Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Israeli import Noa Tishby became a household name in Israel with work in the hit soap opera “Ramat Aviv Gimmel” (1995-1999) and the critical praised movie “A Five Minutes Walk” (2001) before gradually making an impact in Hollywood. She has guest starred in a number of American TV series, including “The Drew Carey Show,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Charmed,” “CSI: NY,” “Big Love” and “Leverage” and appeared in such films as Michael Bay's “The Island” (2005), John Carter's “Fatwa” (2006) and Mark Waters' “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (2009). She is also known as an executive producer of the HBO hit series “In Treatment” (2008-2010), which stars Gabriel Byrne. Tishby appeared in advertisements and commercials and was a model for Israel's top makeup company, Il-Makiage. During her early career years, Tishby shared a degree of prominence as part of the group Nona, which produced a No. 1 hit album before disbanding in the early 2000s.
Tishby resides in Los Angeles, California. She is married to Australian actor Andrew Günsberg, who is best known as the host of the reality series “Australian Idol.” Born in London, England, her husband attained Australian citizenship in 2000.
A strong advocate for Israel, Tishby has traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby on Capitol Hill for AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee). She is a member of The Israeli Consulate Speakers Bureau and the ILC (Israeli Leadership Council). She also participates in Summit Series, an organization for young entrepreneurs, and Women In Film, for which she is a mentor. She served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for two and a half years.
Childhood and Family:
Noa Tishby was born Noa Tohar Tishby on May 22, 1977, in Tel Aviv, Israel. She received a full drama scholarship to the Tel Aviv National Museum of Arts and later joined the army in the entertainment troupe. In June 2008, she married Australian television and radio personality Andrew Günsberg (born March 29, 1974).
Noa Tishby kicked off her career as a teenager by joining the Tel Aviv local group Neighbours of Chich. Her first break arrived when she landed the lead role in the musical “King David.” At the time, she was only 16 years old. After completing her army service in the entertainment troupe, she was cast in the lead role of Dafna Maor in the well known Israeli nighttime soap “Ramat Aviv Gimmel,” opposite Gilat Ankori, Yael Bar-Zohar, Yonatan Cognac and Baruch Dror. She was on the show from 1995 to 1999.
After leaving “Ramat Aviv Gimmel,” Tishby began a duo with her former boyfriend, Gal Asher, called “Nona.” Their self titled debut album became the first English speaking album released by an Israeli artist and also the first to rise to No. 1 on the nation's top selling album charts. The album was also released in Japan by Virgin Records. However, the group disbanded after two years.
In 2001, Tishby landed a role on the Israeli critically acclaimed movie “A Five Minutes Walk” (“Hamesh Dakot BeHalicha”) for director and writer Itai Lev. The drama starred Alon Aboutboul, Sharon Alexander and Dvir Benedek. She went on to appear in the sitcom “Shachar” in 2002. The next year, she made her Hollywood debut in the NBC short lived sitcom “Miss Match,” starring Alicia Silverstone and Ryan O'Neal.
Tishby next played Rachel in an episode of “The Drew Carey Show” called “Blecch Sunday,” Gloria Tynan/Gina Cusack in “Double Cap,” an episode of “CSI: Miami,” Janelle in an episode of “Nip/Tuck” called “Mandi/Randi” and appeared in an episode of “Coupling” (all 2003). She then made her American feature debut in “Connecting Dots,” opposite Nikolai Kinski, Shane Brolly and Lori Heuring. Written and directed by Alon Aranya, the film was handed a Genre Award for Best Feature Film - Comedy at the 2003 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.
In 2004, Tishby appeared with Jackie Debatin, Eric Etebari and Jonathon Klein in the TV film “Skeleton Man” (Sci-Fi Channel). The same year, she also appeared as Amanda Cole in an episode of UPN's “Star Trek: Enterprise” called “Harbinger.” The following year, she landed guest spots in the NBC series “Las Vegas,” USA Network's science fiction series “The 4400,” the popular supernatural series “Charmed” and the CBS police procedural series “CSI: NY.”
Tishby returned to the big screen when she was cast in Michael Bay's movie “The Island” (2005). Starring Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Bean, Brian Stepanek, Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi and Michael Clarke Duncan, the film received primarily negative reviews from critics but was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film, a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Feature Film - Sound Effects, and a Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie. She followed it up with a role in the movie “Fatwa” (2006), which starred Lauren Holly, Lacey Chabert, John Doman, Mike Hickey, Angus Macfadyen and Rachel Miner. The film, directed by John Carter and written by Scott Schafer, premiered at the Omaha Film Festival on March 24, 2006, before receiving a video premiere on June 13, 2006.
In 2008, Tishby made an auspicious debut behind the camera as an executive producer when “In Treatment” was purchased by HBO, making it the first Israeli TV show to become an American series. The show debuted on HBO on January 28, 2008, and won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (both 2008), a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (2009), a WGA Award for New Series (2009) and a Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series (2009), not to mention nominations at the ALMA Awards, Australian Film Institute, Directors Guild of America, Image Awards and Satellite Awards, among others.
In 2009, Tishby portrayed the recurring role of Ladonna in the HBO drama “Big Love,” starring Bill Paxton, Chloë Sevigny, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Harry Dean Stanton, eljko Ivanek, Amanda Seyfried, Grace Zabriskie, Matt Ross, Mireille Enos and Cassi Thomson. She also appeared in several episodes of the comedy series “Valentine” and guest starred in TNT's “Leverage” (as Raquel Dayan) and CBS' “Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service” (both 2009). She then received the role of Kiki in the Mark Waters romantic comedy “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (2009), an adaptation of Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol.” Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Emma Stone, the film earned negative reviews from critics but debuted at No. 2 at the U.S. box office.
Recently, in 2020, Tishby played Rachel Blau in the pilot of the ABC series “The Deep End.” As a producer, she will work on the television projects “Screenz” and “A Touch Away” for HBO and a comedy for MTV. Her production company, Noa's Arc, has the rights to the programs and is developing a number of film, television and theater projects from Israel and other parts of the world.