Downton Abbey Portrays Reality of Interfaith RelationshipsBy Gerri Miller
Go inside Season 5 Episode 9 where the story line of Atticus and Rose's interfaith relationship comes to a head.Go To Pop Culture
June 23, 2014
|Rachelle Lefevre. Credit: Kharen Hill/CBS|
Lefevre was “raised in a non-denominational household—a little bit of everything. My father calls it ‘student of the world,’” she says. “I went to everything just to experience it all. I definitely identify with being Jewish ’cause my mother is. My father’s a teacher so his idea of anything was always ‘get all the facts, learn as much as you can and decide for yourself.’”
Following the conventions of romantic comedy and parodying them at the same time, They Came Together stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler as an interfaith couple—Jewish Rudd plays Jewish Joel in the movie, out June 27. The cast also includes Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, and New Girl’s Max Greenfield as Rudd’s younger brother.
|Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. Credit: Lionsgate|
|Julie Chen. Credit: James White/CBS|
Greenfield, who is Jewish (he had a Saturday Night Live-themed bar mitzvah!), is in an interfaith marriage with casting director Tess Sanchez, and they have a daughter, Lily. The family celebrates Christmas and Hannukah.
Every summer, Julie Chen’s workload doubles: Besides co-hosting The Talk every weekday, beginning June 24 she hosts the reality show Big Brother, both on CBS. “The good news is that they’re on the same lot so I can go from one to the other,” says Chinese-American Chen, who is married to CBS President Leslie Moonves, who is Jewish. Their son Charlie is 4-and-a-half, and sees his Jewish grandparents often. He’s getting a multicultural and religious upbringing, but one thing is certain: “Charlie will get a bar mitzvah,” says his mom.
|Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling. Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC Family|
Beverly Hills 90210 stars Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth are teaming up again, producing and starring in the ABC Family comedy Mystery Girls, premiering June 24. The pair play the former stars of a ’90s detective TV show—Spelling’s Holly is a glamour girl trying to hold onto her fame and convinces Garth’s Charlie, now a suburban wife and mother, to come out of retirement and join her in solving real-life crimes. What will probably be a relief to fans, this show is decidedly lighter fare than the wrenching True Tori, which chronicled her imploding marriage. Surprisingly, the Jewish Spelling is—so far—remaining intermarried to her husband (and father of their four kids) Dean McDermott, despite his infidelity.
|Keira Knightley and Adam Levine. Credit: The Weinstein Co.|
The Voice mentor and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine hits the big screen in Begin Again in a role that seems tailor-made for him: He plays a singer-songwriter who gets a record deal and becomes famous, but gets caught up in the playboy lifestyle and dumps his girlfriend (Keira Knightley). The Jewish Levine, previously known as a serial dater of beautiful models and actresses, has now settled into interfaith monogamy with model Behati Prinsloo. They’ll reportedly wed in Mexico on July 19. Begin Again, the soundtrack of which features songs from Levine and CeeLo Green, who co-stars, will be released in New York and Los Angeles June 27, then expand to more cities July 2 and 11. The new season of The Voice on which Levine is a judge begins September 22 on NBC.
Justin Kirk. Credit: Matthias Clamer/FX
Kirk (Weeds) plays “A shady, hedonistic diplomat” in the drama, which premieres June 24. Muses the single actor, “Maybe I’ll meet a nice Jewish girl there.”