you learn how to shoot a gun?SULTAN: Only my imagination. I had no one to talk to, honestly. I don’t think many Mossad agents will tell you those things.CLOSE:What was the first scene that you and I did together for season two?

SULTAN: That’s a very interesting thing about the show. We shot in Athens, and there are a lot of refugees in Greece. Most of our extras were refugees, and they had crazy stories escaping in search of freedom.’s director]?TehranCLOSE: Did you go into this project knowing that it was going to be with Apple?

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SULTAN: You too. I’m so excited to chat. | UPDATED: May 23, 2022 at 4:53 a. CLOSE: It’s incredible to have such an intense experience, like we had, and then not see each other for so long. Reaction to the post immediately gathered pace, with 1. But now I feel like we’re back at it. Those expansive, dark green tarps covering Mount Davis at the Coliseum do more than pay homage to the A’s glory days. SULTAN: It feels like it was yesterday. The former senator's closing message remained evocative of his campaign so far, falsely arguing in a Monday press conference that Kemp "allowed fraud to happen in our election" and "denied it.

What an amazing experience. Besides displaying the names and numbers of the A’s greatest players, the tarps exist to provide permanent cover for thousands of the ballpark’s empty seats." Another replied: "He's still in the picture!" A third added: "You know it’s official when she gets your initial on her nails. CLOSE: I’m going to start this by asking you: how did you become Tamar? How did you get into her character, and what attracted you to her? SULTAN: It was a crazy process, because the character is so different from me. I had to learn so many things. There’s no secret why people aren’t showing up to their aging, dilapidated home. The biggest challenge was the Farsi. Other guests included Kourtney's three children, Mason, 12, Penelope, nine, and Reign, seven, who she shares with ex Scott Disick, and Blink 182 drummer Travis' children, Landon, 18, and Alabama, 16. I thought it would be similar to Arabic and learning it would be easy for me, but it’s a completely different language. To A’s fans, that’s three strikes — and all but the team’s most imperturbable followers are out." The other side: In an 8-minute long tele-rally with Perdue minutes after Pence stopped speaking, Trump repeated his attacks on Kemp, calling him "a governor that’s done the worst job of any governor in probably decades on election integrity.

I had to immerse myself in Iranian culture in order to tell this story. I needed to understand what it means to be Iranian, how rich that culture is. “A voice was calling. Fans labelled the outfit as inappropriate for an eight-year-old – with the ensemble ultimately being something that fans would expect sex-tape making star mother Kim to wear. When I met Iranian people on set, I realized they are homesick—they love their culture and miss their country. It was really powerful. As Dolich sat in the Coliseum among an intimate gathering of just 3,700 fans, he was consumed with pain and anger. I also had to work on my martial arts skills. it’s f**king weird) this is a fabulous outfit.

CLOSE: Did you learn how to shoot a gun? SULTAN: I learned how to shoot and fight, it’s very challenging to make that look real. “What we accomplished as an organization, to see that get washed away now in this Bermuda Triangle to wherever is gutwrenching. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve rehearsed the choreography—when you get on set, everything is constantly changing. Suddenly, there’s a couch in the middle of the frame, or a person, and you need to adapt everything you’ve practiced on the spot. But this may help: the A’s drew a paltry 13,884 fans throughout their just-completed three-game series against the Twins – and it was a nearly 30 percent improvement over their attendance from their previous three-game series." Do you have a story to sell? Get in touch with us atwebcelebs@mirror. It made me feel alive, I loved the action scenes. In a psychological sense, I had to get into the mind of a Mossad agent living undercover, and what it means to sacrifice your life for your country, or for a larger purpose. Their tiniest crowd was shameful – the A’s drew a major-league low 2,488 fans earlier this month against Tampa Bay.

CLOSE: Did you use your imagination, or did you talk to people? SULTAN: Only my imagination. Read More Read More. I had no one to talk to, honestly. A Coliseum source told this news organization there were actually only 1,452 fans at the stadium during the A’s game on May 2. I don’t think many Mossad agents will tell you those things. CLOSE: How did you access that side of yourself? SULTAN: At the heart of it was Tamar’s family, and mine as well. Dolich, a former president for business operations and marketing for the A’s, doesn’t blame fans for the turmoil at the turnstiles. In the first season, Tamar’s dad is very important to her—my dad was born in Morocco, he’s also an immigrant.

I think that immigrants, regardless of where or when, all experience the challenge of finding their place in a foreign society. “This is all self-inflicted. Tamar has this strong motivation to make her dad proud, and to make him feel part of Israeli society. I have to say, I feel that pressure to succeed in order to make my people and my family proud. “Has anyone ever heard from him? He’s owned the team for 17 years now and it’s his prerogative not to speak on behalf of the organization, and to have Lew (Wolff) and now (president) Dave (Kaval) speak for him. That’s what I drew on. CLOSE:What was the first scene that you and I did together for season two? SULTAN: We shot at the hospital. The fanbase is paying good money for seats, suites, parking, brats and beer.

