Zoe Kazan’s parents were “horrified” when she chose to get into acting.
The 30-year-old actress made her film debut in 2003’s Swordswallowers and Thin Men and has also dabbled in writing and producing over the years. Despite being the daughter of screenwriters and having a film/theater director and playwright for grandparents, Zoe’s chosen career wasn’t met with delight.
“I didn’t know my grandfather [director Elia Kazan] was famous until I was 12. A teacher said something at school and I went home confused. My parents were like, ‘Well this is the way the world sees him, and it’s different to how we do,'” she recalled to the British edition of Marie Claire magazine. “Then they showed me some of his work, which I really got a kick out of. When I was 14, I came home after a school acting class and said, ‘That’s what I wanna do with my life.’ My parents were horrified. I mean, it’s a terrible profession.”
Zoe can currently be seen alongside Daniel Radcliffe in quirky rom-com What If, in which she plays leading lady Chantry. Prior to this she had starred in similar genre films including It’s Complicated and I Hate Valentine’s Day – a direction which she didn’t plan to head into.
“I wasn’t trying to be in a bunch of romantic comedies. It just happened, but I probably won’t make another one. I don’t want to be repeating myself,” she explained. “There aren’t many scripts that I read and love. I was relieved to hear Daniel say that good scripts are rare. He probably reads everything, so it’s good to hear that it isn’t just the scripts available to me.”
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