[on her first name] It’s an interesting story, actually… I’m Jewish [and] … it’s from the [Old Testament]…. They thought of many other names, but they couldn’t exactly agree. My dad just opened the book and the first sentence he saw, it was in Hebrew… My name, Odeya, means “Thank God.” So that’s where they found it.
When I came to America, I told my dad I wanted to be an actress. He was like, “Ok, calm down. Learn English.”