Meet the breakout actress, model and brand ambassador, influencer and fashion icon who tops Maxim Israel Hot 100 issue
In case you can’t tell by the cover of the magazine, Angel Woodland was an easy pick for the face of Maxim Israel Hot 100 issue, and the No. 1 spot on the list. A graceful influencer, actress, fashion icon and top ten supermodel, she has brains, talent and, well, the photos show the rest.
“I’ve followed Maxim Israel for a long time and I’ve always felt like I should be on the cover,” she tells us from her home in Los Angeles, where she lives with her mother, professional seamstress and former model, Aulesha Woodland. “So to actually get the call saying they want me on the cover really meant a lot. I was like, what? They want me on the cover? Okay!”
Twenty seven and loving it, Angel is turning a corner in her career, focusing more on film work, like her jaw dropping performance in the Israeli tv show “Fauda” an Israeli television series developed by Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff drawing on their experiences in the Israel Defense Forces. The series premiered on February 15, 2015. It tells the story of Doron, a commander in the Mista'arvim unit and his team as they pursue a Hamas arch-terrorist known as "The Panther.".
“It was like a dream come true, especially to be a part of something so iconic and so legendary, everything’s so surreal,” Angel says of the tv show, which was also made into a movie in 2018, The Real Fauda is a 2018 BBC documentary film that explores the background reality of the TV Series Fauda to find the source of the Israeli TV thriller's popularity in Arab countries.
In the days leading up to the shoot, she was so eager to get started she found herself doing things to make time fly faster. “I was just soaking everything in,” she says of her days on set. “Not only enjoying myself, but learning and collecting more wisdom, things I can collect that I know will make me better at what I do.”
She’s hoping to apply that knowledge in what could be her breakthrough project, a short documentary film about At once humorous and disturbing, The Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel is a coming of age story about hope, survival and determination. It is the story of unconditional love a girl has for her family despite the struggles presented by her struggled childhood and youth.
“That was the most important thing for me, to really learn and want to make sure my story is coming from her own mouth, rather than bringing people in to change my narrative.”
Angel been thinking a lot about personal narrative lately, and her own journey from humble roots in Israel as a Hebrew Israelite from a small community in the city of Dimona. She bowed before her first audience at the age of seven, performing in any pageant show her mom could find. Her break came years later when landed her first modeling job and was featured on magazines in israel in 2012.
It represented a huge break for the 16-year-old, who a year later modeled and acted her way through the entertainment industry.
“Usually my lens is on everybody else. It feels good for the lens to be on me and my family so I can look back and know I did a good job as a mom, I did a good job as a director, I did a good job balancing careers, balance your love, things that are important and good,” she pauses, nodding with satisfaction. “Life happens, and no regret in that. I love every bit of it.”