PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Meital Dohan is an accomplished comedian, a talent actress in theater and film and television, and a hit-making singer with a legion of LGBT fans.
Known as Meital, American audiences loved her in the supporting role as Yael Hoffman in the Showtime comedy, “Weeds.”
Meital will be performing this weekend at White Party Palm Springs, and she says she cannot wait to climb on stage and perform in front of her “gays.”
She speaks with San Diego Gay & Lesbian News about why she calls herself a “gay boy at heart,” what’s it was like growing up in Israel, what’s going on with her ever-busy career, what the future holds, and she shares with readers an unusual video of her “kitty cat.”
SDGLN: You’re performing at White Party Palm Springs on Friday, March 29. Have you been to White Party before, and what do you expect?
MEITAL: Yes, I had the pleasure of performing at White Party last year and it was just a total blast. I felt so embraced by all the DJs, artists and fans there and it was just a remarkable experience to be so immersed with all my yummy boys.
SDGLN: Do you have anything special planned for White Party?
MEITAL:I can’t give anything away but let’s just say to pack your fan because it’s going to be HOT!
SDGLN: Love your description of yourself as a “gay boy at heart.” What do you mean by that? Why do you identify so much with gay men?
MEITAL: I’m just identifying with the passion that gay guys have about everything from fashion, to love, from sex to life.
SDGLN: Who buys more of your music? Gays or straights? Can you be successful in the dance music genre without support of the gays?
MEITAL: I’m very happy that everyone loves my music, gays and straights alike.
SDGLN: How active are you in managing your career? Do you oversee all the details, or leave that to others?
MEITAL: I love collaborating with the strong people who can inspire me and make a strong team. I’m the master of my own universe.
SDGLN: Who are your musical inspirations, and why did they influence you?
MEITAL: I have so many musical inspirations – everyone from the Beatles, Madonna, Prince, Bob Marley, Nina Simone to Kanye West and Bon Iver. I am influenced by artists who want their music to really stand for something. They aren’t just putting music out into the world that’s fun to listen to, but rather, their music has always stood for something and been a true expression of their own personal ethos.
SDGLN: Where do you see yourself in five years, and will it be any different from today?
MEITAL: I see myself sitting on top of a diamond-encrusted throne being fanned, fluffed and fed the finest caviar.
No, but really, I’m on a mission to rule the world and empower people with my music and I know in five years it’s going to be even bigger, and have an even wider reach. I try not to focus too much on what five years looks like because I’m so in the now, and really focused on making the now count.
SDGLN: Fans loved you on “Weeds” on Showtime and your role in “Woke Up Dead.” What other acting gigs do you have coming up?
MEITAL: I have a secret TV project that I’m very excited about as well as the film adaptation of my play, “Stitching.”
SDGLN: What was life like for you growing up in Israel? And when did your peers discover your artistic gifts?
MEITAL: Growing up in Israel was really wonderful. It’s a very holistic and inspiring place; a great place to experience childhood. I didn’t actually know I wanted to be an actress until I left Israel for a summer program in Virginia, and once I tried out acting, it just felt right. Like when you try on the right pair of shoes and you just can’t imagine wearing any other ones.
SDGLN: You’ve done it all: Television, film, theater, comedy and music as well as writing. Do you have a favorite art form?
MEITAL: It’s funny because I’m always asked what I like best and for me there really isn’t a best. I think when you’re an artist, a performer, a very creative person, the point is to be in a perpetual state of creating.
Whether I’m on set of a feature film or in the studio writing a song, I am fully immersed in what I’m doing and feel totally connected to it. Since music is relatively new in my life, I am definitely really inspired by this journey and all the surprises it brings me every day.
SDGLN: What is something that your fans don’t know about you?
MEITAL: I became a singer because my healer/psychic in Israel told me I should be making music. Also, I’m gluten-free. I’m also very passionate about the Sheba Medical Center, a charity I support called Friends of Sheba, which is the largest medical center in the middle east that is helping people of every race, religion and color.
Oh, have you met Charlie?
SDGLN: Single or taken?
MEITAL: Music is my boyfriend. We have a great sex life.
SDGLN: What do you do for fun?
MEITAL: I think I’m pretty lucky that what I do for a living is pretty fun. It’s cool to wake up every day and get to do things like be on set for a music video, collaborate with great music producers, work on a film. I’m also a bit of a jet-setter and love to vacation every few months to recharge. I’m really into St. Barth and I’m going to Europe next week for a bizcation (half business/half vacation). I’m doing a few shows there and I’m sure it’s going to be fun.
SDGLN: If you could have the ultimate dinner party and invite three guests (dead or alive), who would be there and why?
MEITAL: I’d have to invite one living filmmaker, one dead musician, and one amazing artist. Woody Allen, Bob Marley and Andy Warhol.
Woody would bring the laughs. Bob would bring the music … among other things 😉 Andy would bring the provocative conversation. Sounds like the perfect dinner party to me!
Ken Williams is Editor in Chief of SDGLN. He can be reached at [email protected], @KenSanDiego on Twitter, or by calling toll-free to 888-442-9639, ext. 713.