In the CW’s drama series Cult, Alona Tal stars in the dual role of Kelly Collins/Marti Gerritsen. In the parallel worlds of this show-within-a-show, Kelly Collins is an LAPD detective in a fictional television series, who finds herself investigating the activities of the cult she escaped from years ago; and Marti Gerritsen is the actress who plays Kelly.
Tal captured the industry’s attention last November upon beating out Hollywood’s hottest it-girls for a breakout role in the Allen Hughes directed film Broken City. She stars opposite Mark Wahlberg in this political thriller about an ex-cop turned private investigator who trails the wife of New York City’s mayor only to find himself immersed in a larger scandal. This film co-stars Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta Jones and will be released in January 2013.
Born and raised in Herzliya, Israel, Tal spent two years in the Israel Defense Forces, prior to becoming an actress. Upon graduating from the Army, her first starring role was the lead in the Israeli film, Lihiyot Kochav (To Be A Star). During the filming of the movie she was offered roles in the soap opera Tzimerim and the sitcom HaPijamot. Tal did four seasons of the sitcom, which eventually gave her the chance to showcase her musical talent. Following this she recorded several songs with Israeli rapper, Subliminal.
Upon moving to the U.S. in 2004, Tal landed a development deal with Warner Bros. Past television credit include recurring roles on Veronica Mars and Supernatural, and guest appearances on Monk, The Cleaner, Lie To Me, The Killing and CSI.
Tal attended the Thelma Yellin School of Arts in Tel Aviv, as well as the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. She considers music and acting both equal passions.
She currently splits her time between Vancouver and Los Angeles.