When it comes to the children of the rich and famous, the public can’t seem to get enough. From embarrassing public outbursts to creepy paparazzi attempting to get a shot of whatever a two-year-old is wearing, eyes are constantly on these kids, and the pressure of a parent’s name can seriously ruin a childhood. On the flip side, most attempts at greatness in a field where their parents have already been successful might also be met with disdain. The children of the stars who wish to pursue similar ambitions as their parents must stand out beyond their family name as independently as possible, and that is precisely what actress, model, musician and activist Zoë Kravitz has set out to do.
“People compare me to my parents all the time, but I can’t pay attention to it,” she told Essence magazine. “I love my parents. I don’t feel pressure at all. I’m supportive of them, and they’re supportive of me, and we love each other.”
Born to rock star Lenny Kravitz and 90’s TV star Lisa Bonet, the young Zoë lived the silver-spoon life that most famous offspring often find themselves satisfied with. Fortunately for Kravitz, the comfort of legacy didn’t quite suit her. Strong-willed and seemingly never satisfied, Kravitz is constantly moving; be it with her band, LOLAWOLF, her penchant for post-apocalyptic action films (the Divergent series, Mad Max: Fury Road, After Earth), or her decorated on-and-off modeling career. Her incredible work ethic and ability to bring any supporting character she plays to the forefront of the viewer’s mind have paid off in spades -- a quick look at Kravitz’s IMDb page shows that her acting schedule (amongst everything else she does) already lasts through 2017, with Allegiant: Part 2. As she said in the same interview, "I'm a very strong believer in the warrior woman, and I just wanted to channel that."
But Kravitz is even more than a rip-roaring, gun-slinging, super-powered triple-threat talent: she is also a survivor. The perils of celebrity can lead to depression, anxiety, social deficiencies and more often than others, self-image issues. During an interview for her May 2015 cover spread in Complex, she opened up about her teenage struggles with body image, which led to battles with both anorexia and bulimia. “I don’t think it was about the fame, but I think it was definitely about being around that world, seeing that world. I felt pressured.”
It was her incredible turn as Marie in The Road Within that brought these painful memories back to the surface, but the ultimate result was a career that spun off in every direction. Zoë Kravitz has proven time and time again that she can step into the shoes of others with the a sense of empathy that connects her to experiences she may never have at all.
Zoë Kravitz is a talent powerhouse that may have been looked over in the past, but cannot be ignored anymore. The latest single from LOLAWOLF’s debut LP, “Bitch”, sums this up in three perfect, biting, confident lines:
Who’s the bad ass bitch that nobody heard that everybody heard of?
Now everybody heard that?
Now everybody heard ...
Zoë Kravitz has an enigmatic, old soul edge that leaves you never quite sure which way she’ll go when she’s on the screen. She's best known from her roles of Christina in the Divergent series and Toast the Knowing in [Mad Max: Fury Road](tag:41445), currently in theaters. (Image credit: Divergent/Lionsgate)