Lior Raz stars in new Israeli surrogacy drama

The series premiered in Israel on Monday, garnering mostly positive reviews and emotional feedback from viewers


Fauda star and former IDF tough man Lior Raz has found the spotlight again, but this time as a film director in an intimate portrayal of parents' struggle to conceive.

The drama ‘A Body That Works’, produced by Keshet premiered in Israel yesterday and has already garnered rave reviews.

The series features Raz alongside “The Baker and the Beauty” actress Rotem Sela, Yehuda Levi and Gal Malka.

The eight-part series begins with married couple Ellie and Ido (Rotem Sela and Yehuda Levi) who after experiencing multiple fertility difficulties and miscarriages on their journey of bringing a child into the world, turn to surrogacy.

The series follows the intricate relationships and dynamics between the characters involved in the surrogacy process and beyond. Lior Raz portrays Tomer, a film director who works with literary editor Ellie on his book, whilst Gal Malka’s character Chen is a single mother who decides to be a surrogate mother due to her economic situation.

Prior to the show’s premier, actress Rotem Sela shared her thoughts on the character she portrayed, “Ellie is dedicated to all the women out there whose road to bringing children into the world was not easy.

"Those that passed trial after trial, that thought yes and then no, that hoped maybe this time it will work but then came another disappointment and another one, that burned their souls.

"I hope you sit at home today and feel that Ellie, in a way, is telling your stories, even if with minor changes. Thank you, Shira Hadad, Dror Mishani, and Shay Capon, for giving me the opportunity to tell her story. She was quite a journey for me."

Some viewers have already shared how touched they were by the first episode, as well as how relatable the show is to their personal experience on Sela’s post.

Amongst the largely positive reviews so far, Israel Hayom television critic, Nir Wolf wrote, “In a country that sanctifies childbirth, it’s good that a drama like ‘A Body That Works' was born, which challenges the norm and provides a glimpse to the couples whose greatest dream is to be like everyone else and become parents.”

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