Hollywood Now: Kravitz Tells Us About Her Bewitching New Role

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Zoe Kravitz
Zoe Kravitz. Credit: Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros.

Glimpsed in a photo in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them two years ago, Zoe Kravitz plays witch Leta Lestrange in its sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, opening November 16. “I loved the first movie, and it was amazing to see it knowing I would soon be part of this incredible world of witchcraft and wizardry,” she says. “But this film is a bit deeper, playing with some interesting ideas in the place between the dark and the light. It asks, ‘Which path will you take?’”

Kravitz goes on to say that Leta “is from one of the most established pure-blood wizarding families, and I understand that comes with certain preconceived notions. But Leta isn’t quite sure where she fits in, in terms of being good or bad. I think she is somewhere in between, as we all are. She’s quite complicated and her journey is very intense because of a secret from her past that unravels over the course of the story. As an actor, it was an interesting path to go down for sure.”

Kravitz, the daughter of actor-musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, whose paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother were Jewish, considers herself a secular Jew. She’s engaged to actor Karl Glusman, who is Jewish on his father’s side.

Douglas & Zeta Jones
Douglas & Zeta-Jones. Credit: Instagram/@catherinezetajones

Douglas & Zeta-Jones Are Keeping Busy

Interfaith couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones both have new streaming series debuting in November. Douglas, who is Jewish on his famous father Kirk Douglas’ side, stars in Netflix’s The Kominsky Method as an actor-turned-acting coach navigating getting older in Hollywood with his agent and best friend, played by Alan Arkin. The comedy-drama, Douglas’ first series since The Streets of San Francisco 40 years ago, premieres November 16. Zeta-Jones, who is Catholic, stars in the Facebook Watch dark comedy series Queen America as a ruthless beauty pageant coach who can turn anyone into a winner. The eight-part series debuts November 18.

Star-Studded Wedding

Jewish comedian and actor Bob Saget married food and travel blogger Kelly Rizzo who is not Jewish on October 28 in Santa Monica before celebrity guests including John Stamos and John Mayer, who performed. It’s Rizzo’s first marriage and Saget’s second. He has three daughters from his previous marriage to Sherri Kramer.

On Faith and Hanukkah

The PBS special Hanukkah: A Festival of deLights explores the history, traditions, cultural significance and meaning of the eight-day holiday, with authors, rabbis, artists, historians and Jewish actors William Shatner and Lainie Kazan sharing their experiences and insights. More than menorahs, dreidels, and latkes, it shows how a minor holiday rose in importance among Jewish Americans, and how some Jews have grappled with “Christmas envy.”

It will be available beginning November 25 through early December—check your local listings for the date and time.

“Journeys of Faith” is a new podcast featuring interviews with notable people discussing how they’ve used faith and spirituality to guide them through life. Hosted by Paula Faris, the first three episodes—with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, country stars Luke Bryan and Hilary Scott and author Ben Shapiro—will debut November 14 on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Spotify, Stitcher and the ABC News app, with new episodes posting every Wednesday.

“‘Journeys of Faith’ is an opportunity to listen and learn from one another—respecting that faith is the core and foundation for so many, yet no two faith journeys look alike,” says Faris. “I hope listeners will be encouraged and inspired by these stories of what people believe and why.”

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About Gerri Miller

Gerri Miller writes and reports from Los Angeles about celebrities, entertainment and lifestyle for The Jewish Journal, FromtheGrapevine.com, Brain World, HeathCentral.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.