Want to add Drew Barrymore to your list of celebrity sightings? Try dropping in on services at New York’s Central Synagogue.
In an interview for the February 2014 cover Marie Claire, the actress talks about married life with Jewish hubby Will Kopelman, whose father, Arie Kopelman, was the former head of Chanel.
“I try to be a good shiksa wife,” explains Barrymore. “I go to Central Synagogue in New York.” She also attempted to prepare a Passover Seder when she and her husband were courting. “It was a disaster. I screwed everything up. And I got the date wrong. I ended up taking him to a really awesome Seder at [Working Title president and producer] Liza Chasin’s house.”
There’s more. When asked about her thoughts on religion, Barrymore added: “I thought about converting, but it takes a lot of work and time. I love the Jewish faith. I love the family values. I can get behind those.”
This new Drew Barrymore, or as sister-in-law Jill Kargman calls her, “Jew Barrymore,” has traded in her wild child leathers for comfy sweatpants and cookbooks — an the occasional ball gown or two. She and Kopelman have a 16-month-old daughter, Olive, and await their second child in March.
For more on Drew’s obsession with food (or in her words, “porn”), her pregnancy, and how she relates (read: cringes) to her early stardom see the February issue of Marie Claire.
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg , she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.
Drew Barrymore, Shiksa Wife