Zoe Kravitz’ four-year old IMDB resume comprises of an eclectic mix of challenging independent films and big budget studio pictures, varying between comedy and drama, in roles that aren’t all race-specific, working with top-shelf talent. This all suggests that not only does young Zoe Kravitz have choices, but hers might be deliberate.

Though the actress herself has claimed that she has no specific career plan, and simply takes roles that interest her, without giving much thought to an overall picture or direction, there is ample evidence to the contrary.

From a small role in the angst-ridden drama, The Brave One, starring Jodie Foster, and another part alongside Catherine Zeta- Jones in No Reservations – both released in 2007, when Zoe was a senior in high school; to her role as Angel Salvadore in this year’s mega-budgeted, high-profile summer blockbuster X-Men: First Class, and her explosive starring turn in the yet-to-be released indie drama Yelling To The Sky, she is as unpredictable as she is beautiful.

On the horizon, Zoe is attached to co-star in the reboot of the Mad Max franchise alongside revered thespians Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and others. That project is currently in development.

On the smaller screen, she’s also currently starring as Pearl on the hit Showtime network drama, “Californication,” which recently announced the addition of Meagan Good and RZA to its cast for next season.

Besides cinema, Zoe balances her other love, music, with a blossoming film and TV career, as lead singer of the rock band Elevator Fight – perhaps influenced by her father, who, by the way, is now pursuing an acting career of his own.

Ms Kravitz has also expressed interest in one day stepping behind the camera and directing films as well.

And centered in the midst of all these opportunities available to her, growing up with celebrity parents (Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet), she still manages to stay grounded and connected to friends and family, mostly avoiding the Hollywood lifestyle many of her contemporaries opt to partake in.

With all the recent conversation wondering who the next generation of stars and starlets are, with so few of African descent, 22-year-old Zoe Kravitz is certainly one to watch in the coming years.

Here’s the trailer for her next film, Yelling To The Sky:

Tambay Obenson is editor of Shadow And Act on the indieWIRE Network at

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