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Bahar Soomekh

Bahar SoomekhBahar Soomekh (Persian: بهار سومخ‎), born on the 30th of March 1975 in Tehran, Iran is an Iranian-born American actress and environmental activist. She is probably best recognized for her roles in the films Crash, Mission: Impossible III, and Saw III. Born to a devout Persian Jewish family, Bahar moved with her parents and sister, Saba Soomekh, to Los Angeles, California in 1979, to escape the Islamic Revolution occurring in Iran. Soomekh is a common surname among the Iranian Jewish community and her name, Bahar, means spring in Persian. She speaks fluent English, Persian, Spanish, and a little Hebrew.

Bahar attended Sinai Akiba Academy and Beverly Hills High School, where she played the violin in the school symphony orchestra. Bahar earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1997. After attending University, she traveled throughout Europe and upon her return she began working at a corporate job in sales to pay off her debt from the trip. Bahar was miserable and unhappy working in the corporate job. She wanted to pursue her real passion, acting as a full time career. At the start of her career, Bahar guest starred on several television series, including the popular JAG and 24. She later appeared in films including the Academy Award-winning Crash as Dorri and Syriana.


Bahar SoomekhIn 2006, Bahar was a member of the cast playing Davian's Translator in Mission: Impossible III and also played a leading role, as Dr. Lynn Denlon, in the horror film Saw III. In the same year, People Magazine listed her as one of the 100 Most Beautiful People in the World. Over the next five years, she mainly worked in television, most notably as Margo on the television series Day Break from 2006 to 2007. She also appeared in the pilots of two television shows, The Oaks in 2008 and Lost & Found in 2009 of which neither were picked up. Bahar had guest roles in Ghost Whisperer, Miami Medical, and Castle. Her latest movie, Just Like A Woman will be released in the United States on July 5th, 2013. She was also cast in the A&E pilot Those Who Kill, which was picked up by the network and will begin shooting in August 2013.

Bahar married Clayton Frech, a business manager, who converted to Judaism in order to marry her in 2001. They now have three children. She follows the teaching of tikkun olam. Tikkun olam (Hebrew: תיקון עולם or תקון עולם[1]‎) is a Hebrew phrase that means "repairing the world" or "healing the world" which suggests humanity's shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world. In Judaism, the concept of tikkun olam originated in the early rabbinic period. The concept was given new meanings in the kabbalah of the medieval period and has come to possess further connotations in modern Judaism. She works on environmental causes, children's causes and also uses her name for involvement with organizations such as the Green Cross and Rainforest Action Network. Along with her husband, she launced a company called T.O. Productions to make movies about environmental and social issues.

Bahar SoomekhBahar began acting at the age of 27, guest starring in television shows like Without a Trace in 2002, 24 in 2001, JAG in 1995 and several others. She got her big break speaking fluent English and Farsi while portraying an Iranian-American woman named Dorri in Crash, the Academy Award winner for the Best Picture in 2004. The whole cast won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture. Bahar also appeared in the directors cut version of another Academy Award winning movie called Syriana in 2005, playing the role of Yassi. Bahar got further attention playing Davian's Translator in Mission: Impossible III in 2006. She also had a leading role in the horror film Saw III in 2006, playing a victim, Dr. Lynn Denlon. Lionsgate, who distributed the film Crash, and Bahar became such dear friends that they wanted her to get involved with one of their next films. Saw is their huge franchise so they offered her the lead in Saw III.

"I'd never seen Saw I or Saw II. I was one of those dorks that couldn't even look at the poster without having a heart attack and freaking out. Seriously, I think Poltergeist was the last scary film I could handle and I went to therapy for that for months. I'm not joking. So to get the lead in this film – they'd sent me the script and I was hysterically crying. It was like 2 o'clock in the morning. I knew I had to do it because it was so damn good, but I was terrified. So I accepted the role, I saw Saw I and Saw II. I met with Darren [Lynn Bousman, the director] - he's a genius. I just felt really safe and comfortable, and I knew that he really had incredible vision and what he was doing with it was actually very artistic. It's not your typical, girl with big boobs running through the forest horror film. It's a real psychological thriller. So I was really taken by how smart the movie is. It's really smart so that's how I got involved and I loved doing it..."

Bahar Soomekh"I had nightmares the first month I was on set. We were shooting it for two months. People say because you're an actor it's not a big deal because you go in there and it's fake or whatever. But what they don't understand is that it's actually the opposite because, as an actor, when you go in there you have to believe it's real to make your performance real. You have to get lost in the mindframe of this character. So when you're getting up at 5:30 in the morning, you're going on set and you're there until 11 or 12 at night and you're doing this day after day after day, it's like a torture chamber. You guys saw how creepy that place looked, right? When you're in that world and you're living it, you can't help but have nightmares. I was just like freaking out."
"I remember there were times sitting watching certain scenes and I felt sick to my stomach and had to walk out. There's a point sometimes when you go, "Holy shit, what are we doing? This is crazy. Disturbing and crazy and scary." That's part of the reason I was scared was because I think it's taken violence to a whole new level. I think Pulp Fiction was one of the first films where I watched it going, "The level of violence has just been raised." I think this one is also there, too. I agree. It's tough to watch."




Bahar SoomekhBahar had also portrayed Margo on the television series Day Break in 2006. She also got one of the lead roles as Hollis on the television series The Oaks in 2008, which came out in the fall of 2008. Her sister, Saba, teaches Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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Bahar Soomekh Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Without a Trace Lemese Salman
JAG Jasmine (2002) and Amira Sattar (2004) (2002–2004)
2003 Naked Hotel Bhurka Woman
2004 Intermission Hair Wearer
Crash Dorri
A Lousy Ten Grand Najah
2005 24 Habib Marwan's Wife (deleted scenes)
Bones Sahar Masruk
Syriana Yassi (Director's Uncut Version)
2006 In Justice Neena Oponi
Mission: Impossible III Davian's Translator
The Unit Firefly
Day Break Margo (2006–2007)
Saw III Lynn Denlon
2007 Saw IV Lynn Denlon (flashbacks from Saw III)
2008 Saw V Lynn Denlon (flashbacks from Saw III)
The Oaks Hollis
Ghost Whisperer Tricia Episode 4.06 "Imaginary Friends and Enemies"
2009 Saw VI Lynn Denlon (flashbacks from Saw III)
Lost & Found Abigail
2010 Saw 3D Lynn Denlon (flashbacks from Saw III)
Miami Medical Vanessa Episode 1.08 "An Arm and a Leg" (2010)
2011< Castle Nazihah Alhabi Episode 3.16 "Setup" (2011)
2012 Just Like a Woman Soha (completed)
2012 Those Who Kill cast member TV Movie





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Jigsaw has disappeared. With his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detectives scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) and Jeff (Angus Macfadyen) are unaware that they are about to become the latest pawns on his vicious chessboard.
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