April 6, 2018

Zoë Kravitz is cultural royalty. Yet over the past decade, she’s charted her own course, ably steering clear of any dynastic drama. That speaks not only to her talent but to her ability to navigate her art and her career, just as she saw her parents, Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, do. These days Kravitz has been busy promoting her new indie mystery (Gemini), gearing up for her band Lolawolf’s second album (due out later this year), filming the second season of the HBO juggernaut Big Little Lies, and serving as the global makeup ambassador of YSL Beauté. It’s quite a way for the 29-year-old to be wrapping up what’s been a defining decade in her life. So for her InStyle cover story, we thought it would be interesting to have her speak with someone who’s seen that evolution up close. Enter her godmother, actress Marisa Tomei. The pair sat down in Kravitz’s L.A. home in early March to talk about embracing age, the restorative power of saunas, and the importance of finding your tribe.

Marisa Tomei: Hi, darling.

Zöe Kravitz: Hi, Godmama.

MT: Aww. I’ve known you since you were a tiny babe.

ZK: It’s funny because Jillian—my manager and a dear friend of us both—just now said, “This is so great because you guys have known each other for 30 years,” and I was like, “Ahhh!” [Kravitz turns 30 later this year.] I never really thought about age until recently.

MT: I remember when I was 30 I was working a lot. I mean, intensely.

ZK: Yeah, I’m about to be the most productive I’ve ever been. I’ve worked a lot the past couple of years, but now I’m feeling more confident as an artist and have more opportunities. I’m getting the chance to make art from the ground up. In your early 20s you’re figuring it all out—you’re like a dog with big paws. And you’re waiting for people to open the gates for you. Now they’re open. So I feel really excited for the next 10 years of my life.

MT: To see you cultivate your own style and watch you move through the world as you grow up—you just keep grabbing more of who you are, stepping into yourself. I noticed it so much when you came to see me in the play [How to Transcend a Happy Marriage] last year. I was like, “Oh my god, she’s in a new phase—and a whole new fashion and beauty phase too.” Just when I thought you couldn’t get more gorgeous.

Read the entire interview in our press library.

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