THIS may come as a surprise, but actress Kathryn Hahn is NOT Jewish.
Famous for playing a rabbi on the very Jewish series Transparent among a string of other Jewish roles, Hahn’s next foray will be portraying the late Jewish comedy legend Joan Rivers for a new Showtime series, The Comeback Girl.
The series will focus on the years in the 1980s after Rivers dealt with a string of professional defeats and contemplated suicide.
Rivers often referenced her Jewishness in her stand-up comedy and left donations to several Jewish institutions in her will. She died in 2014 after complications from surgery.
Hahn, who grew up Catholic but is married to Jewish actor Ethan Sandler, will also soon appear in The Shrink Next Door on Apple TV, an adaptation of a 2019 reported podcast about a Jewish psychiatrist on the Upper West Side of Manhattan who takes control of the life of one of his Jewish patients.
In 2016, Hahn talked to JTA about her research for the role of Rabbi Raquel on Transparent.
“Playing a rabbi on this show has changed me in so many ways I can’t articulate. It’s perfect timing for me in my life as a mum with two kids and wandering spirituality,” she said at the time.