Naya Federman is perhaps Israel’s most talked about new prodigy in entertainment, and for no little reason.
At only the tender age of eight, her career began when she featured in the hit classic musical The Jungle Book. By the age of 12, she had already landed her first movie role, Guavas, and proceeded to feature in three hit summer movies: The Treasure Across the River, Gesta, and On the Edge: Gesta 2.
Along with her other impressive accomplishments, Federman performed as Debbie on the stage musical hit Billy Elliot and recorded the theme song as Disney’s Princess Repunzel for the popular animated TV series Tangled. Federman even earned the role of Ori in Nickelodeon’s three-season sitcom Dog House — a television show that is an absolute hit all around the world.
“This was Naya’s favorite role,” a source close to Federman said. “She mainly enjoyed the work with the cast, the director with a very strong comic sense, and the fun they had can not be missed on the screen.”
Although Federman’s career is definitely on track, there have been situations where auditions didn’t secure her the role — even when she absolutely nailed them. She has faced the disappointments that come with the cut-throat industry, but her success certainly outweighs any disappointments – the way she carries herself is highly impressive for a person of her age.
“There was a specific part Federman really wanted in an internationally acclaimed drama series,” the insider said. “Naya was in Paris when she was called back for another, but last, audition to be chosen between herself and someone else. So, Naya flew back to Israel for a day, had a good audition, flew back to Paris only to hear that it was great, but matching limitations pushed the decision towards the other actress.”