Scarlett Johansson said she identifies as Jewish.
The actress said in an Israeli television interview broadcast Saturday that her mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and brought her up with a basic observance of Shabbat and holidays such as Chanukah.
Johansson, 23, was speaking to Israel’s Channel 2 from the set of “The Other Boleyn Girl” along with her Israeli-born co-star Natalie Portman.
Unlike Portman, Johansson does not speak Hebrew and claims to know only a smattering of Yiddish.
According to Channel 2, Johansson’s father is of Danish descent and is not Jewish.