Daveed Diggs first earned fame in the smash Broadway musical Hamilton, winning one of the show’s 11 Tony Awards for his dual role as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. On July 3, Diggs, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the rest of the original cast come to Disney+ in the premiere of the musical about the country’s Founding Fathers, which was recorded at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June 2016.
“There’s something fundamental about the story and the way of telling the story that, for a lot of people, gives them some sort of foundational level of courage or willingness to try something. And that’s cool. That doesn’t happen very often,” says Diggs, whose career has taken off in TV since his Broadway breakout. The Snowpiercer star will play another historical figure, abolitionist Frederick Douglas, in The Good Lord Bird, a Showtime miniseries due to premiere in October. Diggs, whose mother is Jewish, can currently be heard voicing the character Helen in the animated Apple+ TV series Central Park. He also has a song, “319” from his hip hop group Clipping. that went viral on TikTok with teens lip synching to a lyric about Donald Trump and white supremacy.
Amy Schumer has really embraced reality TV. On the heels of her Food Network series Amy Schumer Learns to Cook, the Jewish comic actress and standup comic, who’s in an interfaith marriage with chef Chris Fischer, chronicles her journey to motherhood in the three-part HBO Max series Expecting Amy, premiering July 9. From her discovery that she was pregnant to the birth of her son, Gene David, in May, it documents her life on tour (pre-COVID-19 lockdown) and with family members, including a trip to the ER. “I couldn’t keep anything down,” she says in the trailer. “Chris really takes care of me.” Schumer will also write, produce and star in the comedy series Love, Beth (her middle name) for Hulu, due next year.
Andy Samberg is caught in a Groundhog Day-like time loop with Cristin Milioti in the quirky romantic comedy Palm Springs, premiering July 10 on Hulu. Set at a desert resort wedding, the movie was a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Off screen, the Jewish Brooklyn Nine-Nine star has been in an interfaith marriage with musician Joanna Newsom since September 2013. They’re the parents of a daughter who will turn three in August.
Before the pandemic restricted travel, Zac Efron embarked on a trip around the world for a new Netflix docuseries called Down to Earth with Zac Efron, premiering July 10. He teams up with wellness expert Darin Olien as they go in search of healthy, sustainable ways to live. Efron, who identifies with his father’s Jewish faith (his mother is not Jewish), will next play Jewish investigative journalist Ari Furman in King of the Jungle, which is set in the tech world.
Kristen Wiig and her Jewish fiancé, comedian and writer Avi Rothman, are the parents of twins, born to a surrogate earlier this year. In May, the 46-year-old Saturday Night Live star thanked her mother “for her advice, her love. I’m so thankful for all the things she’s taught me, like preparing me to be a mom myself.” Dating since 2016, the couple has not announced the gender or names of the twins nor if they plan to tie the knot. Wiig will be seen in a dual role in the highly anticipated sequel Wonder Woman: 1984 this fall.
Featured image (top): Daveed Diggs in Hamilton. Credit: Disney +