Kravitz at the Divergent premiere in 2014
|Born||Zoë Isabella Kravitz
December 1, 1988
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, singer, model|
|Family||Sy Kravitz and Roxie Roker (grandparents)|
Zoë Isabella Kravitz (born December 1, 1988) is an American actress, singer and model. She is the daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. She has appeared in the films No Reservations (2007), The Brave One (2007), and as Angel Salvadore in the superhero film X-Men: First Class (2011). Kravitz played Pearl on season four of the Showtime television series Californication, and co-starred in After Earth, with Will and Jaden Smith, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. She is also well known for her role as Christina in the sci-fi dystopian franchise, The Divergent Series.
Kravitz was born in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, at the canal-front home of her parents, actress Lisa Bonet and musician Lenny Kravitz. Both of her parents are of half African American and half Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Her paternal grandmother, actress Roxie Roker, was of African-American and Afro-Bahamian descent (and a third cousin of meteorologist Al Roker), and her maternal grandfather, Allen Bonet, is African-American. Her paternal grandfather, filmmaker Sy Kravitz, and maternal grandmother, Arlene Litman, were both Jewish. Zoë identifies as a secular Jew.
Kravitz's parents married in 1987 and divorced six years later, in 1993, when she was five. She lived with her mother until age eleven, and then lived with her father, while spending summers with her mother. Kravitz attended Miami Country Day School in Miami, Florida, and then Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, New York, where she graduated in 2007. Kravitz began studying that year at the acting conservatory at the State University of New York at Purchase. She left college after a year and moved to Brooklyn to work in films. In 2015, Kravitz revealed that throughout high school and her early twenties she had struggled with an eating disorder.
2007–10: Career beginnings
Kravitz landed her first film role while in high school, playing a babysitter hired by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 2007 romance, No Reservations. That same year she played a teenage prostitute in the action thriller The Brave One, starring Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard. She starred in Jay-Z's music video for the single "I Know" in 2008, and was featured singing in will.i.am's music video, "We Are The Ones", in support of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama. That year Kravitz appeared in the film Birds of America, a dramedy about a dysfunctional family starring Matthew Perry. She co-starred in the independent ensemble drama The Greatest, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Kravitz played a character addicted to grief counseling groups.
She completed work on the coming-of-age film, Yelling to the Sky, in 2009, starring with Gabourey Sidibe and Tim Blake Nelson. The directorial debut of Victoria Mahoney, it premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2011. Kravitz played Sweetness O'Hara, a troubled 17-year-old from Queens, New York. In 2010, she appeared in It's Kind of a Funny Story, a coming-of-age film adapted from the 2006 novel by Ned Vizzini. Also that year, Kravitz appeared in Twelve, adapted from the cult novel of the same name by Nick McDonell, about a group of wealthy and reckless teens from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Kravitz starred as Evie Wallace, a high school sex columnist, in the teen comedy Beware the Gonzo. The film premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
2011–present: Acting breakthrough
In 2011, she appeared in a six-episode arc of the Showtime television series Californication, playing Pearl, an uninhibited musician who recruits Becca (cast-member Madeleine Martin) into her all-girl band, Queens of Dogtown.
She co-starred as Angel Salvadore, one of the superhuman teen mutants, in X-Men: First Class, based on the Marvel Comics characters the X-Men. The film is a prequel to the X-Men film series, and is set in the 1960s during the Cuban missile crisis. Kravitz filmed in London and performed wire work for her role, to simulate her character's ability to fly. In late 2011, she also completed work on the film The Boy Who Smells Like Fish, starring opposite Douglas Smith. Kravitz co-starred in After Earth, alongside Will Smith, Jaden Smith, and Sophie Okonedo. The M. Night Shyamalan-directed film was released on May 31, 2013.
