She's only 32, but she's already appeared in 33 film projects, 6 television shows and released 2 albums. She's also a successful fashion model and will appear next year as Catwoman in "The Batman." Our highlighted icon today for Black History Month is the multi-talented Zoe Kravitz.
How You Know Her
She played the mutant Angel Salvadore (aka Tempest) in "X-Men: First Class." She was Christina in the "Divergent" film series. She was Toast the Knowing in "Mad Max: Fury Road." She played Leta Lestrange in the "Fantastic Beasts" movies. She first played Catwoman (voice only) in the animated "The Lego Batman Movie." And she provided the voice of Mary Jane Watson in "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse."
She's also starred in some good indie and dramatic films, including the Inglewood-set, high school comedy adventure drama "Dope"; the Jodie Foster thriller "The Brave One"; the Hollywood mystery thriller "Gemini"; and the war drama "Good Kill" with Ethan Hawke and January Jones.
Their Life So Far
Kravitz is the daughter of music star Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. She was born in Venice, California, but grew up (after her parents' divorce) in Miami and New York City. She began studying acting at the State University of New York at Purchase, but left after a year to start her career.
Her first role was a part in the Catherine Zeta-Jones romantic comedy "No Reservations" in 2007. At the same time, she was performing as a musician, appearing alongside will.i.am and The Cabaret Band, and forming her own bands Elevator Fight and Lolawolf.
Kravitz has also co-starred in several worthwhile tv series, including a run on "Californication," an appearance on "Portlandia" and starring roles in "Big Little Lies" and "High Fidelity." For both "Lies" and "Fidelity" she was nominated for several Black Reel Awards, and "Lies" earned her a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
As a fashion icon, she is the face of YSL Beaute and Alexis Bittar's jewelry line, and has appeared in campaigns for Tiffany & Co., Alexander Wang, Tumi and Calvin Klein.
The Movie to Watch
"Dope" is a fantastic film that's equal parts "Boyz in the Hood," "The Breakfast Club," "Friday" and something entirely new. It's a comedy adventure thriller set in an Inglewood high school where three bright, '90s hip hop-loving teens become inadvertently mixed up in a drug dealer's scam and have to maneuver their way out of it. Kravitz is great as the object of affection for actor Shameik Moore's character, Malcolm. She's wise and real, with a touch of sadness yet optimism for her character's own life situation. The movie's endlessly watchable, touching, funny, and grounded in a palpable reality.
What's Up Next
It was great to hear Kravitz voice Catwoman in "The Lego Batman Movie," which makes us even more excited to see Kravitz play the live action version in director Matt Reeves' upcoming "The Batman," which will open in theaters everywhere on March 4, 2022.
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Chuck is an editor/writer who's worked for NCM, Fandango, Movies.com, MediaTrip, Hollywood.com and Newsweek. His favorite movie is "Jaws." He's definitely a dog guy.