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Hollywood Now: Rossum Leaves Shameless, Portman Plays Twins, Emmy Noms & More

Emmy Says Goodbye

Emmy Rossum
Emmy Rossum. Credit: Brian Bowen Smith/Showtime

Emmy Rossum has announced that the ninth season of Showtime’s Shameless, which premieres September 9, will be her last. Posting a letter to fans on Facebook, she wrote, in part: “The last eight years have been the best of my life…I know you will continue on without me, for now. There is much more Gallagher story to be told. I will always be rooting for my family. Try not to think of me as gone, just think of me as moving down the block. With love, always.”

The Jewish actress married Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, who is Muslim, in May 2017 in a Reform Jewish ceremony. In February, she will be seen in the action drama Hard Powder, about a snow-plow driver (Liam Neeson) at a Rocky Mountains resort who seeks revenge against the drug lord who killed his son.

Natalie Directs & Plays Twins

Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman. Credit: Georges Biard

Natalie Portman will direct and play the two lead characters in a biographical movie about twin sisters and rival advice columnists Esther and Pauline Friedman, who wrote under the pen names Ann Landers and Abigail ‘Dear Abby’ Van Buren. She made her directorial debut in 2016 with A Tale of Love and Darkness, shot in her native Israel.

Last seen in Annihilation, Portman has two films awaiting release: The drama The Death and Life of John F. Donovan and Vox Lux, in which she plays a pop star opposite Jude Law. She’s also filming Pale Blue Dot, portraying an astronaut who has psychological difficulties after returning from space.

The Jewish actress has been in an interfaith marriage with her Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied, since 2012 when they wed in a Jewish ceremony. They’re the parents of two children, Aleph, 7, and Amalia, 1.

Interfaith Emmys

Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood. Credit: HBO

The 70th Annual Emmy Awards will be handed out live on September 17 on NBC, and there are several interfaith celebrities among the nominees. Evan Rachel Wood, whose father is Christian and mother converted to Judaism, is nominated for the HBO series Westworld, and Pamela Adlon, whose father was born Jewish and mother converted to Judaism, got a nod for her FX comedy Better Things. Both are nominated for the second consecutive year.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon’s dramedy about a Jewish housewife-turned standup comic, received 14 nominations. Amy Sherman-Palladino co-created the show with her husband and producing partner Dan Palladino. She is the daughter of a Baptist mother and a Jewish father, and is in an interfaith marriage as well.

Baby News

Josh Charles (The Good Wife), who is Jewish on his father’s side and Christian on his mother’s, became a father for the second time when his wife Sophie Flack, the daughter of a Jewish mother and a Christian father, gave birth to a daughter on August 23. Their son Rocco is 3.

Josh Peck, the former teen star of Drake & Josh, and his wife, Paige O’Brien, are expecting their first child. Peck, who never met his father, was raised in his mother’s Jewish faith, and O’Brien is not Jewish. Mazel tov to all!

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