Zoey Francis Thompson Deutch was born November 10, 1994 and is an American actress and producer. She began her career with starring roles in the gothic fantasy film Beautiful Creatures (2013) and the horror comedy film Vampire Academy (2014). In 2016, she starred as Beverly in Everybody Wants Some!! and Stephanie Fleming in the comedy Why Him? In 2017, she starred as Samantha Kingston in the drama Before I Fall, Erica Vandross in the comedy-drama Flower, and Harper in the romantic comedy Set It Up.
She is the younger sister of writer and actress Madelyn Deutch, and the daughter of director Howard Deutch and actress-director Lea Thompson. Deutch has also worked as a producer in addition to acting, producing and starring in The Year of Spectacular Men (2017) and Buffaloed (2019); the former involved both of her parents and her sister, with Thompson directing, Madelyn Deutch writing and starring, and Howard Deutch producing.
She was born in Los Angeles, California. Other close relatives of hers include musician Barbara Barry Thompson, music executive Murray Deutch, and actor Robert Walden. Her mother, from Minnesota, is of Irish ancestry while her father, from New York, is of Jewish ancestry. She is Jewish and had a Bat Mitzvah.
She started taking acting classes at the age of five. Deutch studied at Oakwood School, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and at the Young Actors Space. She majored in theater at L.A. County High School for the Arts. She is a voracious reader, studies with a political science tutor (with a current focus on constitutional law) and takes art classes at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
She began her career in 2010, at the age of 15, with a role on the Disney Channel original series The Suite Life on Deck as Maya, Zack Martin’s love interest.
From 2011 to 2012, she played recurring role of Juliet Martin on The CW’s thriller Ringer. She debuted on the big screen in Mayor Cupcake (2011) alongside her mother and sister. Deutch booked a small scene in The Amazing Spider-Man but director Marc Webb cut the scene, although it is included on the DVD.
Her big screen breakthrough came in the supporting role of Emily Asher, alongside Emma Thompson, Thomas Mann and Alden Ehrenreich in the 2013 fantasy-romance-drama Beautiful Creatures.
In 2017, she appeared in James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, Deutch starred opposite her Everybody Wants Some costar Glen Powell, in Netflix’s 2018 romantic comedy Set It Up. She also landed a role in the drama-comedy The Professor alongside Johnny Depp. She appeared in the drama film Buffaloed in 2018.
In July 2018, it was announced that Deutch would be starring in the Ryan Murphy’s new web television comedy series on Netflix, The Politician alongside Ben Platt and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Deutch starred as Madison in Zombieland: Double Tap alongside Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg, the sequel to zombie comedy Zombieland, which was released October 11, 2019.
In 2020, Deutch starred in the Quibi television series adaptation Home Movie: The Princess Bride, to raise money for World Central Kitchen.
Deutch supports Planned Parenthood and was part of its rally with pro-choice advocates and leaders celebrating the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade at Sacramento, California. She has performed for the benefit of Alzheimer’s Association and “What a pair!” Org with her mother and sister. With her family, she has worked for more than a decade with Corazón de Vida, which supports orphanages in Baja, Mexico. She participated in the 2017 Women’s March and 2018. She is also a part of the Embrace Ambition campaign of the Tory Burch Foundation. She was one of the celebrity ambassadors for the 7th annual “Shop for Success” charity designer shopping event that supports the efforts of Dress For Success. She has also shown her support towards anti-sexual harassment movement Time’s Up. She has been a part of several fundraising campaigns for charity and in support of various causes.