Between the big screen and the TV screen, Zoë Kravitz’s work has helped her make a name for herself. She first appeared as Angel Salvadore on X-Men: First Class and later took on more notable, recent roles like Selina Kyle on 2022’s The Batman. She also had memorable television roles like Rob Brooks on High Fidelity and Bonnie Carlson in “Big Little Lies”. Kravitz comes from a celebrity family of course, her father is none other than rocker Lenny Kravitz and her mother is actress Lisa Bonet. Early in her career, however, Kravitz attempted to go by a different surname to escape these connections. But it “didn’t stick,” via E! News.
While the family comes across as very cool and distant, Kravitz told Rolling Stone in an October 2018 feature that they’re actually pretty goofy. But when she looks back on her time growing up and being raised mostly by her mother, Kravitz regrets how she used to view it. She said her father wasn’t really there and wasn’t “absent” but in a busy way. “But when you’re that age and someone comes and goes, it feels like Santa Claus or something — it’s that event. Looking back, it’s hard,” she said. “My mother gave everything up for me and I kind of took that for granted; and then my father is allowed to walk into town and he is the hero. I look back and really feel for her in this situation.”
Zoë Kravitz said her mother sensed a “dark mood” in Bill Cosby
It seems like Zoë Kravitz has a better look at her mother and the two are now in a close relationship. On the Rolling Stones feature, Kravitz said that Lisa Bonet always told her daughter that she “saved her life.” Kravitz said her mother didn’t go out to find fame, and her fame hit her fast and hard. Having a baby gave her the “quietness and privacy” she needed.
Lisa Bonet became pregnant with Kravitz while starring as Denise Huxtable on A Different World, a spin-off of The Cosby Show. Bill Cosby was reportedly “very upset” when he found out she was pregnant, the magazine reported. Denise was written out of “A Different World” soon after, and she barely appeared on “The Cosby Show” when Bonet came back before finally leaving altogether.
In his memoir Let Love Rule, Lenny Kravitz revealed that discussions about Bonet’s pregnancy were “tense” and that was why she was fired from her own show and eventually left The Cosby Show via MovieWeb.com . Zoë Kravitz recalls that Cosby and Bonet never got along. “Whether he was attracted to her or resented her having a mind of her own, she always got a weird vibe from him. A dark vibe,” she said. There’s also a “disturbing” image of Cosby holding Kravitz as a baby. “His face is not a cute face at all,” she said. “It’s kinda creepy.”
Lisa Bonet was ‘disgusted’ by the allegations against Bill Cosby.
Of course, the “dark vibe” and “disturbing” baby image mentioned by Zoë Kravitz kind of fits Bill Cosby’s current state. As Geier reported in 2016, nearly 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault or misconduct, with alleged cases beginning as early as 2004. And in 2015, Cosby was charged with three sexual assault reports. Speaking to The Guardian in 2015, Kravitz revealed that her mother, Lisa Bonet, had not spoken out about the allegations. “I think she just stays out of it,” Kravitz said. “She’s just as disgusted and worried as everyone else, but I don’t think she has a clue. It’s new to her, too.” Apparently, Bonet worked with Cosby for a long time, and Kravitz agreed, saying that if Bonet felt like she had to say something, she would.
Unfortunately, Kravitz can’t say the same about her experience in Hollywood. On the Rolling Stone feature, she revealed that when she was about 19, she was being pursued on set by someone in power. “I definitely worked with a director that made me feel very uncomfortable,” Kravitz said, explaining how the director wanted to come into her hotel room. “Just totally inappropriate. And then he would do things like come to the makeup trailer and touch my hair. Or say: ‘Show me your costume – turn around?’ It’s just never okay for someone to do something like that. Especially when he’s in a position of power.”