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9 Zoë Kravitz Performances That Prove She’s The Ultimate Cool Girl

All hail the queen of self-effacing chill, from 'No Reservations' to 'High Fidelity.'

Zoë Kravitz is blisteringly cool. It’s easy to chock it up to her impeccable style, her many tiny hand tattoos or the inherited chicness that comes from having celebrity parents. It’s probably a combo of all the above, but it’s also her style of acting: the way she brings a self-effacing, don’t-look-at-me attitude that makes her steal every scene. Here are some of the actor/singer/model’s most iconic roles, from the selfish owner of a Brooklyn record store in High Fidelity to a badass mutant dragonfly in X-Men: First Class.

No Reservations (2007)

While Kravitz was studying acting in college, she booked her breakout role in this romantic comedy, as Abigial Breslin’s jaded, goth babysitter with a giant septum piercing, staking claim to her cool-girl, don’t-give-a-sh*t aura. (HBO Max)

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

Kravtiz is super sweet in this romantic dramedy about 16-year-old Craig who contemplates committing suicide and checks into a psychiatric unit. Kravitz plays Nia who forms a crush on Craig because he’s been through some things — been there! Also, Broken Social Scene scored the film. (Amazon Prime)

Californification (2011)

Kravitz appears in eight episodes of this David Duchovny Showtime series as the beanie and light wash jeans-wearing lead singer of the fictional emo band Queens of Dogtown. It’s especially fitting because Kravitz was in real life in the band Elevator Fight, which she formed in 2009. (Showtime)


X-Men: First Class (2011)

Kravitz shines as Angel Salvadore, an all-powerful mutant with dragonfly wings who can shoots fireballs out of her mouth, all while wearing leather thigh-high boots, in this star-studded film that also stars January Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kevin Bacon. (Disney+)

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Yelling to the Sky (2011)

Released in 2012, but filmed years earlier, this is baby Zoe playing high schooler Sweetness O’Hara in this emotional indie drama that gives some Euphoria drug vibes. (Amazon Prime)


Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Kravitz plays Toast the Knowing, one of the five wives that makes up Immortan Joe’s breeding stock (ew) who are freed by Charlize Theron in this iconic film. She may have little dialogue, but she’s not afraid to fight. (Amazon Prime)

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Dope (2015)

In all her tattoo hand glory, Kravitz plays Nakia, the girl everyone has a crush on (AKA playing herself) in this coming-of-age film directed by Pharrell Williams and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. (Amazon Prime)

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Big Little Lies (2017, 2019)

Kravitz plays Bonnie, the chill antithesis of Reese Witherspoon’s character in every way, which drives Reese’s character crazy and delights us to no end. Extra points for Kravitz’s scenes running a hot yoga class, or sprinting through the woods to deal with her trauma. (HBO Max)


High Fidelity (2020)

In the role where she rocks, hands down, the best style, featuring a closet of vintage Hawiian shirts, Vans, and long black leather coats, Kravitz plays Rob, the selfish, self-hating record store owner who is effortlessly cool even if she has a lot of self-work to do. Too bad we won’t get to see that happen, thanks to the unjust cancelling of the show after one season. (Hulu)

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