Zoë Kravitz Biography

Singer, Actress (1988–)
Zoë Kravitz is an American singer and actress who's starred in films like 'X-Men: First Class,' 'The Divergent Series,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and HBO's 'Big Little Lies.'

Who Is Zoë Kravitz?

Born in 1988, Zoë Kravitz is best known for being a film and television actress, although she's also the frontwoman for the R&B/electropop band Lolawolf. Her striking looks and her love for acting and singing could be attributed to her famous parents: rockstar Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. Kravitz made her film debut in 2007 with No Reservations. From there she continued to appear in big-budget films like The Brave One (2007), opposite Jodie Foster, and The Divergent Series, where she played the role of Christina. In 2015 she also took minor roles in the heavily female ensemble, Mad Max: Fury Road, and in the comedy-drama Dope. On television, she starred in Showtime's Californication but made a more impressionable splash with the highly successful HBO series Big Little Lies in 2017.

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Zoe Kravitz arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Mad Max Fury Road' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on May 7, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Boyfriend

Since 2016 Kravitz has been dating actor Karl Glusman, of Nocturnal Animals fame.

Famous Mom & Dad

Kravitz is the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, who were married from 1987 to 1993. Both parents share a Jewish and black background. Kravitz has two half-siblings through Bonet's marriage to actor Jason Momoa: Lola and Nakoa-Wolf, from which she derived her band's name Lolawolf. 

When and Where Was Zoë Kravitz Born?

Kravitz was born on December 1, 1988 in Los Angeles, California.

'Big Little Lies'

In 2017 Kravitz took on the role of Bonnie, a laid back, boho yoga instructor who is the second wife of Madeline Mackenzie's ex-husband in HBO's miniseries Big Little Lies. (Madeline Mackenzie is played by Reese Witherspoon.) Although Bonnie and Madeline have a civil but slightly contentious relationship during most of the series — the contention essentially coming from Madeline — the two women ultimately end up bonding over their shared experience in the murder mystery that overshadows the ultra-affluent town of Monterey, California. 

About playing Bonnie, Kravitz confessed: “I think people always assume for whatever reason that I’m much more hippie-dippy than I am.”

“I’m certainly not as patient as Bonnie is, the way she takes the high road with Madeline," she added. "I can be quite confrontational at times. Bonnie has an amazing level of compassion; she’s very aware of others’ struggles.”

With an additional A-list cast of Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern, the series was greenlit for a second season, adding the powerhouse of Meryl Streep into the mix. 

Big Little Lies season 2 is set to premiere in 2019.

Movies and Television

In Kravitz's early film career, she participated in both big-budget and indie films. In addition to No Reservations (2007), starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart, and The Brave One (2007) starring Jodie Foster, she also appeared in smaller projects like The Greatest (2009), Twelve (2010), and Yelling to the Sky (2011). 

In 2011 she played a free-spirited rock singer named Pearl in Showtime's Californication as well as a flying mutant named Angel Salvadore in X-Men First Class. Two years later, she co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan's post-apocalyptic box office bomb After Earth but found better success with The Divergent Series, which starred her Big Little Lies co-star Shailene Woodley.

Other films include: Good Kill (2014), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Viena and the Fantomes (2017), and the upcoming American West drama Black Belle. 

Diversity in Hollywood

Having experienced her own fair share of racial typecasting, Kravitz has been a vocal proponent of diversifying storytelling in Hollywood. “I ask writers and producers: ‘Why don’t you have any black people in your film?’, ‘Why do stories happen to white people and everyone else is a punchline?,’” she said in an interview with the Guardian while promoting the 2015 film Dope. “What I’m finding is that a lot of people don’t see it’s an issue because it’s not their story, unless they’re black or a minority.”

Kravitz has also recently spoken of the gender power imbalance in the industry and how she wants to focus on playing a bigger role behind the scenes.

"I want to write and produce and direct and star in my own films," she told Teen Vogue in 2016. "I have so many half-written scripts, ideas that I think are really great... we live in a day and age where you can really develop your own projects now."

Modeling 

Outside of acting and singing, Kravitz has also dipped into modeling projects. She's worked on beauty and fashion campaigns for Vera Wang, Alexander Wang, Alexis Bittar, Calvin Klein and Balenciaga. 

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