In these trying times, actress and humanitarian Sara Alavi is making a positive impact by combining her two passions: the creative arts and service. She aims to use her platform to help be a voice for the voiceless, as she pursues projects and initiatives that help her achieve that goal.
Sara began her creative career writing songs and music and performing on stage, before later going into modeling and acting for TV and film. Her work as a commercial model includes features in ads for Samsung, Exxon Mobil, and Mercedes-Benz. Alavi has appeared on billboards, print ads, and TV commercials throughout the country. Alavi also performed in Neil Berg’s prestigious 100 Years of Broadway at Jones Hall, alongside N.Y.C. Broadway stars, with President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush in the audience. Additionally, Ms. Alavi graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs, with her chosen emphasis of study on International Affairs.
In recent efforts in strong support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Ms. Alavi co-produced a short documentary called Black Lives Matter – Listen to Our Voices alongside L.A. Producers Mark Gonzales, Mike Jones, and Michelle Bennett. This documentary is available on her YouTube channel, website, and social media platforms for viewing.
As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sara decided to team up with Sussman and Han Co. to provide affordable masks for standalone urgent care facilities and for individuals at home. She aims to drive home the importance of wearing masks for COVID-19 prevention and protection through the slogan “Love Made Visible.” Wearing a mask in public, according to Ms. Alavi, is Love Made Visible. Her mother, Dr. Mary Alavi MD, empowers this slogan as loving consideration for all. They believe that wearing masks is not only among the first steps in the prevention of the spread and protection of all individuals from the invisible enemy but also a crucial key to resuming economic recovery.
Sara’s humanitarian efforts do not end there. Alavi has been a volunteer with UNICEF since 2009, working on fundraising events as well as raising awareness through speaking at various schools. She is an advocate for the rights of children, women, and refugees. As an Ambassador for Peace Worldwide Organization (PWO), founded by her father, Dr. Mehdi Alavi, Sara has helped encourage women’s rights and education as well as spread the non-profit’s peace initiatives through their annually published Civility Report.
The PWO Ambassador was recently interviewed in a podcast by Epimonia, advocating for refugees while wearing her Epimonia bracelets. The bracelets shown in the podcast image on Sara are handmade by refugees in the United States from recycled life jackets refugees wore, while attempting to reach safe haven crossing the Mediterranean Sea into Greece. These recycled life-jackets were collected on Lesbos Island by Refugee4Refugees , an area that has become a central destination for refugees, according to UNHCR, and sees a rate of 3,300 refugees per day. The podcast image, details on the bracelets, and recording of Sara’s recent podcast interview may be found HERE.
Aside from filling her hours with humanitarian work, Sara is set to open the film Narco Sub alongside Saving Private Ryan actor Tom Sizemore, and her sister actress Lisa Alavi in the Fall 2020 global premiere. The film will be attending the Cannes, Toronto, and Hong Kong film festivals. It will premiere as a global digital release to keep safety and health concerns related to COVID-19 at the forefront.
Additionally, Ms. Alavi’s upcoming projects also include The I Ching Lawyer which is scheduled to start filming late Fall 2020 and Mr. Blue, which begins filming in 2021. Other film and TV projects have not yet released to the public.