Gerri Miller writes and reports from Los Angeles about celebrities, entertainment and lifestyle for MNN.com, The Jewish Journal, Brain World, Lupus Now, Scholastic.com and others. A New York native, she spent a summer working at Kibbutz Giv'at Brenner in Israel and attends High Holy Day services at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood every year.
Hollywood Now: Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger on Interfaith Relationships--Including Her Own
December 5, 2013
With the engagement announcements of Adam Brody and Leighton Meester and People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” Adam Levine and model Behati Prinsloo, interfaith relationships are in the news in Hollywood of late. So who better to weigh in than relationship expert and Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger, who is involved in an interfaith relationship herself?
|Patti Stanger. Credit: Randee St. Nicholas/Bravo|
|Stanger & Krausse. Credit: Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo|
Stanger, who is Jewish, lives with boyfriend David Krausse, who is not. “We are both spiritual and we love having a [Christmas] tree in our home. After all, Jesus was a Jew,” she points out, in her typical quick wit. As for why it might seem that in more interfaith celebrity couples the male is Jewish, Stanger quips that Jewish men “like the angel looks.” These women often convert, she notes. “According to rabbis, the converts are usually better Jews than those who were born Jewish.” While we don’t think one Jew is “better” than another, we like Stanger’s humor as the topic of conversion can be a sensitive one.
Nevertheless, she concedes that interfaith couples often have obstacles to their relationships. “The biggest issues are that the family—parents—try to control the situation and make them feel bad for dating outside of their faith,” says Stanger. “For it to work, love and patience are a must and also understanding the other side’s religious beliefs.”
Interfaith dates have always been part of The Millionaire Matchmaker, and that will continue in this edition, says Stanger. “This season starts out with a bang: I have a new staff and a new office. We always do interfaith dates. We also feature millionairesses and we have our first all-gay episodes. We also have themed mixers like our masquerade, blindfold and Mad Men mixer.”
The Millionaire Matchmaker returns for its seventh season on December 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.