*Born December 1, 1988, Zoë Isabella Kravitz is the daughter of 5-time Grammy-winner Lenny Kravitz and Emmy-nominated actress Lisa Bonet (“The Cosby Show”). The versatile entertainer has followed in the footsteps of both of her parents, between fronting the bands Elevator Fight and Lolawolf and an acting career that has enjoyed a meteoric rise as of late.
This spring alone, Zoë has a half-dozen films released in theaters, including the blockbusters Insurgent and Mad Max: Fury Road, as well as Good Kill, The Road Within, Dope and Treading Water. Here, she talks to Robertson Treatment about her life and about latest movies.
Robertson Treatment: How do you explain your career taking off this year? You’re in a half dozen new movies this spring: “Insurgent,” “Treading Water,” “The Road Within,” “Good Kill,” “Mad Max” and “Dope.”
Zoe Kravitz: I don’t know, man. I’ve basically been working really hard for the past couple years. And the nature of the film business is that movies come out when they come out, and these all just happen to be coming out at the same time. [Giggles]
RT: How did you enjoy making “Mad Max: Fury Road”?
ZK: It was good. It was really intense. It was a very long process. It was a six- month shoot in Africa. And it was crazy. I mean, the stunts were kind of crazy, and they were all shot at real speed. The costumes were insane and the conditions were really harsh. So, it was a very intense film to make, but well worth it.
RT: Is it fair to assume that making “Mad Max” was more like shooting “Insurgent” than your other new films?
ZK: In some ways, yes, but I don’t even know if I can compare it to Insurgent. Mad Max is kind of like a beast of its own.
RT: What interested you in Good Kill, which is an excellent film? There, you play drone co-pilot Suarez, who is a pretty complicated character with an intriguing arc.
ZK: Thank you so much. When I read the script, it read like a science fiction film. And Andrew [writer/director Andrew Niccol] is known for sci-fi. But when I spoke to him, he said this picture was 100% factual, which blew my mind. I realized then how little I knew about the drone program. And I felt that, if I knew so little about it, there must be others who should be educated about what’s going on. So, first, I wanted to be a part of the project because I thought it was an important story to tell. On top of that, it’s rare to find roles for strong, young, feisty women, especially in a military film. And I love that Suarez ends up being the moral compass of the story, and that she’s also brave enough to stand up to all these men.
RT: How do you prepare for each new role?
ZK: It kind of varies. I don’t have a method yet. It depends on the script and the character I think I need. I’ve worked with acting coaches, researched roles, and channeled different parts of myself. It’s on a case-by-case for me, right now.
RT: She asks: What’s the secret of your mother, father and stepfather getting along so well?
ZK: I don’t know what the secret is. We’re a family… We all love each other… and we’ve all worked through whatever issues there’ve ever been, and in a healthy way. So, we all get along. Love conquers all, I guess.
RT: At just 26, you already have a solid background in various fields: acting, singing and songwriting, modeling and designing. Which feels the most comfortable, and what direction do you hope to take in the near future?
ZK: Music and acting are the most prominent. But I don’t like to compare them, since they’re both very, very important to me.
RT: What’s the biggest difference between who you are at home as opposed to the person we see on the red carpet?
ZK: Well, , at home, I’m in sweatpants, I’m not wearing any makeup, and I’m not standing with my hand on my hip while smiling. [Laughs] I try to be honest in interviews, but obviously you have to be careful about everything you say and do when you’re being recorded. I’m much more comfortable and quieter at home.
RT: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
ZK: Be confident, and just do it. It’s all about not questioning what everyone else is thinking, since they’re probably looking to others to know what is or isn’t cool.
RT: What key quality do you believe all successful people share?
ZK: Being genuine.
RT: How do you want to be remembered?
ZK: Again, as genuine. I think the best that you can do is stay true to who you are, whatever that is.
Lexus GX 460
Arriving late in Atlanta after an overly long flight from LA, I was pleasantly surprised to find a Lexus GX460 ready for me to drive. Smart and sexy, the ride is well-known for offering a bit of everything, so I looked forward to the driving experience ahead.
Wow Factor: Armed with impressive exterior styling updates, the GX460 definitely grabs the eye with its aerodynamic design that’s caped off by an aggressive grill. Where this ride really wins is for its performance across a variety of road terrains. It’s rare to find a vehicle with the versatility to handle both on and off road conditions, but the GX460 is up to the task, which gives it great wow factor.
Ride: Equipped with a 4.6 V8-32 valve engine, the GX460 emits enough power to more than handle the demands of average day-to-day drives. In large part thanks to its adaptive variable suspension (with rear adjustable height control), this ride is a superb navigator of various road conditions. This duality is its best standout feature.
Comfort: I was impressed with the GX460’s smooth ride and handling. Another plus is the easy accessibility to interior control functions, which is always an asset when your eyes need to be on the road.
Spin Control: Although immediately attractive to a specific type of road warrior, the GX460 has enough bells and whistles to appeal beyond that demo. Priced at 60’s +, this ride is an investment that I think will have wide appeal to affluent drivers.
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