When your dad is retro rocker Lenny Kravitz and your mom is The Bill Cosby Show’s teen queen Lisa Bonet, it’s easy to predict a bright future. Add talent of her own, plus a hip sense of style, and it’s little wonder Zoë Kravitz is making a name for herself. She acts, she sings and now she’s again lending her face to a Vera Wang fragrance campaign. This time around it’s for Preppy Princess, a fruity-floral blend of tangerine, red apple, berries and jasmine. “It’s like uptown meets downtown,” says Kravitz of the new Coty scent, which hits shelves this month. “It’s sexy and still kind of sophisticated, but it has an edge to it.” Though she’s no preppy princess herself, with her boho-chic style and about 20 small tattoos, the free-spirited Kravitz definitely fits the bill of sophisticated with a bit of an edge.
Despite her star-studded lineage and association with a scent whose tagline is “born to rule,” Kravitz is as down-to-earth as they come. She prefers to keep things simple, including her beauty regimen. “I like everything to be kind of organic and clean, so I use a lot of really simple, bare essentials,” explains the actress. “I use coconut oil on my skin, instead of lotion. It smells really good and it keeps your skin soft.” To score rosy cheeks, the star stocks Stila Convertible Colour in Poppy. “It kind of freshens your whole face with one dab.”
With eight film credits already to her name, the 22-year-old is soon to add her weightiest yet with her first lead role. The indie drama Yelling to the Sky is set to premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival this month. “We shot the film in 18 days,” Kravitz says. “It was made with very little money, so it was definitely a team effort, which is what I love about filmmaking: meeting a group of people and making something together.”
Also on the young actress’s lineup this year is the release of the action-packed X-Men: First Class. Due out in Canada on June 3, she plays Angel Salvadore, a housefly who “pretty much pukes acid on people,” as Kravitz puts it. But it’s her character’s power of flight that she envies most. “I think flight’s pretty much the coolest thing,” she says. “There was this one shot we were doing on a beach and they had me on wires really, really high up and kind of soaring around. It was the closest I’ll ever get to flying, but I was like, ‘I can do this!’”
Proof she’s inherited talent from both parents: When Kravitz isn’t acting on a film set, she’s rocking out as the front-woman of Elevator Fight, a six-person indie psychedelic band. “For me right now, acting’s a bit more of a job and it requires more focus,” explains Kravitz. “I just love making music with my band. I do it when I have time and because it makes me happy.” So what’s ahead for this busy ingénue? “I have no idea,” she says. “I just want to keep on making things with interesting people. Whatever comes my way, bring it on.”
Vera Wang Preppy Princess Eau de Toilette Spray, $50. At department and drugstores across Canada.