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Hollywood Now: Jordan Peele’s first Oscar, Mazel Tov to Amy Schumer, Zach Braff is back on TV and more

Jordan Peele Gets His First Oscar

Get Out director/writer/producer Jordan Peele won his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, a day after winning two Independent Spirit Awards for Best Director and Best Feature. His wife, actress Chelsea Peretti, was by his side at both award ceremonies. Peretti, who is Jewish on her mother’s side, was introduced to Peele by her Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star Andy Samberg five years ago, and they married in April 2016. Their son, Beaumont, was born last July. Peretti can currently be seen in Game Night, and Peele is the creator and producer of the TBS comedy The Last O.G., which premieres April 3. It stars Tracy Morgan as Tray, a newly released ex-con adjusting to life on the outside and Tiffany Haddish as his now-married ex-girlfriend and mother of the twin kids he didn’t know he fathered.

Jordan Peele and Chelsea Peretti. Credit: @chelsanity/Instagram

Mazel Tov to Amy, Kevin and Adam

Amy Schumer is now a Mrs. The actress, who is Jewish, married chef Chris Fischer, who is not Jewish, on February 13 in a ceremony that incorporated the Jewish tradition of breaking the glass. Schumer’s friend, actor-comedian John Early, who became ordained online, officiated the wedding dressed in drag as Vicky from Netflix’s The Characters. Celebrity guests at the Malibu ceremony included Larry David, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Aniston, Judd Apatow and Jennifer Lawrence. Schumer’s dog Tati walked down the aisle with her.

Chris Fischer and Amy Schumer. Credit: @robandlindsayweddings/@amyschumer Instagram

Scottish actor Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy), who is not Jewish, and Jewish chef Arielle Goldrath were married in a Jewish ceremony by Rabbi Emma Lutz in Malibu, CA. It’s the second marriage for McKidd, who has a teenage son and daughter with his ex-wife. His family will soon expand: He and his bride are expecting a baby.

Kevin McKidd and Arielle Goldrath. Credit: Kevin McKidd/Facebook

Mazel tov also to Voice coach Adam Levine and his model wife Behati Prinsloo on the February 15 birth of their second daughter, Geo Grace. Levine, who is Jewish, and Prinsloo, who is not, are also parents to Dusty Rose, 1½. Levine recently told Ellen DeGeneres that he wants “a lot” of kids. “I thrive in chaos,” he said.

Zach is Back

Zach Braff’s new ABC comedy series Alex, Inc. showcases an interfaith relationship, and it’s based on a real-life one. The series is inspired by the life of Jewish podcast entrepreneur Alex Blumberg, who is married to Iranian-born producer Nazanin Rafsanjani. The topic of religious differences does come up in the episodes, Braff says, noting, “The mother-in-law does not love me.” But in other ways it’s not emphasized. “This is the norm for this couple.”

Zach Braff. Credit: Elizabeth Fischer/ABC

The Jewish actor, is best known for starring in Scrubs and Garden State and directing the latter and most recently, Going in Style. Braff describes Alex, Inc. as “a family show in the spirit of Black-ish or Modern Family. Parents won’t cringe,” he says. “I’m hoping people who grew up with Scrubs who are now parents themselves will love the tone.”  It premieres March 28 on ABC.

Gilbert is Back on Prime Time

Sara Gilbert isn’t just reprising her role as Darlene in ABC’s reboot of Roseanne. This time, she’s an executive producer, and she was juggling that dual role with her jobs as co-host and producer of The Talk and a recurring role on CBS’ Living Biblically (which is produced by Johnny Galecki, who played David, Darlene’s boyfriend in the original Roseanne).

Sara Gilbert. Credit: Robert Trachtenberg/ABC

“It was a crazy few months,” says Gilbert, grateful that Rosanne’s soundstage was right next to The Talk’s.  “But there was a night where after the last taping of Roseanne, I went to tape Living Biblically. I had to skip the curtain call to get there,” she says.

She finds being back on the Roseanne set “totally surreal but then totally natural, two sides of the same path. Like no time had passed but like going back to elementary school.” She had the difficult task of replicating the set exactly as it was. “I was looking at a lot of wallpaper and carpets. We found the plans so we knew the dimensions but beyond that it was a lot of re-creating.”

In the revival, premiering on ABC March 27, Darlene is the mother of a gender fluid son. “The show has always been forward thinking,” says the Jewish actress, who is married to musician Linda Perry, who is not Jewish, and the mother of three off screen. “We talked about topics before people were talking about them, tried to push the envelope. Hopefully we can continue to do that. We don’t shy away from any of those topics.”

A Murder Mystery in Hollywood

Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle) and Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies) star together in the thriller Gemini. Zoe plays the murdered actress and Lola is her personal assistant, who tries to solve the mystery of her boss’ death. Of course, there’s no shortage of suspects who are angry with or jealous of the star. Both Kirke and Kravitz are the product of interfaith marriages. Kirke’s maternal grandmother was Israeli and grandfather was Iraqi-Jewish and British. Her father, drummer Simon Kirke, is not Jewish. Kravitz, the daughter of musician and actor Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, identifies as Jewish, the faith of her paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother. Gemini will be in theaters March 30.

Lola Kirke. Credit: Neon

Through a Daughter’s Eyes

In Arthur Miller: Writer, premiering on HBO March 19, writer-director Rebecca Miller chronicles the life and career of her Pulitzer Prize winning playwright father.

Rebecca Miller shooting Arthur Miller. Credit: HBO

The daughter of Miller, who was Jewish, and photographer Inge Morath, who was not, collected 20 years of interviews with her dad and others (including director Mike Nichols) and combined them with photos and archive material to get inside the playwright’s motivation, inspiration and process. In an interfaith marriage herself, Miller is married to actor Daniel Day-Lewis, whose mother was Jewish and father was not.

Evan Rachel Wood Brings Some Allure

Evan Rachel Wood and Julia Sarah Stone. Credit: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) gives a mesmerizing performance as a troubled young woman whose reckless and inappropriate behavior stems from abuse and psychological damage in the dark drama Allure. The film, opening in New York and Los Angeles and available on Video on Demand (VOD) March 16, centers on Wood’s character Laura’s relationship with a teenage girl (Julia Sarah Stone) she meets while working a cleaning job at her house. When the girl runs away, Laura hides her, imprisons her and seduces her, with disastrous results for both of them. Wood, the daughter of a Christian father and a mother who converted to Judaism, was raised with both faiths but considers herself more spiritual that religious. She returns to HBO in the second season of Westworld on April 22.

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