Zoë Kravitz

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Zoë Kravitz
Zoe Kravitz March 18, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Kravitz at the premiere of Divergent in 2014
Born
Zoë Isabella Kravitz

(1988-12-01) December 1, 1988 (age 30)[1][2]
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • model
Years active2007–present
Partner(s)Karl Glusman (engaged)[3]
Parent(s)
Relatives

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. Kravitz made her acting debut in the 2007 film No Reservations.

Her breakthrough role came as Angel Salvadore in the 2011 superhero film X-Men: First Class, which was followed by roles in The Divergent Series and Mad Max: Fury Road. Since then, Kravitz has had supporting roles in such films as The Lego Batman Movie and the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a role she reprised in its sequel, as well as starring roles in independent films, like Dope and Adam Green's Aladdin. Since 2017, Kravitz has also starred in the HBO drama series Big Little Lies.

Aside from acting, Kravitz was the face of Vera Wang's Princess fragrance in 2009, and has modeled for Venus Zine and Elle, among others. She also fronts the band Lolawolf, who released their debut album Calm Down in 2014. The band have also toured with Lily Allen and Miley Cyrus, among others.

Early life[edit]

Kravitz with her father, Lenny, in March 2010

Kravitz was born in Venice, Los Angeles, California at the home of her parents, actress Lisa Bonet and musician Lenny Kravitz.[2] Both of her parents are of African-American and Jewish descent.[4] Her paternal grandmother, actress Roxie Roker (a first cousin once removed of television weather forecaster Al Roker), and her maternal grandfather, Allen Bonet, were black, with some of her grandmother's family being from the Bahamas.[5] Her paternal grandfather, NBC television news producer Sy Kravitz, and maternal grandmother, Arlene Litman, were both Jewish.[6][7][8][9] Zoë identifies as a secular Jew.[10]

Kravitz's parents married in 1987 and divorced six years later, in 1993, when she was five.[11] She lived with her mother in Topanga Canyon, and then moved to Miami at age eleven to live with her father, spending summers with her mother.[12][13] Kravitz has a younger half-sister, Lola Iolani Momoa, and half-brother, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa,[14] from her mother's remarriage to actor Jason Momoa.[15] Her godfather is movie producer Bruce Cohen, and her godmother is actress Marisa Tomei.[16][17]

Kravitz attended Miami Country Day School and then Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, New York, where she graduated in 2007.[18] Kravitz began studying that year at the acting conservatory at the State University of New York at Purchase.[19] She left college after a year and moved to Brooklyn, New York to work in films.[20] She struggled with anorexia and bulimia throughout high school, until around age 24.[12]

Acting career[edit]

2007–2010: Career beginnings[edit]

Kravitz landed her first film role while in high school, playing a babysitter hired by Catherine Zeta-Jones' character in the 2007 romantic comedy No Reservations.[21] That same year she also appeared in the action thriller The Brave One. In 2008, Kravitz appeared in the music video for Jay Z's "I Know", and was featured singing in will.i.am's music video for "We Are the Ones", in support of US presidential candidate Barack Obama.[22] That same year she also appeared in the family drama Birds of America and neo noir comedy Assassination of a High School President.[23]

In 2009, Kravitz co-starred in the independent ensemble drama The Greatest, in which her character is addicted to grief counseling groups.[24][25] In 2010, she appeared in It's Kind of a Funny Story.[26] Also that year, Kravitz appeared in Twelve.[27] Kravitz next starred in the romantic comedy Beware the Gonzo, in which she portrays a high school sex columnist.[28][29][30]

2011–present: Mainstream success[edit]

Kravitz at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con

In 2011, Kravitz appeared in the coming-of-age film Yelling to the Sky.[31][32] She also appeared in eight episodes of the Showtime television series Californication, in which she portrayed Pearl, the vocalist of the all-girl band Queens of Dogtown.[33] That same year she portrayed the comic book character Angel Salvadore in X-Men: First Class.[34] Kravitz filmed her scenes in London and performed wire work for her role, to simulate her character's ability to fly.[13] In late 2011, Kravitz completed work on a film with the working title Treading Water,[35] which was eventually released in 2013, renamed The Boy Who Smells Like Fish.

