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Bar Paly of ‘Pain & Gain,’ Israel’s other ‘Bar’ supermodel

by Naomi Pfefferman

April 30, 2013 | 4:57 pm

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Bar Paly is the new hot export from Israel.

Previously we’ve heard all about Bar Refaeli, the flaxen-haired Sports Illustrated cover girl who romanced Leonardo DiCaprio. 

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Now Israel has raised yet another Bar – supermodel, that is -- with Paly, whose sultry figure recently graced a Maxim magazine shoot, and who plays Mark Wahlberg’s belle in “Pain & Gain,” the new testosterone-fest from Michael Bay.  In the action flick, the tall, tanned Paly portrays Sorina, a Romanian immigrant and wannabe actress turned stripper who gets mixed up in a kidnapping and extortion scheme with a bunch of steroid-amped bodybuilders (Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. “The Rock” co-stars).

Like her character, Paly has had dreams of stardom in America. On Twitter, the hottie describes herself this way: “I go by Bar.  I’m Israeli.  A model.  An actress.  A crafter.  A small town girl with big dreams.  Israel-Los Angeles.” 

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Actually Paly originally hails from Russia, having moved to Israel when she was 7.  Raised in Tel Aviv, she started modeling at 17 to support her acting habit (“I’m an actress first,” she told Aritzia).  Eventually she moved to L.A., where gigs followed on “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Starter Wife,” the 2008 horror film “The Ruins and Roman Coppola’s “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III – until her big break with “Pain & Gain.”

Paly endured a bit of her own pain (and gain!) to take on the role of Sorina; the waif-like actress had to put on 20 pounds to convincingly play the stripper – complicated by the fact that she was burning myriad extra calories with all that pole-dancing practice. Her solution:  Paly dutifully chowed down on plenty of burgers and fries, as well as 5,000 calorie shakes that tasted, well, like “chocolate flavored concrete,” she told the Daily Mail.

Next up, you can catch Paly in “NonStop,” an action pic set aboard a besieged airplane, starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore, which will hit theaters in 2014. 

In the meantime, Paly’s been making the media rounds, with an especially hilarious introduction recently on KTLA:  When the spotlight turned on the gorgeous Paly, the anchors greeted her with a cheerful “Shalom, Your Hotness!”

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Naomi Pfefferman Magid is the arts & entertainment editor of the Jewish Journal, where she’s spent the last quarter century interviewing everyone from Seth Rogen, Natalie...

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