Zoe Kravitz covers the latest issue of InStyle. She always seems to have some new project she’s promoting, but mostly the vibe I get from Zoe’s magazine interviews is that she’s never really promoting those projects. Like, she just decides “oh, I want to do a photoshoot and just chat with Marisa Tomei” and InStyle was like “sure.” Zoe did speak with Marisa Tomei for the interview, and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Tomei is basically Zoe’s godmother. Here are some highlights from the cover story:
Zoe’s biggest lie: “When I was a kid I was a vegetarian—my mom decided I was a vegetarian. And then I went to Disneyland with my dad and I ate meat and I didn’t tell her for the longest time and it, like, ate me alive inside. And then I one day had to tell her, like, ‘I ate meat! And I’m sorry.’ I was like 10, so it was really hard on me.”
Little white lies: “If people ask me if I like their outfit and I don’t like their outfit, I probably would still tell you that I like your outfit.”
Work life as she turns 30 this year: “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.
Beauty as she turns 30: “I’m feeling more in my body. Beauty is so much what’s on the inside, as Hallmark-y as that may sound…even though I was taught that, I didn’t always feel beautiful on the inside or on the outside. I had to go through phases where I had to try to find it.
She loves steam rooms: “Steam rooms are, like, my favorite places ever. For me, spas aren’t for getting my nails done. I want to sweat it out. I have a steam room in my house because it just makes me feel so good. When I’m in L.A., I go to a Korean spa and spend hours there sweating it out, moving the energy…. So if I’m traveling or feeling sh-tty physically, that’s usually the first thing I do.
She loves coconut oil: “Coconut oil is beautiful, the way it smells and feels. I love the idea of putting something on your body that you can eat and that smells like cupcakes … because girls are supposed to smell like cupcakes [laughs]. It’s my favorite thing in the world, coconut oil.
Female empowerment and Time’s Up: “I feel it. I believe it. Because when we come together, you feel the energy immediately. We’ve all grown up in a culture where we were taught to fight with one another for jobs and attention—specifically men’s attention. The fact that we’re supposed to compete in terms of who’s the most beautiful—that’s the issue for this beauty issue! We’re not taught to raise one another up. But everyone looks more beautiful once we get rid of the idea that we need to oppose one another. Everyone gets to sparkle. I want to be an example of a person in the world just being herself.
I’ve been talking about this a bit on Twitter (@KaiseratCB), but hearing Zoe talk about turning 30 is just… ugh, whatever. You are still SO YOUNG at 30. I wish I could tell that to every 29-year-old woman who is freaking out about the big 3-0. 30 is nothing. 30 is wonderful. 30 is so young. Wait until you get closer to 40, that’s when the wheels start coming off and IT IS NO JOKE. Like, my body hurts after doing nothing. I can’t work out the same way. I go to bed crazy-early because I can. The one bright spot is that with every year after 30, you give less and less of a f–k about almost everything.
Also: I’ve never understood steam rooms. Never. I don’t have the steam room gene, I guess.
Photos courtesy of WENN, cover courtesy of InStyle.