Chris Pine & Gal Gadot. Credit: Clay Enos/TM & DC Comics
Captain Kirk Crash Lands Into Wonder Woman
Chris Pine, known for his role as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek film series, stars opposite Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman this summer. Pine has Jewish roots on his mother’s side: His maternal grandfather Max Gilford (née Goldfarb) is from a Russian-Jewish family. “I definitely have a spiritual outlook,” he has said. “I am not a religious guy. I am probably agnostic.” Gadot, who was born in Israel, is Jewish.
This November, Pine stars in the screen adaptation of the children’s fantasy adventure novel A Wrinkle in Time, alongside Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Zach Galifianakis.
Ari Graynor. Credit: Justina Mintz/Showtime
Stand-Up Comedy 1970s Style
The new Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here, about the Los Angeles stand-up comedy scene in the 1970s, features several Jewish characters including the club owner (Melissa Leo) and Cassie Feder, a struggling Jewish comic from Texas, played by Jewish actress Ari Graynor (The Sopranos, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, What’s Your Number?).
Rachel Weisz. Credit: Nicola Dove/Fox Searchlight
Rachel’s Upcoming Movies
Rachel Weisz, whose parents’ families fled to England to escape the Nazis, is Hungarian-Jewish on her father’s side and Austrian-Jewish and Italian on her mother’s. Her mom formally converted to Judaism when she married Weisz’s father. Weisz married her Dream House co-star Daniel Craig, of James Bond fame (who is not Jewish), in 2011. She stars opposite Sam Claflin in My Cousin Rachel, opening June 9.
Emmy Rossum and Sam Esmail. Credit: @emmyrossum/Instagram
Shameless star Emmy Rossum, who is Jewish, married Arab-American writer-director and Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail in a Jewish ceremony at New York’s Central Synagogue on May 28. Reform Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, who was born in Korea, officiated. Engaged since August 2015, they started dating two years before, when she starred in his film Comet. Rossum is the product of an interfaith marriage as well: Her father was Catholic, but her parents split up and her mother raised her alone. Designer Carolina Herrera custom made her gown.
Adam Pally, Fred Armisen and Zoe Lister-Jones. Credit: IFC Films
Zoe Lister-Jones (Life in Pieces), who was raised in her mother’s Jewish faith, makes her directorial debut with the comedy Band Aid, which she also wrote and produced. In the movie, in limited release June 2 and available on disc and streaming June 9, a couple (Lister-Jones and Adam Pally) try to save their troubled marriage by starting a rock band and turning their arguments into songs. Fred Armisen, Hannah Simone, Colin Hanks, Brooklyn Decker, Jesse Williams, and Susie Essman co-star.
Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder. Credit: @iamnikkireed/Instagram
Set backstage at the premiere of a Broadway musical, the comedy Opening Night stars Topher Grace as the production manager who’s trying in vain to rein in the backstage crises and shenanigans. Israeli actress Alona Tal (Hand of God)plays the leading lady. Tal, married to actor Marcos Ferraez, an American of Mexican and Spanish heritage, gave birth to a daughter, Charlie, on March 7.