CLOSE: Oh, I forgot about that. I remember that the man who played the Revolutionary Guard was actually a refugee. “I do find (Fisher’s silence) somewhat problematic because he’s in such a significant position. SULTAN: That’s a very interesting thing about the show. We shot in Athens, and there are a lot of refugees in Greece.” It wasn’t always like this in Oakland. Most of our extras were refugees, and they had crazy stories escaping in search of freedom.

CLOSE: How was your relationship with Danny [Syrkin, Tehran ’s director]? SULTAN: He gave me a lot of freedom.9 million fans) and the following year they even had the highest payroll in baseball ($33 million). At the beginning, I freaked out because it was too much. I was like, “Talk to me! Tell me what to do!” Eventually he said, “Listen, you are Tamar. He sees a confusing ticket campaign that began charging their most loyal customers, season ticket holders, nearly double what they paid a year ago. At the end of the day, you know what’s good for her.” I realized later what a gift he gave me. Then, to spark fan interest recently, the team has undercut those season ticket holders by offering dirt cheap entrance into the park.

I found the confidence to just try things out, knowing that he trusted my instincts. CLOSE: How did you feel when you learned that Tehran was picked up by Apple TV+? SULTAN: I freaked out. “Any basic marketer in whatever product your offering knows this. I’m super grateful for this opportunity, but at the end of the day, I’m mostly happy to know that so many people around the world have been touched by this story. For people to see me speaking Farsi and English with an Israeli accent was a huge thing for me. A’s tickets are two-for-$10 or $5. I’m only at the beginning of my career, so knowing that so many people loved the show is an incredible feeling.

CLOSE: Did you go into this project knowing that it was going to be with Apple? SULTAN: No, we had no idea what would happen. “The A’s are offering deals that are destroying the credibility of their product and it hurts that core group of fans. CLOSE: Wow! SULTAN: We did the first season without a platform. We felt the magic of what we were doing, but you never know. Business hasn’t been this bleak for the A’s since their 1979 team attracted the fewest fans of any MLB team in nearly 70 years — a shockingly low 306,000 fans came to the Coliseum that year. Then, all of a sudden we won Best Drama at the International Emmys. CLOSE: Tehran is the first Israeli show to win an Emmy, and the first non-English show on Apple TV+. A’s pitcher Paul Blackburn, who used to come to games at the Coliseum as a youngster growing up in Oakley, is sympathetic to what Oakland fans are feeling.

You have pioneered what I think will become the new normal, and I salute you for that. SULTAN:[Laughs] Thank you. “We’ve had a lot of great players over the last four to five years when I’ve been here and to see those guys leave from a fan perspective, I get it. CLOSE: Why do you think people across the world were so engaged with the first season? SULTAN: First of all, it’s a very gripping, fun series. Second, we’re telling a timeless story about relationships and challenges. “The (new) ballpark is the key to having a larger payroll so we can compete more effectively with bigger market clubs, have a better fan experience and retain players,” Kaval recently told this organization. It doesn’t matter where you live, or what conflict is impacting your life.

At the end of the day, we all love our families, and we just want to protect our people. That’s when the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission votes whether or not to approve the A’s request to use 56 acres of port-designed property for their $12 billion ballpark project. I believe that’s something anyone can relate to. CLOSE: What was it like growing up in a region of great conflict? SULTAN: Israel, obviously, is full of conflict. To believe that though, you’d also have to believe in divine intervention. There are countless shows, movies, and plays about it. When I read the script, I remember thinking that this show offered a different perspective on the Israeli-Iranian conflict. Together, those 1,452 might have delivered an omen.

It wasn’t about politics, it was about humanity. I was also really charmed by the way the show depicts Tehran. I’ve never experienced the magic, music, and beauty of Iranian culture on screen, I only knew what I’d read in headlines and newspapers. I was really proud to be part of the show. CLOSE: What is Tamar’s journey from season one to season two? SULTAN: In season two, Tamar is very good at pushing her feelings aside.

She was trained for that, but in season two we find her really emotionally involved. That’s a bad thing for an agent because there’s so much at stake. CLOSE: What do you think makes Tehran especially unique? SULTAN: I think the beauty of Iranian culture hasn’t really been explored on screen at this scale before. It’s not about governments, it’s about people. The conflict exists between governments, but real people of Iran and Israel don’t live the conflict, we live our lives.

The series shows us that a connection can exist between Iranian men and Israeli women [Tamar and Milad]. I think it’s a very interesting point of view. It’s also a very underground series, in a way. There’s something edgy, dark, and imperfect about it, which I love. It’s different—organic, authentic, not American.

CLOSE: That’s one of the things that attracted me to it. The cast and crew were not speaking English. What kind of project would you like to take on next? SULTAN: I’m only at the beginning, so I want everything. I want to keep playing characters that challenge me and refine my skills. CLOSE: We’re very lucky to do what we do.

SULTAN: I have to tell you that before you arrived, the Israeli crew were really nervous. They didn’t know how to react to you, and everyone was whispering. But you arrived with this cheerful energy. I don’t know if you remember, but one day, in between takes, you were walking around singing. After that, everyone relaxed.

It was very warm, we became a family on set. CLOSE: Oh, that’s nice. It’s so important to establish that trust. .