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Eugene & Daniel Levy’s Real-Life & Schitt’s Creek Interfaith Family

Schitt’s Creek is interfaith? Love it!

Canadians Eugene and Daniel Levy celebrated their success at an Emmys gathering in Toronto, including members of their fictional and real families, both of which are interfaith. Ending its six-season run with style and accolades, Schitt’s Creek made history at this year’s virtual 72nd Emmy Awards, sweeping all seven comedy categories (series, acting, directing and writing plus Creative Arts nods for casting and makeup).

The Rose clan on the (gefilte) fish-out-of-water comedy, in which Johnny (Eugene) is Jewish and Moira (Catherine O’Hara) is not, is based on the real Levy family. Eugene, who is Jewish, is married to Deborah Divine, who is not. They raised their children Daniel and Sarah Levy (who is also on the show) in an inclusive home. “The best thing I ever did for my Protestant family was marry a Jewish man,” Deborah tweeted in 2018. “We learned that a combined world is an enriched world.”

Eugene and Daniel Levy celebrate their Emmy win

During the awards, Eugene kvelled about his kids. “Getting to work on camera with both my kids, Daniel and Sarah, for six years is such a joy. I love you both and could not be prouder,” he said.

Daniel wore a kilt, just like his character David wore to his wedding in the series finale, to accept his four Emmy statues for acting, writing, directing and producing the comedy. “Our show at its core is about the transformational effects of love and acceptance and that is something we’ve needed now more than ever before,” he said, before urging viewers to register to vote.

Not only has he included interfaith holiday celebrations in an episode of Schitt’s Creek, Levy once tweeted “One half of me is celebrating Hanukkah, the other half is decorating a tree. My body is confused. #halfie.”

When asked about the possibility of a Schitt’s Creek movie, he didn’t commit, but left the door open. “If there is an idea that pops into my head it has to be really freaking good because this is a nice way to say goodbye,” he said. “Fingers crossed we get a nice idea popping into our head soon. I would love to work with these people again.”

Meanwhile, Comedy Central will begin airing all six seasons of the show on October 2, airing five episodes every Friday. Netflix, which streams the first five seasons, will launch the sixth on October 7. If you want to own all six seasons, Schitt’s Creek: The Complete Collection arrives on DVD November 10 from Lionsgate.

Incidentally, the Levys were not the only interfaith Emmy winners. Ozark actress Julia Garner, whose father is not Jewish and was raised in her Israeli-born mother’s Jewish faith won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Producer and writer Damon Lindelof, whose limited series Watchmen took home 11 Emmys, is also from an interfaith family.

Maya Rudolph on SNL
Maya Rudolph on SNL. Credit: Will Heath/NBC

Maya Rudolph, a double Emmy winner for impersonating Kamala Harris on Saturday Night Live and her voiceover work in Big Mouth, is the daughter of a Jewish father of Lithuanian descent; her mother was the late Black singer Minnie Riperton. She’s in an interfaith relationship herself, with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, the father of her four children. On October 7, Rudolph will star opposite Adam Sandler in the Netflix holiday comedy Hubie Halloween. Sandler’s wife Jackie converted to Judaism before their 2003 wedding.

Sacha Baron Cohen & Jeremy Strong. Credit: Niko Tavernise/Netflix © 2020

Sacha Baron Cohen, whose wife, actress Isla Fisher, converted to Judaism before their 2010 wedding, plays Abbie Hoffman in The Trial of the Chicago 7. It’s a drama about the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention that turned violent and landed Hoffman and his fellow organizers in court. It premieres October 16 on Netflix.

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Gerri Miller

Gerri Miller wrote and reported from Los Angeles about celebrities, entertainment and lifestyle for The Jewish Journal, The Nosher, Hadassah and others. A New York native, she spent a summer working at Kibbutz Giv’at Brenner in Israel and attended High Holy Day services at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood every year.


Author: Gerri Miller