With the mega-success of The Hunger Games franchise, it seems certain that other books-turned-films will follow suit, catapulting their stars into the limelight. And the Divergent series, based on the wildly popular young adult book trilogy by Veronica Roth, is shaping up to be the next big adaptation.
Our March Girl Crush, Zoë Kravitz, nabbed the coveted role of Christina in Summit Entertainment's take on the first installment. Yet the down-to-earth actress shrugs off the idea that she could become a household name after the movie's March 21 release.
Kravitz is just "excited to be a part" of the much-anticipated franchise. "I think it's a really awesome story, and I think it's really nice to see something that's made for young adults that is empowering and encouraging and complex," she elaborated.
This isn't Kravitz's first foray as a bada** femme fatale. In 2011, she starred as X-Men: First Class' stripper/flying mutant Angel Salvadore, and she recently wrapped production on Mad Max: Fury Road. When we ask her if she has any cool scars from doing her own stunts, Kravitz at first can only recall "a few cuts and things" from other films she worked on.
Then something dawns on her. "Oh wait! That's a total lie… what am I talking about?!" she said, gesturing to a (nearly imperceptible to us) mark. "I have this giant scar. Can you see it?"
She sets the scene by telling us it was the last day of shooting, and she and co-star Shailene Woodley were eating lunch at Woodley's trailer. "Chicago… what do they call it? The Windy City!" she said, joking about a gust that caused Woodley's trailer door to blow shut.
"I'm sitting there and all of a sudden, I'm like, 'Hey! (makes crashing noise) And the door just slams closed on my face, and I just feel blood start coming down."
After a brief moment of panic on her part, Kravitz let co-star "Theo [James], being like the gentleman that he is" come to her rescue. After making her lie down and put ice on the wound, he broke the silence. "He was like, 'Do you want to see it, or do you not want to see it?'" she said, imitating his voice. "'It's not that bad, but it's kind of bad.'" The whole debacle ended with a trip to the hospital, where Kravitz got eight stitches across her nose.
With such a hunky man of chivalry on set, we wondered, did Kravitz find it hard to concentrate?
"No, no… Theo's like my brother," she stated. "He's very, very funny, which I think is funny that people don't really know because he's so serious in the movie — total heartthrob. But he's just very funny and very kind and very approachable."
James isn't the only other entertainer she admires. Kravitz cites esteemed actresses like Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett as role models.
And, we presume, her very dear friend, Jennifer Lawrence. Since the two are now both starring as ballsy chicks in their respective blockbusters, we wanted to know who would win in real life if Kravitz and Lawrence were to battle.
"Her, absolutely!" Kravitz exclaims. "That woman is strong and tall. Yeah, she would definitely win. I would cheat, though. I would, you know, like, bite or something totally dirty."
When asked if she's an adrenaline junkie, the actress doesn't dispute the idea. "I think we probably all are, you know? I mean, I get scared every time I go on stage; I get scared every time I start a project. It's like… it's vulnerable. You wanna do a good job and you wanna be honest, so I just think that's a good sign when you get nervous before starting any kind of project."
And projects are plentiful for this 25-year-old.
In addition to several films in the works, Kravitz stays busy with her band, Lolawolf, and is optimistic about the idea of touring with them.
So while you might see her on the big screen in Divergent or, if we're lucky, onstage with Lolawolf, there's one place you won't be seeing Kravtiz anytime soon: social media, which she says "freaks me out, man… freaks me out."
And even though she doesn't believe in social media, she does — like the factions in Divergent — have strong beliefs. "I believe in women's rights," she said. "I believe in peace. I believe in avocados. I believe in freedom of speech. I believe in fairies. I believe in a lot of things!"
She also believes in making a name for herself, which she's doing a pretty bang-up job of at the moment. She doesn't even mind the expectations attached to being the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet.
"It made me stronger, I think. It made me work harder," she revealed. "But no, I think there's only as much pressure as you allow there to be. I'm very proud to be in that family."
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