Hollywood Now: Alison Brie & Dave Franco Engaged; Serena Williams & Drake; Nick Kroll Returns to The League

By Gerri Miller


September 1, 2015
Allison Brie and Dave Franco Engaged
Alison Brie
Alison Brie. Credit: Gage Skidmore


Dave Franco
Dave Franco. Credit: Jason Merritt

Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) and Dave Franco (21 Jump Street, Neighbors) are getting married. Dating since early 2012, the busy actors have similar family backgrounds: Both are products of interfaith marriages, are Jewish on their mothers’ sides and identify as Jewish.

Franco, the younger brother of actor James Franco, whose Russian-Jewish maternal grandmother was active in the National Council of Jewish Women, has said he’s proud to be Jewish. Brie, whose parents were divorced, did occasionally attend Christian-Hindu services with her father at the Self-Realization Fellowship; her mother “would always make sure we knew we were Jewish.” The Hollywood native’s first acting experience was in a Jewish Community Center production.

This month, Alison is on the big screen with a new romantic comedy, Sleeping With Other People, in which she rekindles a romance with an old college flame (Jason Sudeikis) at a 12-step program for sex addicts. Sleeping with Other People, also starring Jewish actor Adam Brody (whose wife, Leighton Meester, who is not Jewish, is expecting their first child) hits theaters September 11.

Franco, meanwhile, has several movies coming up. He’ll play closeted movie star Montgomery Clift in Zeroville and appear in the sequels to his movies Now You See Me and Neighbors, due next year.

Serena and Drake Rally Again
Serena Williams
Serena Williams. Credit: Frederick M. Brown

Tennis superstar Serena Williams, favored to win the U.S. Open, is hotter than ever on the court, and her love life is heating up as well. Her on-and-off relationship with rapper Drake is back on, and he’s been in the stands cheering her on of late. It’s an interfaith love match: Williams is Christian and Drake, whose father is African-American and Christian, has a Jewish-Canadian mother and he was raised Jewish, attending a Jewish day school and celebrating his bar mitzvah.

Nick Kroll Returns for the Final Season of The League

Jewish actor and standup comedian Nick Kroll, who plays Jewish character Rodney Ruxin on FXX’s The League, returns for the comedy series’ seventh and final season September 9. Also known for movies including Date Night and Vacation and Comedy Central’s The Kroll Show, he’s involved in an interfaith relationship with Amy Poehler and made several guest appearances on her series Parks and Recreation as The Douche.


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.