You may never have heard of Jonathan Lipnicki, Alexander Gould or Esti Ginzburg, but someday soon I’ll bet they’ll be household names. These three are just a few of the up and coming young Jewish celebs making it in Hollywood. I was tipped off to one of them, Logan Lerman, by a DCMY (Don’t Call Me Yenta) fan who believes Logan is Zac Efron’s acting doppelganger. While I'm not sure I agree about the Zac comparison, she did have a good point—I’ve been missing out on a whole new crop of Jewish actors. So here’s my list of born in the 90s actors to keep an eye on:
Flora Cross: Eighteen-year-old Flora has accomplished more than many twice her age. Born in Paris to a Jewish family, she speaks French, Spanish and English fluently. She’s lived in Argentina and acted in movies with some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including: Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche, Nicole Kidman, Jack Black and Kyra Sedgwick. And Roger Ebert had the following to say about her, "The performance by Flora Cross is haunting in its seriousness. She doesn't act out; she acts in."
Esti Ginzburg: Move over Bar Rafeali, there’s now another Israeli Sports Illustrated swim suit super model on the scene. Esti signed a contract with modeling agency Elite Models at the age of 14 and made her acting debut in 2010 in the film Twelve. A resident of Tel Aviv, Esti joined the IDF in the summer of 2009. According to her Wikipedia entry:
[In] October of that year, while speaking in support of enlisting, [Esti] caused headlines by criticizing fellow Israeli model Bar Rafaeli for avoiding military service via a short-lived marriage to a family friend. On joining the army Ginzburg said: "Military service is part of the things I personally believe in."
Zachary Gordon: My nieces and nephews are big fans of the books-turned-movies Diary of A Wimpy Kid and star Zachary who plays Greg Heffley in the film series. This talented, young actor has also appeared in two episodes of the popular TV show How I Met Your Mother.
Alexander Gould: I am a HUGE Weeds fan and Nancy’s middle son Shane Botwin is my favorite character. Sometimes ruthless murderer and sometimes still just a naïve, young kid, Alexander somehow makes Shane always seem relatable and likeable even at his worst. Did you also know that Alexander is the voice behind the title character in Finding Nemo?
Logan Lerman: At only 19, Logan has appeared in a lot of movies already. In fact, this yenta was surprised she’d never heard of him! Logan played the title character in the 2010 fantasy-adventure Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief. He also starred in in the TV series Jack and Bobby and the movies The Butterfly Effect, Hoot, the western 3:10 to Yuma, the thriller The Number 23, the comedies Meet Bill, Gamer and My One and Only. Up next, Logan will appear in a remake of The Three Musketeers and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Jonathan Lipnicki: Only six when he charmed audiences as the adorable boy in Jerry Maguire, Jonathan is all grown up. These days, Jonathan has been focusing on independent movie roles and his philanthropic work for organizations like the Breast Cancer Research Foundation the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Starlight Children Foundation and the NBA's Read to Achieve program.
Sarah Ramos: Sarah plays Haddie Braverman on the popular TV show Parenthood. Sarah is of Hispanic and Jewish descent and first hit stardom on the show American Dreams playing Patty Pryor.
Daryl Sabara: Another movie series big with the tweens set these days are the Spy Kids films—now I believe in its fourth iteration. Daryl plays Juni Cortez in the series. He’s also appeared on a slew of other popular tween shows and movies including, Wizards of Waverly Place, The Polar Express, and as a judge on the reality show America's Most Talented Kids.
Zoe Weizenbaum: Zoe is the daughter of a Jewish American mother and a Chinese father and is best known for her role in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha. Like her peer Flora, Zoe is one smart, accomplished, young girl. Zoe Speaks English, Mandarin and Japanese. She headed off to Middlebury College in the fall of 2010.
I had a lot of help from Wikipedia and my nieces and nephews for this post. Here’s a larger list of Jewish actors born in the 90s to check out from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_actors. Just don’t call me yenta.