Though only 25, Zoë Isabella Kravitz has acted in more than a dozen films. But this may be the first time she’s played the close friend of her real life close friend.
In Pretend We’re Kissing, which recently wrapped up filming in Toronto, the daughter of rocker Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet plays the free spirited Autumn. Her real-life pal, 32-year-old Toronto native Dov Tiefenbach plays Benny, a neurotic young man hell-bent on forging a real love relationship with Tommie-Amber Pirie as the confirmed romantic Jordan.
Bonet, Kravitz’s mom, is best known by TV audiences for her long running role as Denise Huxtable on the popular NBC sitcom The Cosby Show which ran from 1984 to 1992. Both of Kravitz’s parents have one Jewish parent (Dad for him, mom for her), while the other parent is African-American.
While still in high school, Kravitz was already acting professionally, and her first film, No Reservations, quickly led to the role of a young prostitute in The Brave One with Jodie Foster. There followed Birds of America (2008), The Greatest (2009), It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Beware the Gonzo (both 2010), X-Men: First Class (2011) and Showtime’s TV series Californication, among other credits.
The multitalented Kravitz has also worked as a model for fashion magazines, designed a line of jewelry with crystal manufacturer Swarovski and followed in her father’s footsteps by fronting a rock band. And, in addition to her parents, Kravitz also inherited entertainment “genes” from her maternal grandfather filmmaker Sy Kravitz.
Pretend We’re Kissing, which is due out in June, is the debut feature length film from writer-director Matt Sadowski who, like Tiefenbach, hails from Toronto. Sadowski had received positive receptions to several short films shown at Cannes in 2012 and 2013, as well as the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Pretend We’re Kissing was made possible after Sadowski emerged as one of eight Canadian filmmakers to be awarded a grant through Telefilm’s Microbudget Program. Named as one of The National Post’s Top Ten Filmmakers to Watch in 2010, Sadowski shot Pretend We’re Kissing the film in just 15 days, considered an oddity in an industry that typically takes weeks or even months to shoot a full-length feature film.
“I hope I’ve created a story that might be the love-child of Woody Allen and Richard Linklater, ” Sadowski has said. “I’m setting out to make a film that people can recognize themselves in. In my experience, falling in, and out of love, is an awkward, fragile, funny, blissful and sometimes, sad journey. Love can happen to anyone and everyone, at any time and every story is worth telling.”
Zoe, Her Father Lenny Kravitz and mother actress Lisa Bonet (later married actor Jason Momoa) / Getty