French-Israeli Actress Says She Hears ‘Shocking’ Antisemitic Comments From People Who Think She’s Not Jewish
Popular French-Israeli actress Julia Levy-Boeken said that people would be shocked at the antisemitic comments people say in front of her, assuming she is not Jewish.
In an interview on Sunday with French magazine Paris Match, Levy-Boeken, who was born in France, was seemingly complimented by the interviewer for not having a Jewish appearance — “You are a pretty girl, blond” — and asked whether she had personally encountered antisemitism.
Immediately taking issue with the question, Levy-Boeken said that “Jewish girls are the most beautiful in the world” and that her “European” looks enable her to know what people around her really think.
“It is precisely because of my blond hair and fair skin that many people think I’m not Jewish, and I often hear comments that they wouldn’t dare say if they knew, like, ‘They [Jews] are everywhere’ or, ‘We are no longer the majority here.’ This has shocked me more than anything,” she said.
Levy-Boeken is best known for her roles in the movie “World War Z,” the HBO hit series “Entourage” and the Israeli drama “Allenby St.” She made her cinematic debut in her breakout role playing Louba in the French movie “Louba’s Ghost” at age 14.
The French-Israeli actress plays a small part in the upcoming controversial comedic movie “They Are Everywhere,” which critically examimes antisemitism in France. Directed by French-Israeli Yvan Attal, the film was screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The movie — entitled “The Jews” in English — stars Attal and his life partner, actor-singer Charlotte Gainsbourg.