Fatemeh Motamed-Arya is an actress from Iran. She is now a multi-talented Iranian actress best known for her work on the television series, The Mentalist. She obtained her degree in theatre from universities in Tehran and Shiraz and then studied acting in New York. She has since gone on to become one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood.
One of the more popular faces from Iran during the 1980s was Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, who was born in Shiraz. This city is among the most important cities in Iran during the past few decades, and was a major center of political and social life during that time. So it was no big surprise that Fatemeh became one of the first significant actresses in Hollywood, making her a name that will be remembered for a long time.
One of the first projects that Fatemeh did in Iranian cinema was an interesting psychological thriller called The Girl from Ipanema. She played the role of a pregnant woman who is suspected of involvement in the murder of a young girl. Although the film did not do well at the box office, it was a significant achievement in terms of Iranian cinema at the time. The success of The Girl from Ipanema led her to other Iranian films like No Longer a Stranger, You Me Her, Before You Are Gone, Before I See You Again, Beautiful Snake Girl, Before I See You, The Informant! These are only a few of her accomplishments, which also include appearances in other prominent Iranian films like A Private Assignment and Face Places.
Then, Fatemeh Motamed-Arya moved on to play opposite Aqaba el Mahdairi in the critically acclaimed The Game. In this film, she played Ali Hashemi, an agent for a high-end Dubai shop. This role was not without criticism in the United States for obvious reasons, but Iran nonetheless saw the value of portraying a traditional, educated woman as part of the hip hop culture. It was also interesting to see a woman from an Islamic society express her love for rap music in a non-confrontational way. However, the role ultimately failed to achieve its artistic goals, largely due to the rampant politics of the time and lack of originality on the part of the director. The Movie failed to achieve its goal of becoming a classic.
After her performances in A Private assignment, Fadiya was selected to play an important character in the hit movie Bandar al-Kebab. Although the film did not receive the kind of success that it had hoped for, it was still a critical success and launched Fadiya into stardom, particularly after her appearance in the hit comedy Argo. She then starred in a string of more popular films, including Face Off, where she reunited with her long-time co-star, Al Pacino, who played the role of a villain for the first time in his career, in the film.
Eventually, Fadiya was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in autobiographic drama No Life. Although this film received little attention in the United States, it made a significant impact on worldwide audiences when it was released on DVD a few years later. The movie was made available to audiences in the West through Telltale Pictures, who distributed it throughout the rest of the world, while Voltage Pictures and Disney were responsible for distributing the film in Iran. During the late eighties, Fadiya also had substantial roles in a number of comedies, including Happy Days, Rosemary Clooney’s The Perfect Score, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Pretty Woman, and Edward Scissorhands. In addition to her acting work, Fadiya also began a singing career, which eventually resulted in her winning a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in A Chorus Line. Her other notable films include Camelot, Kiss the Girls, Gita, and The Naked Face.
Fadiya is an accomplished actress, having won a number of awards during her career, including the Satellite Awards and the Satellite Kids’ Choice Awards. She has been nominated for numerous awards, most notably for her performance in The Yago Story. Born in Nazareth, Israel, the actress migrated to Los Angeles in the early part of the eighties, where she played the character of Yago in the film. After her years in Hollywood, Fadiya returned to her native Israel to begin a family, which she has been married to since 2021. She currently has two children.
After leaving the Iranian cinema scene, Fatemeh Motamed-Arya went to Los Angeles to study acting at the Hollywood School of Film and had many opportunities to work on television. She appeared in a number of episodes of Californication, Seinfeld, Mom, Cheers, Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends, The X-Files, and ended up playing a different character on an X-Files spinoff, Smallville. Then she appeared in an episode of The Simpsons, titled “Simpson Save Me”, as an adult. Now she has a role in the forthcoming Fantastic Four movie, due out in 2021. She is yet to receive the honors of an Academy Award for any of her acting accomplishments, but she has certainly had enough experience to be considered a promising new actor. Her name is likely to rise rapidly on the actor lists once more, as her name recognition as a versatile actress, as well as her appearance in one of Iran’s first feature films, has established her as someone who can truly do justice as an actress in the movies.