Paul Rudd

Religion, politics, and ideas ofPaul Rudd

Democrat

Jewish

Pro-Gun Control

Religion

Jewish

28 Dec 2012

When asked by Jewish Journal about his Jewish identity, Paul Rudd said

My whole family is Jewish; my wife, Julie, is Jewish – there isn’t anyone in my family who isn’t Jewish. I was bar mitzvahed Reform; we were pretty laid back, but it’s like, oh yeah, I went to synagogue. I know what it’s like to look for matzoh (laughs). I know the culture and I know the food. I know what a Haggadah is! I know these things, and I did a play many years ago [in 1997] called “The Last Night at Ballyhoo,” which was a new play at the time, about Eastern European Jews and the anti-Semitism they faced by German Jews in the South. Alfred Uhry, the playwright, became somewhat of a surrogate father to me in New York – I live in New York still and he does, too. And every seder at Alfred’s house he would say, “You know, if you are Jewish, it almost doesn’t even matter how religious you are. If you’re Jewish, it’s just in the marrow of your bones.” We have a lineage that is so many thousands of years old, that you just relate. It is a tribe; it’s like, “Oh, yeah, that’s my team,” and I feel that for sure.
Political Affiliation

Democrat

31 Oct 2020

When talking to Pete Buttigieg about mending the growing divide between Democrats and Republicans and how to balance the Supreme Court and growing up “blue” in the “red” Midwest, Paul Rudd said

If you believe in human rights, there’s really only one way to go here. But I still believe that truth and science and climate change and decency, human rights, kindness and democracy are still things that are worth fighting.
Gun Control

Pro-Gun Control

20 Jun 2018

Paul Rudd attended the March for Our Lives in DC in the year 2018.

Topic

Jewish

20 Jun 2018

Paul Rudd had a Jewish upbringing.

Summary

Paul Rudd is a Reform Jew.

Although he's not too politically active, he's definitely liberal.

Editorial

Paul Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey. Aside from a brief stint in Anaheim, California, Rudd was mostly raised in Overland Park, Kansas.

Rudd was raised as a Reform Jew and says that his religious upbringing was "pretty laid back." Still, he says, he went to synagogue, had a bar mitzvah, and was completely immersed in Jewish culture and food.[1]

Beyond that, he says that in Judaism, the degree to which a person is religious makes no difference. For him, it's more about heritage than it is about practicing the faith. He said,

My whole family is Jewish; my wife, Julie, is Jewish–there isn't anyone in my family who isn't Jewish. . . . We have a lineage that is so many thousands of years old, that you just relate.  It is a tribe; it's like, "Oh, yeah, that's my team," and I feel that for sure.[2]

Maybe growing up in the Bible Belt will do that to a Jewish kid.

Gay Guys and Gun Control

Just as he kept his faith among a sea of Christians, he also managed to remain fairly blue in the red state of his youth. Rudd isn't the most actively political celebrity, but all signs point to liberal.

First, he seemed pretty star-struck when he met President Obama.[3] But beyond that, he has made clear his support for the two biggest liberal celebrity causes of the moment: gay rights and gun control.

After a Saturday Night Live episode in which he kissed a man, Rudd said he was surprised that people asked him about it. He said,

People would say, "What was it like to kiss a guy?" Like it was such a shocking thing. I said, "How many times does anyone ask, 'You had to shoot somebody. Was that weird?"' I love gay guys. I feel pretty gay. I'm certainly not the most macho guy in the room.[4]

So he might not be standing on the front lines of the gay marriage rallies, but he clearly supports the gay community. About gun control, he took a more serious stance. He participated in a celebrity public service announcement urging Congress to take action on gun control reform in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.[5]

It might not be much, but the result is pretty clear: another Hollywood liberal. If he decides to join the campaign trail or run for office, keep us updated in the comments.

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