Distractions: Seth Rogen, age 13


By Molly Freedenberg

I'm not a huge Seth Rogen fan. He's charming enough, I guess, and I always have a soft spot for Jewish actors who aren't conventionally attractive (Jason Schwartzman and Woody Allen, I'm talking to you). But since I am neither a 17-year-old boy nor a stoner, Rogen's comedies simply don't do much for me; hence, neither does he.

However, I've developed a new affection for him after stumbling across a video of him performing stand-up as a teenager on one of my favorite time suck sites, www.idontlikeyouinthatway.com. In the video, he's surprisingly confident and funny for his age. Plus, he's taking shots at Judaism -- a sure way to warm this semi-Semite's heart.

I'm still not going to see Observe and Report, or probably ever finish more than 20 minutes of Knocked Up. But when he gets a little older and starts doing more comedian-turned-serious-actor stints (a la Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), I might actually buy a ticket to see him rather than watching his film for free via www.sidereel.com. Nice job, 13-year-old Seth. You've (almost) caught yourself a nice (almost) Jewish girl. At least, as a possible fan.


Oh, I don't mean to leave out the conventional hottie Heebs. Good call on Paul Rudd. And how 'bout early Paul Newman?

As for Jason, his father is Jewish, which makes him exactly as Jewish as I am - and therefore Jewish enough for me.

Posted by Molly Freedenberg on Apr. 21, 2009 @ 10:48 am

You have a soft spot for Jewish actors who aren't coventionally attractive?

Interesting, because I have a soft spot for Jewish actors who ''are'' conventionally attractive, like Paul Rudd, Zac Efron, Gabriel Macht, and Adam Brody.

BTW, Jason Schwartzman's mother is not Jewish; she is Italian. She's not just standard Italian, she's from the Hollywood Coppola clan, which includes Frances Ford Coppola and Nicolas Cage (who is in fact Jason's first cousin).

Posted by Jennifer on Apr. 20, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

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