Here Are 15 Celebrities You Had No Idea Were Jewish

The total Jewish population in the USA is estimated to be between 5.5 million and 8.5 million, which is about 1.5-2.5 percent of the population or so. While that is a fairly small percentage, one place where Jewish people are represented very well is in Hollywood. You probably know quite a few famous actors, musicians and celebrities that are Jewish. But in addition to those you know, there are dozens more stars that you had no idea were Jewish. While all of these people may not be observant anymore, these 15 stars all grew up in a Jewish household or had Jewish parents. The star in the number 10 spot is surely one you would never expect.


#15 Mila Kunis



Kunis is known for her variety of movie and TV roles and has been a staple in entertainment for years. Kunis was actually born back in the Soviet Union to a Jewish family and moved to the USA to avoid the anti-semitism that they faced back home. Another famous actress comes in at the number 8 entry.

#14 Natalie Portman


Portman is definitely among the most impressive actresses in Hollywood. Not only has she been a leading lady in numerous movies, she also went to Harvard. But did you know she was actually born in Israel? That’s right, she was born Neta-Lee Hershlag in Jerusalem but grew up in the eastern United States.

#13 Jake Gyllenhaal


Gyllenhaal has been a staple on the big screen as a leading man for over a decade and has played some important and pivotal roles. He was born to a Jewish mother, Naomi Fone, who was born to a Jewish family in New York City. The person in the next entry is routinely named one of the most beautiful people on the planet.

#12 Scarlett Johansson


Johansson has been acting in films for over two decades and is without a doubt one of the most beautiful women on the planet. Her father is originally from Denmark and her mother comes from a Jewish family from the Bronx. As a result, Johansson grew up in a half-Jewish household.

#11 Sacha Baron Cohen


Despite his many convincing portrayals of characters from all over the world, Cohen is Jewish. While he was born in London, his mother was born in Israel. He was raised Jewish and is fluent in both Hebrew and English. The man in the next entry is one of the most famous rappers currently performing.