Sela Ward, whose credits include the movies Gone Girl and The Fugitive and TV series Sisters, House, Once and Again and CSI: NY, returns to television in the EPIX comedy series Graves, about a former U.S. president and his family. Nick Nolte plays the title character, who endeavors to right the wrongs he made in office, and Ward is his wife, who decides to capitalize on her experience as first lady by running for the Senate. “She’s getting to live her secret passion and dream, and I think that will resonate with a lot of women,” says Ward.
Married to her Jewish husband Howard Sherman since 1992, Ward, who is not Jewish, recently made a big step in real life. Now that their children are 22 and 18, they sold their home in L.A. (to Jennifer Lopez!) and moved to New York, where Ward modeled early in her career. Graves premieres October 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the premium cable service, but you can watch the first two episodes for free at epix.com.
You’ve seen Tania Raymonde in Lost, Switched at Birth, The Last Ship and as the infamous title character in Jody Arias: Dirty Little Secret. On October 14, you can see her in the Amazon streaming series Goliath, starring Billy Bob Thornton as Billy McBride, a lone-wolf lawyer squaring off in a case against his powerful former firm. Raymonde plays Brittany Gold, a legal secretary turned call girl. “Billy bailed me out back in the day so I have history with him, and when a big case falls into his lap he calls me and asks me to work for him again and I begrudgingly come back,” says Raymonde. “As the story develops, it gets more complicated. Her feelings for him evolve and she has other issues too. By the end of it she’s a different woman than she was in the beginning.”
Raymonde grew up interfaith, with a Jewish father and Catholic mother. “I was raised Jewish and Catholic. We did Christmas and Hanukkah,” she says. “My mom was really into going to synagogue, and wanted to convert, but it just never happened.” This holiday season, Raymonde is planning to go to Israel. “I’ve been wanting to go forever,” she confides.
Ashton Kutcher,who’s not Jewish, will become a father for the second time around Thanksgiving when his Jewish wife, Mila Kunis, is due to deliver their second child. Their daughter, Wyatt, just turned 1. Kutcher’s Netflix series The Ranch returns with more episodes October 7.
In other baby news, interfaith couple Adam Levine (The Voice), who’s Jewish, and model Behati Prinsloo, who’s not, welcomed daughter Dusty Rose September 21. Natalie Portman is also pregnant with her second child. The Jewish actress and her Christian-born husband, Benjamin Millepied, who reportedly converted to Judaism in 2012, are parents to 5-year-old son Aleph. Portman has a few other productions on the way—she stars in the fantasy Planetarium (November 16) and plays Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie (December 2), and has signed on to star in the HBO miniseries We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.