Mila Kunis left the Soviet Union at age 7 with her family. All she remembers? “I was told we were moving down the street," she says — when they were actually moving to the United States.
At…the time, Mila was unaware of the anti-Semitism her family faced. “My parents went through hell and back," the mom-of-two now realizes. "They came to America with suitcases and a family of seven and $250, and that’s it." Mila landed her first acting role at age 14 on That '70s Show, co-starring with her now-husband Ashton… >> Read More
Elizabeth Banks's breakout role was in the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, and since that 2001 film, she's gone on to produce, direct, and act in a wide range of films. She stole our hearts as…Effie in The Hunger Games trilogy— and when her directorial debut, Pitch Perfect 2 was released, it was the best debut for a first-time feature film director. This month, Banks lends her voice to The Lego Movie 2 (which features a Lego Ruth Bader Ginsburg!). We figured it was high time to dive into why we love her so… >> Read More
As you likely know, here at Kveller we've been giving some shoutouts to our favorite Jewish moms. So we figured that this week we'll switch it up a bit and turn to a dad. Make that a hot Jewish…celebrity dad. Taika Waititi — also known as Taika Cohen — is a 43-year old New Zealander. He's directed Thor: Ragnarok, been nominated for an Oscar (for his 2004 short, Two Cars, One Night), and has made a World War II satire film starring Scarlett Johansson that's set to be released this year. Waititi is Dad… >> Read More
We love Gal Gadot; you love Gal Gadot. The Israeli mom of two catapulted to worldwide superstardom as Wonder Woman, and her bubbly, down-to-earth vibe is admirable. She's used her celebrity for good:…she has been an advocate for victims of domestic violence, encouraged Israelis to get vaccinated, visited children's hospitals, and is simply not here for any gendered bullshit. She's spoken openly about the challenges of the whole work-life balance thing, explaining, "The Jewish guilt I feel about being a working mom is the hardest thing." But… >> Read More
Jewish actress Rachel Weisz is a seriously inspirational woman. She has had a long and accomplished career (and she's not slowing down anytime soon!), she's an advocate for women, and she gave birth…to her second child at age 48. (She also has a son, Henry, with Jewish director Darren Aronofsy, born in 2006.) Even though she is super private, we've diligently unearthed a few of the reasons why Rachel Weisz is our favorite Jewish mom — and no, it's not because she happens to be starring in The… >> Read More