‘Unorthodox’: How Shira Haas Crafted Her Riveting Performance in the Netflix Drama

Imagine delivering a career-defining performance in a language you don’t even speak.

That was the challenge presented to Shira Haas, the Israeli actress whose galvanizing turn propels “Unorthodox,” a four-part Netflix limited series about a young woman who leaves her Hasidic community behind.As the courageous lead character Esty, who abandons everything she knows in her search for self-actualization, Haas cycles through many different phases of her character’s journey, from childhood to marriage to her new life in Berlin.

She embodies these transformations in Yiddish and English — neither one is her native Hebrew tongue — with poise, nuance, and specificity, delivering a tour de force that makes “Unorthodox” entirely gripping from start to finish.More from IndieWireJason Bateman Says ‘Ozark‘ Ending Isn’t Too Far Away: ‘It’s Not a 12-Season Show”Coffee & Kareem’ Review: Netflix’s Raunchy Buddy Comedy Never Quite Kicks InBased on the eponymous memoir by Deborah Feldman,

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