As most already know, Zoë Kravitz’s famous parents are rock star Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. But while Zoë could easily have relied on her family name to get by, she decided to find her own career path.
Zoë has followed in Lenny and Lisa’s footsteps. On the acting front, Zoë has appeared in countless films, including The Batman, Dope, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, according to IMDb. Musically, Zoë also has her own band called Lolawolf and performs as a solo artist after being featured on Janelle Monáe’s song “Screwed”. In February, Zoë opened the recording of her debut album with hit producer Jack Antonoff. “It feels vulnerable and it’s a little bit scary, but making music makes me happy,” she told Elle. However, this isn’t the first time Zoë has spoken about her solo album. In October 2021, she admitted to AnOther magazine that the recording will detail specific events from her personal life. “I wrote it over a long period of time, subconsciously just capturing this range of emotions… It’s about love and loss. I married. I got divorced. Breakups, breakups are sad, but so are beautiful things, the bittersweet, this beginning and this end,” said Zoë.
Even though Zoë is busy and busy and a star herself, that doesn’t mean she’s always had it easy.
Zoë Kravitz felt like she had to work “that much harder” to prove herself
Zoë Kravitz was born into the entertainment industry and the bar was set pretty high. Her father, Lenny Kravitz, is a four-time Grammy Award winner, while her mother, Lisa Bonet, starred in one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, The Cosby Show. Apart from that, Zoë’s career choice was not necessarily based on her parents’ professions. In February, she told Elle her passion for performing started very early. “As a child, I gave performances at my grandparents’ house. And it had nothing to do with who my family was. It was because I loved it,” she revealed.
While appearing herself, Zoë admitted that she initially felt that the opportunities she had been given were only given because of her family’s name. She told InStyle in 2019 (via Yahoo), “I always felt like I had to work so much harder to prove I wasn’t just in it for the ride, you know.” While Zoë admitted that Lenny and Bonet, when her parents opened doors for her, she insisted that it was only getting her so far. “I really don’t think my last name will do anything for the filmmakers I want to work with, but the rest of the world might think that the only reason I have these jobs is where I come from. A lot of my ambitions start,” continued Zoë.
Zoë Kravitz had plans to get rid of her middle name
Once upon a time, Zoë Kravitz considered giving up her last name and using her middle name Isabella instead. “I kind of tried, but it just didn’t last. People kept forgetting,” she told fellow actor Dax Shepard on his podcast, Armchair Expert, in 2020 (via E! News). “Nobody reacted to this idea that I had. I told my agent and it just didn’t happen.” That wasn’t the only reason she didn’t pursue the idea, though. Zoë’s father, Lenny Kravitz, didn’t feel it either, admitting it made him “a little bit sad.”
“I used to be really insecure about people just associating me with my family and now I love it — I’m so proud of them and it’s cool,” she added. After years of hard work, Zoë has managed to be her own boss and create her own track. And that’s why she’s more than happy to exist in the same room as her parents. In fact, Zoë appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2019 to play lip sync charades with her dad. She also shared a throwback picture of her parents to her page on Instagram, making it clear that she’s proud of her talented roots despite accusations of nepotism.