Eligible Jewish Hollywood A-listers

The Jerusalem Post (September 19) — Who are some of young Hollywood’s Jewish bachelors and bachelorettes? Take a look.

Emmanuelle Chriqui 

chriquiEmmanuelle Chriqui was born in Montreal, Canada, to Jewish parents from Morocco.

Her first Hollywood role was in Detroit rock City (1999). But her breakout performance was in the 2000 film Snow Day, in which she played the foxy Claire Bonner. In 2006 she appeared in the music video titled Lips of an Angel by rock band Hinder.

Chriqui starred in several films and in 2000 was nominated for a DVD Exclusive Award as Best Actress for her performance in 100 Girls.

In 2005 she starred in the film Adam and Eve.

She increased her visibility by playing Sloan on the TV hit series Entourage and by starring opposite Adam Sandler in the film You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008).

Rashida Jones 

A familiar face to TV fans, Rashida Jones played the role of Ann Perkins in the Rashida Jones (Reuters)TV sitcom Parks and Recreation, Louisa Fenn in the drama Boston Public, and Karen Filippelli in the sitcom The Office.

Jones was born in 1976 in Los Angeles, the daughter of media mogul, producer and musician Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton (The Mod Squad). Her father is of African- American and Welsh ancestry, and her mother is Ashkenazi of Russian origin. Jones was raised Reform and attended Hebrew school. As an adult, she practices Judaism and says she goes to synagogue on the High Holy Days.

Mila Kunis 

Actress Mila Kunis has a gift for comedy and drama, spanning the range

Mila Kunis (Reuters)between playing the perky Jackie Burkhart on the TV sitcom That ’70s Show and the malevolent Lily in the movie thriller Black Swan, for which she was nominated for several awards.

Milena Markovna Kunis was born in 1983 to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. To escape the anti-Semitism there, her family moved to California when Kunis was seven.

Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, and her father, Mark, is a mechanical engineer.


Michelle Trachtenberg 

Michelle Trachtenberg was born in 1985 in New York City. Her mother is Russian Jewish, and her maternal grandparents live in Israel. She and her Michelle Trachtenberg (Reuters)mother moved to Los Angeles, while her father remained in NYC.

Trachtenberg grew up in Brooklyn and started her acting career young. She began appearing in commercials at age three. She continued to act and dance through her school years, making regular television appearances from the age of 10. She landed a recurring role in the children’s TV show The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1993) and starred in Harriet the Spy (1996).

But it was her role as Buffy’s sister Dawn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1997 that brought her to worldwide attention, all before she was 18.

On TV, she had a role in All My Children and Gossip Girl. Her roles in film include EuroTrip, 17 Again and Ice Princess.

In 2011, Trachtenberg ranked No. 27 on the 2011 Maxim list of Hot 100 women.

Dianna Agron

Dianna Agron (Reuters)

Actress Dianna Agron may be most familiar to television audiences as cheerleader Quinn Fabray in the hit TV series Glee.

Dianna Agron was born in 1986 in Savannah, Georgia, to parents Ronald and Mary Agron.

Her father’s family is from Russia. Their original surname, Agronsky, was changed when they immigrated to the US and arrived at Ellis Island in the early 1900s.

James Franco 

James Franco (Reuters)James Franco was born in 1978 in Palo Alto, California. His mother, Betsy, is of Jewish Russian descent, and his father, Doug, who died in 2011, was of Portuguese and Swedish descent.To overcome his shyness, Franco ventured into acting. He made his debut in the TV series Freaks and Geeks. In 2001 he played the title role in the TV movie James Dean, which catapulted him to the silver screen. He has appeared in such films as Spider-Man, City by the Sea, Pineapple Express, Nights in Rodanthe, Flyboys and Milk.

Franco has a bachelor of fine arts degree in English from UCLA; two MFA degrees in creative writing from Columbia and Brooklyn College; and an MFA in film from New York University.

Andrew Garfield 

Andrew Garfield was born in 1983 in Los Angeles to a British mother, Lynn, and an American father, Richard. His family’s surname was originally Garfinkel.Andrew Garfield (Reuters)

When he was three, the family moved to Surrey, England. Garfield began acting in youth theater productions when he was at school. At 19, he attended the Central School of Speech and Drama.

His first professional roles were on the stage. In 2005 he made his TV debut in the UK in the teen series Sugar Rush, followed in 2005 by some episodes of Dr. Who.

On Broadway, Garfield played Biff in Death of a Salesman.

In 2010, Garfield played Eduardo in The Social Network and Tommy in Never Let Me Go, two films that brought him to full international attention. He was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor in The Social Network.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt was born in 1981 in Los Angeles to parents Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. After working for several years as a child actor, he became well known for his role on the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996).

Prior tJoseph Gordon-Levitt (Reuters)o that, he had already worked steadily in feature films, debuting in A River Runs Through It.

Following his work on 3rd Rock, he took time off from acting to attend Columbia University.

In the early 2000s, he began taking on a string of intense dramatic roles in indie films such as Mysterious Skin, Brick, The Lookout and Stop-Loss.

By 2009, he was considered one of the leading men of indie cinema with his Golden Globe-nominated role in the comedy-drama (55) Days of Summer. In 2010 he established himself as a mainstream star in Inception.

Other formidable films include 50/50, The Dark Knight Rises, Premium Rush, Looper and Lincoln.

Jake Gyllenhaal 

Jake Gyllenhaal was born in 1980 in Los Angeles. His mother and father are producer/ screenwriter Naomi Foner and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. His Jake Gyllenhaal (Reuters)mother is from a Jewish family, and his father’s ancestry includes Swedish and British.

He made his movie debut at 11 in the film City Slickers, playing Billy Crystal’s son. He made an impact in the late 1990s and early 2000s in films such as October Sky (1999) and as the title role in the cult phenomenon psychological thriller Donnie Darko (2001).

He followed this with roles encompassing many different genres, including the romantic comedy Bubble Boy, The Good Girl, and the science-fiction blockbuster The Day after Tomorrow.

He won critical acclaim for his performance in the 2005 drama Brokeback Mountain, for which he was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. He has since appeared in such films as Zodiac, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and Love & Other Drugs.

Daniel Radcliffe 

Known to movie audiences since 2001 as Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe was Daniel Radcliffe (Reuters)born in 1989 in London, England, to father Alan Radcliffe, a literary agent, and mother Marcia Gresham, who is a casting director. His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, and his mother was born in South Africa to a Jewish family.

Radcliffe began performing in small school productions. In 1999 he played young David on TV’s David Copperfield. Soon after, he was cast in the title role in the film in Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone. He went on to star in the sequels Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002); Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004); Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005); and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).

After signing a contract to make the fifth Harry Potter movie, he was named Britain’s richest teenager, with a £23 million fortune.

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  1. For future reference:
    Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Skylar Astin, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Eric Balfour, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal.

    Andrew Garfield is Jewish, too (though I don’t know if both of his parents are).

    Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable.

    Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman.

    Oh, and Ansel Elgort’s father is Jewish, though I don’t know how Ansel was raised.

    Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

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