Kravitz co-starred in Divergent, an adaptation of the young adult novel of the same name. She played Christina, a character in a futuristic society divided into five factions. Shailene Woodley starred in the film, and Neil Burger directed. Kravitz starred in the independent drama, The Road Within (2014), with Robert Sheehan and Dev Patel. The film was a remake of the 2010 German film Vincent will Meer. Kravitz also filmed Pretend We're Kissing in Toronto in late-2013, playing Autumn, an agoraphobic, bisexual hippie. The romantic comedy co-stars Dov Tiefenbach and Tommie-Amber Pirie and marks the directorial debut of actor Matt Sadowski.
Kravitz appeared alongside January Jones, Ethan Hawke, and Jake Abel in Good Kill (2014), a drama about a drone operator, directed by Andrew Niccol. She also co-starred in Mad Max: Fury Road, by Australian filmmaker George Miller, set after the 1985 film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Originally scheduled to begin shooting in Australia in early 2011, production was postponed to 2012, and the film was ultimately released in 2015.
Modeling and fashion
Kravitz has modeled in fashion magazines such as French Jalouse, Venus Zine and Elle. She was named the face of Vera Wang's Princess fragrance in 2009, appearing on the website and in advertisements for the brand. Kravitz starred in a campaign for fashion designer Alexander Wang in 2010, and represented Vera Wang's new Preppy Princess fragrance in 2011. In 2013, Kravitz released a jewelry line in collaboration with the Swarovski crystal company. She used ethnic and vintage jewelry, and her birthstone, Turquoise, as inspiration for her designs.
Kravitz fronted the New York/Philadelphia-based band Elevator Fight, which she formed in 2009. The band performed at the South by Southwest music festival and on the main stage of the Roots Picnic in Philadelphia in June 2009, along with The Roots, TV On The Radio, and The Black Keys. Kravitz has stated that her music is a hobby. She started the band Lolawolf while in Los Angeles filming The Road Within. Made up of members of the band Reputante, Lolawolf released an eponymous EP and debuted at the Mercury Lounge in November 2013. The band Lolawolf was named after Kravitz' younger siblings, Lola and Nakoa-Wolf. They released their debut album Calm Down on 21 October 2014. The band supported Lily Allen on tour in 2014.
Kravitz has a maternal younger sister, Lola Lolani Momoa, born in July 2007, and a younger brother, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, born in December 2008, from her mother's marriage with actor Jason Momoa. As of 2009, she lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City. The song "Flowers for Zoë", included on her father's second album Mama Said, was written as a tribute to a then three-year-old Zoë Kravitz.
Kravitz dated her X-Men: First Class co-star Michael Fassbender in 2011. Kravitz began dating Gossip Girl actor Penn Badgley in mid-2011. They split in 2013, shortly after sharing a loft together in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
|2007||No Reservations||Charlotte||Feature film debut|
|2007||The Brave One||Chloe|
|2008||Assassination of a High School President||Valerie|
|2008||Birds of America||Gillian Tanager|
|2010||Beware the Gonzo||Evie Wallace|
|2010||It's Kind of a Funny Story||Nia|
|2011||Yelling to the Sky||Sweetness O'Hara|
|2011||Californication||Pearl||TV series; 8 episodes|
|2011||X-Men: First Class||Angel Salvadore|
|2012||The Boy Who Smells Like Fish||Laura|
|2013||After Earth||Senshi Raige|
|2014||X-Men: Days of Future Past||Angel Salvadore||Archive footage|
|2014||Pretend We're Kissing||Autumn|
|2014||The Road Within||Marie|
|2014||Good Kill||Vera Suarez|
|2015||The Divergent Series: Insurgent||Christina|
|2015||Mad Max: Fury Road||Toast the Knowing|
|2015||Viena and the Fantomes||Band Manager||In post-production|
|2016||The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1||Filming|
Albums / EPs
|"Drive (Los Angeles)"||2013||Lolawolf|
|"Wanna Have Fun"|
|"Jimmy Franco"||2014||Calm Down|
|2011||Scream Awards||Breakout Performance-Female||X-Men: First Class||Nominated|
|2011||Black Reel Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance||It's Kind of a Funny Story||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Chemistry||X-Men: First Class||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Breakout: Female||X-Men: First Class||Nominated|
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