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Is Will Farrell Jewish?
Will Ferrell is an American actor, comedian and writer who is known for his roles in both comedic and dramatic films. Though his religious beliefs have not been widely discussed, there is evidence to suggest that Ferrell may be Jewish.
Though the actor has largely avoided speaking on the subject of his religious beliefs, some sources point to Ferrell being Jewish. In a 2003 interview, Ferrell stated that, “I was raised Jewish, my family was Jewish and I observe some of the holidays and some of the rituals.” Later, in 2005, Ferrell made a joke about his ethnic heritage on Saturday Night Live when he spoofed the then-popular hit show Desperate Housewives. While playing the role of a househusband, he quipped “I’m taking my kids to temple whether they like it or not.”
Ferrell has also been open about his Jewish heritage in other media appearances. In an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, he revealed that he celebrated bar mitzvahs and had his own. Additionally, while accepting an award at the Genesis Awards in 2013, Ferrell said that he was “proud to be a practicing Jew.”
There have also been other examples of Ferrell’s Jewish heritage being highlighted in his work. In his 2004 comedy Anchorman, when asked by a reporter if he is Jewish, Ferrell’s character responds, “No, I’m not Jewish, I’m Irish… actually, I’m Jewish.” Additionally, in the 2004 movie Elf, Ferrell’s character Buddy is seen in the movie celebrating Hanukkah and singing a song about it.
Though there is evidence that suggests that Will Ferrell may be Jewish, the actor has yet to directly address the question of his religious beliefs. Whatever his religious status may be, Ferrell seems to be comfortable bringing his Jewish heritage into his work, if only in a comedic sense.
So, is Will Ferrell Jewish? While there is evidence to suggest that he is, the answer ultimately remains a mystery. Whether Ferrell is Jewish or not, it is certain that he is comfortable embracing his heritage in his life and in his work.