Zoë Isabella Kravitz was born December 1, 1988 and is an American actress, singer, and model. She is the daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. Kravitz made her acting debut in the 2007 film No Reservations.
Her breakthrough role came as Angel Salvadore in the 2011 superhero film X-Men: First Class, which was followed by roles in The Divergent Series and Mad Max: Fury Road. Since then, Kravitz has had a supporting role in the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and its sequel. She has portrayed Selina Kyle / Catwoman in The Lego Batman Movie, as well as starring roles in independent films, like Dope and Adam Green’s Aladdin. From 2017 to 2019, Kravitz co-starred in the HBO drama series Big Little Lies.
In addition to acting, Kravitz has worked as a model and musician. She was the face of Vera Wang’s Princess fragrance in 2009, and has modeled for Venus Zine and Elle. She fronts the band Lolawolf, and released the album Calm Down in 2014. The band has opened for Lily Allen and Miley Cyrus and played a number of music festivals.
Kravitz was born in Venice, Los Angeles, California, at the home of her parents, actress Lisa Bonet and musician Lenny Kravitz. Both of her parents are of half African American and half Jewish descent. Her paternal grandmother, actress Roxie Roker (a first cousin once removed of television weather forecaster Al Roker), and her maternal grandfather, Allen Bonet, were African American, with some of her grandmother’s family being from the Bahamas. Her paternal grandfather, NBC television news producer Sy Kravitz, and maternal grandmother, Arlene Litman, were both Jewish. Zoë identifies as a secular Jew.
Kravitz’s parents married in 1987 and divorced six years later, in 1993, when she was five. She lived with her mother in Topanga Canyon, and then moved to Miami at age eleven to live with her father, spending summers with her mother. Kravitz has a younger half-sister, Lola Iolani Momoa, and half-brother, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, from her mother’s remarriage to actor Jason Momoa. Her godfather is movie producer Bruce Cohen, and her godmothers are actresses Marisa Tomei and Cree Summer.
Kravitz attended Miami Country Day School and then Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, New York, where she graduated in 2007. Kravitz began studying that year at the acting conservatory at the State University of New York at Purchase. She left college after a year and moved to Brooklyn, New York to work in films. She struggled with anorexia and bulimia throughout high school, until around age 24.