In the Netflix dark comedy series The Politician, Gwyneth Paltrow plays the mother of the ruthlessly ambitious title character (Ben Platt), a high school student whose ultimate goal is scheming his way to the Oval Office. (The first season concerns his campaign for student body president.) Paltrow, who is from an interfaith family, is working with her husband Brad Falchuk on the series, as they did previously on Glee. Falchuk executive produces with Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan.
The Politician, which begins streaming September 27, has several other actors with interfaith connections in the cast. Bette Midler is married to artist Martin von Haselberg, who is not Jewish; Zoey Deutch is the daughter of Jewish producer-director Howard Deutch and actress Lea Thompson, who is not Jewish; and Judith Light, who is Jewish, has been married to actor Robert Desiderio, who is not, since 1985. Light stars in the Transparent Musicale Finale, also premiering September 27, in which the Pfefferman family bids farewell in song to transgender Maura and the series itself.
The CW is known for its superhero shows, but Batwoman comes with a twist: The character is a lesbian and Jewish, from an interfaith family (her late mother was Jewish). The actress who plays her, Ruby Rose, isn’t Jewish, but she is gay. She’s happy to be a role model for people who haven’t seen themselves represented on TV before. “I want everyone to watch this, but especially young people can watch it and feel like they can identify,” she says. “They can relate to the people that they are watching on the screen and hopefully be empowered by that.” Batwoman premieres October 6.
From Shakespeare to Louisa May Alcott
Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) has a couple of high-profile literary screen adaptations on the way. In The King, inspired by Shakespeare’s Henry IV (Parts 1 and 2) and Henry V, he plays a rebellious young royal who reluctantly assumes the throne after the death of his father. It will have a limited theatrical release October 11 and begin streaming on Netflix November 1. Next, Chalamet plays heartthrob Laurie in director Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, based on Louisa May Alcott’s post-Civil War novel. It hits theaters December 25.
Chalamet, who is from an interfaith family (his mother is Jewish), and who dates Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose, will also star in the new version of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune, due in December 2020.
Sarah Gilbert gave up her co-host seat on The Talk, but she’s still very much a part of The Conners, which returns to ABC September 24 for its second season. The love triangle she was caught in last season continues, and there will be conflict between her character Danielle and her daughter, Harris (Emma Kenney). Gilbert, who is Jewish, will have more time with wife Linda Perry (who is not Jewish) and their three kids, now that her schedule is a bit lighter. “I’m looking forward to having more time to be creative, do new things, spend time with my family, spend time producing,” she says. “I have to take a breath before I start filling up my schedule.”
Jonah Hill’s Engagement
Mazel tov to Jonah Hill and Gianna Santos, who just became engaged. They have been in an interfaith relationship since August 2018.