HFPA in Conversation: Zoë Kravitz - Figuring Out What Love Is

by Kirpi Uimonen Ballesteros June 26, 2020
Actress Zoë Kravitz

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Being an artist runs in Zoë Kravitz blood. Over the last ten years, she has had film parts in everything from indie movies like Dope to blockbusters like X-Men: First Class and Mad Max: Fury Road as well as television roles on Californication and as one of the powerful women at the center of Big Little Lies. Her latest project is Hulu's television adaptation of the film High Fidelity and its primary source, Nick Hornby's novel of the same name. “I saw the film when I was maybe about 15 or so and read the book in my early 20’s and became a really big fan of writer Nick Hornby in general,” Kravitz told HFPA journalist Nellee Holmes on May 8th.

Her mother, Lisa Bonet, was in the original movie version of High Fidelity as one of Rob's failed relationships. Now Zoë Kravitz is playing Robyn “Rob” Brooks, a character who struggles with the bad relationships of her past and who was played by John Cusack in the widely-known film version. 
“Whenever I read the book or whenever I saw the film it was always really interesting to me that the person who I identified with, it wasn’t any of the women, it was the lead and it was a male. And it’s interesting as a woman when you watch movies, I have a pattern of identifying with male characters and I don’t think that’s because I’m necessarily masculine but I think it’s usually just because for a long time men have been getting the more interesting roles.”

She wanted to explore a character who’s unable to commit, who’s not very good at relationships and obsesses about what went wrong. “She doesn’t realize in order to figure out why relationships aren’t working you can’t necessarily look for all the answers outside of yourself. The journey that Rob goes through is figuring out that you have to go internal, you have to look at yourself first.”

Kravitz related to her character. “The person who’s dealing with heartbreak and has this obsession with music and pop culture and can’t figure out where to put their attention. Do you put all of your attention into the hobbies that you love or do you try and put it into the people that you love? I thought that was a really interesting dilemma and it’s a human dilemma, it’s not necessarily a male issue.”

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