THE NATIVITY STORY
OSCAR ISAAC is Guatemalan by birth, and internationally diverse by family heritage. Isaac graduated from the Drama Division of the Juilliard School in May 2005. He began his film acting career by putting himself on a tape for the role of a Russian gangster/hustler for PU-239. Isaac's tape impressed writer/director Scott Burns to cast him opposite Paddy Considine and Radha Mitchell, and after seeing Isaac's performance, producer Steven Soderbergh cast him in his own feature Guerrilla opposite Benecio del Toro. His other film credits include Blood In The Sand and All About The Benjamins. He was also a guest star on "Law and Order: Criminial Intent". Isaac has also starred in the musical revival of "Two Gentelmen of Verona" adapted by John Guare and Mel Shapiro for the NY Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park program. He followed PU-239 by starring in "Beauty of the Father" by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz and director Michael Grief at Manhattan Theatre Club. Other theatre credits include: "Arrivals and Departures," "When It's Cocktail Time in Cuba," and "Spinning into Butter". While at Juilliard he starred in the title role of "Macbeth," co-wrote and performed his music in the show, "American Occupation," as well as acted in "The Marriage of Figaro," "The Birds," "Three Sisters," and many others. He also attended Master Classes with such actors as Sir Ian McKellen, Fionna Shaw, Simon Russell Beale, Brenda Blethyn, Alfred Molina and was the recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award in 2004. Oscar also writes and performs music with his band. He was raised in Miami and currently resides in New York.
Hiam Abbass was most recently seen in a co-starring role in director Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu's Babel. Abbass was born in the actual town of Nazareth. She studies photography and theatre. In 1988, she left her home country and moved to London, then Paris where she began her acting career in movies. She worked early on with French and Middle Eastern directors including Rachid Mashharawi, Christophe Ruggia, Didier Bivel and Ahmed Boulane. Soon, she was starring in Raja Amari's Satin Rouge, The Syrian Bride by Eran Riklis and the Academy Award-nominated Paradise Now, directed by Hani Abu Asaad. Other film credits include Amos Gitai's Free Zone and Steven Spielberg's Munich. She has also written and directed two short films, Le Pain and La Danse Eternalle.
On Munich, Babel and The Nativity Story, Abbas worked as an acting coach, often helping children and other first-time actors to access their emotions for the camera.
She lives in Paris with her husband and two daughters.
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