Daddy’s little girl charts her own path.
ZWhen you’re born into a legendary lineage, it’s hard to set yourself apart from the fame associated with your name. Yet, few celebrities do it with natural sass and class like Zoë Isabella Kravitz. Like the Sagittarian that she is (born 1 December 1988), this fiery beauty of X-Men and Divergent fame not only possesses great creativity in all kinds of arts, but is also surprisingly downto-earth and self-possessed with a maturity uncommon in her peers. As the daughter of rock star Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet of The Cosby
Show fame, it seems like Zoë was genetically predisposed to be talented and beautiful. Especially when you consider her celebrity grandparents (paternal) like grandfather Sy Kravitz — a Hollywood film producer — and grandmother Roxie Roker — an actress best known for her role as Helen Willis on the ’70s sitcom
Growing Up Kravitz
The million-dollar question anyone has for a celebrity kid is this: “Was it tough growing up with [insert famous parent or last name]?” If you ask Zoë, she’d tell you no.
She describes her upbringing as ‘normal ’, having lived with her mother
From The Inside Out
after her parents split, and then with her father after age 11. “[It’s not so much growing up that is tough, but] when I started acting, there’s that moment when everyone was like, ‘Let's see what you can do.’ It made me stronger,” she says. “It made me work harder. I think there’s only as much pressure as you allow there to be. So, I’m very proud to be in that family.” Zoë’s tenacity is evident. Although she started actively pursuing acting after a year at college, Zoë always attended auditions and casting calls while still in high school. And despite her blockbuster inclinations – No Reservations (her first role), The Brave One, X-Men: First Class (she can fly!), After Earth, Divergent and Insurgent – she worked with independent films that showed on the Sundance, Tribeca and The Berlin International Film festivals. She’s even ventured into the small screen with the series Californication.
Music is just as big a deal as acting is to her (probably thanks to Dad). Not only has she founded and fronted rock band Elevator Flight (which performed at the prestigious South by Southwest music festival), she also
“I THINK THERE’S ONLY AS MUCH PRESSURE AS YOU ALLOWAL THERE TO BE.”
started electropop band Lolawolf (which released their debut album in October 2014) and toured with British pop star Lily Allen on her 2014 Sheezus tour.
Zoë’s unique features are appreciated on- and off-screen. She’s modelled for fashion magazines like Jalouse, Venus
Zine and Elle. Twice, she was the face of Vera Wang’s fragrances (Princess and Preppy Princess), and by age 25, she starred in an Alexander Wang fashion campaign and released a jewellery capsule collection with Swarovski. All this is badass when you consider that she earned an eight-stitch
IT SEEMS LIKE ZOË WAS GENETICALLY PREDISPOSED TO BE TALENTED AND
battle scar on her pretty nose from filming Divergent. By the way, this woman can also bust a move. Live With Kelly and
Michael once observed Zoë at a Madonna after-Oscars party, saying, “If you ever get the opportunity to watch Zoë Kravitz dance, take [it].”
Too Hot To Handle
Zoë’s taste is pretty refined when it comes to the guys. She has been linked to A-listers like Ben Foster, Ezra Miller, Michael Fassbender, Penn Badgley, Chris Pine, and even Drake. However, she isn’t dating anyone right now because many guys would say to her that she’s too cool for them (and they can’t handle it). Go figure.
No Biggie, Really
As glamorous as her life may seem, Zoë has had her fair share of struggles, especially with body issues. She battled anorexia and bulimia at 16, hitting a point where she suffered immune system failure. It took some time, but she attributes confronting her problems and insecurities as her road to self-love and confidence. Zoë reassures that she is extremely grateful for her upbringing and life, but acting and music aren’t something she wants to do forever. With an interest in photography and set design, she sees herself pursuing paths in that direction. She also confessed to wanting to become a farmer, with a plot of land in upstate New York or even Mexico. Given a chance, she mentioned that she would like to take a year off work and travel to farming communities around the world.
She rocks classy on the red carpet just as well as she does
edgy on stage.