Zoe Kravitz has always been a bit mysterious. After all, that’s kind of the central theme of the Kravitz/Bonet family – while Zoe, Lenny, and Lisa are all ridiculously famous and good-looking, they somehow maintain an aloof sense of cool and secrecy – they’re the in-crowd, and we’re their adoring fans.
But in her recent interview with Complex, Zoe is opening up more than ever before. The actress/singer, who recently threw down with her band Lolawolf at SXSW and will be appearing in the new Divergent film, revealed she’s felt the same pressure as everyone else to fit in, including suffering from insecurities and an eating disorder.
The 26-year-old beauty can be seen posing in seductive leather bondage gear in the magazine’s accompanying spread – but this is so much better than 50 Shades. And even though she looks like the latex goddess of our dreams, Zoe had a lot to say about her self esteem, teen years, what it means to grow up in the spotlight, and even her relationship with Drake.
Check out some excerpts from the interview below.
On the desire to fit in:
“When I was younger. I really wanted to prove to people I was a normal human being, that I was cool, chill. When kids were mean, the first thing they’d say is, ‘She thinks she’s so fucking cool because her dad is famous. I just wanted to fit in.”
On being raised by Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz:
“She wanted to give me an opportunity to be a normal kid don’t think anyone knows how funny we are. It’s like this whole thing where people think we’re so cool and hippie and wear velvet…but we’re the fucking nerdiest people.”
Oh, and remember that time Ashton Kutcher made her breakfast?
Once, when she was 15, Kravitz woke up to Ashton Kutcher cooking omelets in her kitchen. “I [told my friend], ‘We don’t even know Ashton Kutcher. Why would he be here?’ ” Kravitz once explained on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “I went downstairs and had pimple cream on my face and was wearing a T-shirt. There he was, making an omelette. We sat there before school, and ate omelets, not understanding why he was there.”
But Zoe really opened up when speaking about her eating disorder:
“I had a really hard time when I was 16, 17, 18. I started with the eating disorder in high school….” She trails off at this, and puts her hand to the side of her face, rubbing her right ear, and then dials back to the beginning of that thought: “Just [a hard time] loving myself.”
On being anorexic and bulimic:
“I think it was part of being a woman, and being surrounded by [fame],” she explains, before backtracking: “I don’t think it was about the fame, but I think it was definitely about being around that world, seeing that world. I felt pressured.”
And guys, listen to this:
“NO ONE EVER ASKS ME OUT. WHEN I MEET A GUY WHO’S INTO ME, THEY’RE LIKE, ‘YOU’RE SO COOL THAT I CAN’T HANDLE IT.'”
On being a Kravitz (and how it helps):
“It was very easy for me to get an agent when I wanted to act, for obvious reasons,” she says earnestly. “And I don’t know, maybe it’s not because they thought I was talented—I wasn’t the most talented girl in the world when I was 15. It was because my parents were famous, and they were like, ‘Cool, maybe we can make money off of that.’ ” She’ll admit that things were handed to her. “I know so many talented people that do the most amazing things but they need to work at a restaurant. I don’t. I can make all the art I want and get paid to do it—it’s fucking crazy. I’m so thankful for it.”
And finally, we all love when Drake and Zoe get together, but they’re just friends, and will remain so:
“I’m very flirtatious…[But] he’s family to me. He’s a really, really awesome dude. We inspire each other…We play each other music.”
You can catch Zoe in the new film Insurgent in theaters now.