In 2013, she co-starred in After Earth.[36] In 2014, she portrayed the character Christina in Divergent.[37] Kravitz reprised her role in the sequels Insurgent and Allegiant. Also in 2014, she starred in the independent drama The Road Within and the romantic comedy Pretend We're Kissing.[38][39] She also appeared in the drama Good Kill.[40]

In 2015, Kravitz appeared in the comedy-drama Dope and in Mad Max: Fury Road.[41] In 2016, she co-starred in the action thriller Vincent N Roxxy and appeared in the independent film Adam Green's Aladdin.[42][43] Kravitz also had a cameo in the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Leta Lestrange.[44] In 2017, Kravitz starred in the mystery thriller Gemini.[45] She also appeared in the comedy Rough Night and The Lego Batman Movie, in which she voiced the comic book character Catwoman.[46] Since 2017, Kravitz has starred in the HBO series Big Little Lies, in which she portrays Bonnie Carlson.[47] Kravitz appears in the 2018 science fiction action film Kin, and reprises her role as Leta Lestrange in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in a larger capacity.[48][49]

Future roles[edit]

Kravitz is also set to star as one of the leads in Viena and the Fantomes, and in Black Belle as a gunslinger in the American Old West.[50][51]

Other ventures[edit]

Modeling and fashion[edit]

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.[52] Kravitz starred in a campaign for fashion designer Alexander Wang in 2010,[53] and represented Vera Wang's new Preppy Princess fragrance in 2011.[54] 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.[55] She became the face of Brooklyn-based designer Alexis Bittar's jewelry line in 2015.[56]

Music[edit]

Lolawolf performing in Cleveland Heights, Ohio in June 2014

Kravitz began making music at the age of 16.[57] She fronted the New York/Philadelphia-based band Elevator Fight, which she formed in 2009.[18] 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. She stated in 2011 that her music is a hobby.[13] She also performed with the cabaret troupe The Citizens Band.[57]

Kravitz 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.[16] The band was named after Kravitz' younger siblings, Lola and Nakoa-Wolf.[57] They released their debut album, Calm Down, on October 21, 2014,[58] and supported Lily Allen, Miley Cyrus, and Warpaint on tour in 2014.[59] The band released the five-track EP, Every Fuckin Day, on June 23, 2015.[60]

In 2018, Kravitz was featured on the song "Screwed" on Janelle Monáe's album Dirty Computer.[61] She was also featured on "Anti-Social Smokers Club" on Rae Sremmurd's third album SR3MM.[62]

Personal life[edit]

Kravitz lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.[63][64] The song "Flowers for Zoë," included on her father's second album Mama Said, was written as a tribute to then two-year-old Zoë.[65]

Actress Marisa Tomei is her godmother.[66]

Since 2016, Kravitz has been in a relationship with actor Karl Glusman.[67] In an interview for the November 2018 issue of Rolling Stone, Kravitz announced that she and Glusman became engaged in February 2018.[68]

Kravitz endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[69]

Filmography[edit]

Kravitz at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011
Film
Year Title Role Notes
2007 No Reservations Charlotte
2007 The Brave One Chloe
2008 Assassination of a High School President Valerie
2008 Birds of America Gillian Tanager
2009 The Greatest Ashley
2010 Twelve Gabby
2010 Beware the Gonzo Evie Wallace
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story Nia
2011 Yelling to the Sky Sweetness O'Hara
2011 X-Men: First Class Angel Salvadore
2013 Treading Water Laura
2013 After Earth Senshi Raige
2014 Divergent Christina
2014 Pretend We're Kissing Autumn
2014 The Road Within Marie
2014 Good Kill Vera Suarez
2015 Dope Nakia
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Christina
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road Toast the Knowing
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Christina
2016 Vincent N Roxxy Roxxy
2016 Adam Green's Aladdin Old Miner
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Leta Lestrange Cameo
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Catwoman (voice)
2017 Gemini Heather Anderson
2017 Rough Night Blair
2018 Kin Milly
2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Leta Lestrange
2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Mary Jane Watson (voice)
TBA Viena and the Fantomes Band Manager
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Californication Pearl 8 episodes
2016 Portlandia Kendall Episode: "Breaking Up"
2017-present Big Little Lies Bonnie Carlson 7 episodes
TBA High Fidelity Main cast

Discography[edit]

Albums/EPs[edit]

Title Details
Lolawolf (EP)
  • Released: February 4, 2014
  • Label: Innit Recordings
  • Formats: Digital download
Calm Down
Every F****n Day (EP)
  • Released: June 26, 2015
  • Label: Innit Recordings
  • Formats: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Drive (Los Angeles)" 2013 Lolawolf
"Wanna Have Fun"
"Jimmy Franco" 2014 Calm Down
"Summertime" N/A
"AYO" Calm Down
"Every Fuckin Day" 2015 Every F****n Day

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Passionfruit"[70] 2017 Drake, Moodymann More Life
"Screwed"[71] 2018 Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer
"Anti-Social Smokers Club" Slim Jxmmi SR3MM

Accolades[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2011 Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance It's Kind of a Funny Story Nominated
Scream Awards Breakout Performance-Female X-Men: First Class Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Chemistry Nominated
Choice Movie Breakout: Female Nominated

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