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  • 7 Jewish celebrities who started acting when they were kids

    Yesterday we showed you how adorable (and resourceful) Mila Kunis was as an 11-year-old girl in the unforgettable show “Baywatch.”
    And if Mila did it, there’s no shame, so we decided to dig a little deeper into the wonderful world we call television, movies and commercials of the 1980s and 1990s, and show you other famous Jewish celebrities who had to work their way up to the top of the acting world. Some of them started as a lead in a feature film, others had to use their young acting talents (and raw cuteness, we’re looking at you Sarah Michele Gellar) to promote a burger chain.
    1. Natalie Portman

    Age: 13
    Role: Mathilda Lando in the 1994 French (English-speaking) film “Léon: The Professional.”
    Plot: Portman’s first major role was really serious, actually. She played a seductive 12-year-old girl who smokes cigarettes and comes from an extremely dysfunctional and abusive family.
    What she’s been doing since: Portman continued to have minor roles throughout the 90s, until her breakout role in 1999 as Princess Padmé Amidala in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy. She later had a few lead roles, including an unforgettable role as Evey Hammond in “V for Vendetta” for which she had to shave her head, and then later won an Academy Award for her role in the 2010 film “Black Swan,” making her one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood, especially among Jewish fans (including this blog). More ▸

  • 7 things you need to know about Natalie Portman’s wedding

    Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied tied the knot on Saturday night, after being engaged for over two years. The two met during the rehearsals for the “Black Swan,” which featured Portman and was choreographed by Millepied, a ballet dancer. Here is everything you need to know about the ceremony.
    1. It was mostly a Jewish wedding

    Both Portman and Millepied were wrapped in tallits, and the ceremony took place under a rustic chuppah made of twigs. At the end of the ceremony, Millepied, who is not Jewish, smashed the glass and everyone yelled, “Mazal Tov!” More ▸

  • 18 Jewish celebrities doing (or wearing) American things

    Happy Fourth of July Everyone!
    America is celebrating its 236th birthday and we decided to show some of our favorite Jewish celebrities celebrating America the way it should be celebrated – by doing American things and wearing outrageously patriotic red, white and blue gear!
    So how are the Jewish celebrities celebrating the 4th?
    1. Natalie Portman is drinking a beer More ▸

  • Weekend recap! Portman unites with Syria, Drake battling a lawsuit, Kate Hudson shows post pregnant body, and more!

      Here is what happened to your favorite Jewish celebrities while most people in the country were either watching college basketball or too busy to pretend they are Irish: Natalie Portman joined Sir Patrick Stewart, Susan Sarandon and other celebrities in a campaign condemning a year of bloodshed by the Assad regime in Syria. The campaign, called… More ▸