Tuesday 25 June 2019

'My mother was so beautiful and so tiny, I always felt clunky around her' - Zoe Kravitz

She spoke about her decade long eating disorder which started when she was 13, and proving herself in her acting career

Zoe Kravitz attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Zoe Kravitz attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Zoe Kravitz is reprising her role from the first season of Big Little Lies and wore a little black dress for the premiere (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala - Met Gala - Camp: Notes on Fashion- Arrivals - New York City, U.S. – May 6, 2019 - Zoe Kravitz. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
US actress Zoe Kravitz attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 91st Academy Awards at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on February 21, 2019. (Photo by JB Lacroix / AFP)
Lisa Bonet (L) and Zoe Kravitz attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
91st Academy Awards – Vanity Fair – Beverly Hills, California, U.S., February 24, 2019 – Karl Glusman and Zoe Kravitz. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz (PA)

Sherna Noah

Zoe Kravitz has said she is “slowly learning” to believe that she is hired because of her talent and not her surname.

The 30-year-old actress and singer said she used to question whether having Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet as parents opened doors for her.

She told British Vogue: “When I got into acting school, I never knew if it was because of my audition or my last name.

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Zoe Kravitz in the July issue of British Vogue (Vogue)

“But I’m slowly learning that no director will hire me because of my surname.

“The first 10 years of my career have been about proving myself.

“I now finally feel like I’m in a place where I’m able to say ‘I deserve this’, and ‘I worked really hard’. I’m getting better.”

The Fantastic Beasts star said of growing up: “School was hard for me. My peers were wealthy white kids – jocks and cheerleaders – and I felt super alienated.

“On the cusp of being a teenager you’re trying to figure out who you are, and when there is no reflection of you anywhere you look, you feel like a freak.”

She said her decade-long eating disorder, which began at 13, “came from a lot of things”.

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The July issue of British Vogue (Vogue)

“My mother was so beautiful and so tiny, I always felt clunky around her, and then my dad was always surrounded by supermodels,” she told the July issue of the magazine.

Kravitz is reported to have secretly married actor Karl Glusman.

She said of the couple first meeting in a bar in 2016: “I love that it wasn’t on an app and that it wasn’t on a movie set.”

The July issue of British Vogue is available on digital download and on newsstands from Friday.

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