The Transformation Of Zoe Kravitz From 10 Months To 33 Years Old

It's safe to say that Zoë Kravitz is no longer just known as the daughter of ultra-cool exes Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, having definitely made a name for herself as one of Hollywood's hottest rising stars. While Kravitz has been acting for over 15 years, these days her career is hitting an all-time high thanks to roles in TV series like "Big Little Lies" and major big screen blockbusters, including "The Batman." For the latter, Kravitz took on the role of the legendary Catwoman, solidifying her A-lister status.

Yet, Kravitz has never lost her laidback, relatable personality that easily makes her a fan favorite. It's probably because despite her upbringing and success, she seemingly hasn't let fame go to her head. She told Complex, "I know there are people who know who I am, but I don't know how famous I am. It's not that I hate fame or don't appreciate the response, it's just not the fire ... for me is a result of famous parents and hopefully doing my own thing."

For Kravitz, it appears she's been doing her own thing since childhood. In fact, she's made quite the transformation over the years, from being the kid with famous parents to the well-respected performer she is today. So how did Kravitz go from being a self-conscious child who was living with her rockstar dad to the talented singer, songwriter, actor, and now even director she is today? Let's break down Kravitz's transformation from 10 months old to age 33.

She lived with Lisa Bonet, then Lenny Kravitz as a child

As the daughter of rock star Lenny Kravitz and actor Lisa Bonet, it's no surprise that Zoë Kravitz didn't have an average childhood. The "High Fidelity" star confessed to Rolling Stone, "They were not planning to have a baby," but added that Bonet credits her for "saving her life" since her pregnancy is what led her to leave "The Cosby Show." By the time Kravitz turned 2, her parents had split, with Kravitz living with her mother in what was described as a "hippie-ish enclave" in LA's Topanga Canyon. When it came to school, though, Bonet kept things more traditional for Kravitz, enrolling her under a different, non-famous name. Kravitz told Complex, "She wanted to give me an opportunity to be a normal kid."

By age 11, Kravitz decided to live with her dad in Miami. She recalled, "That was a massive change. Going from this really quiet house in Topanga, just me and my mom, to my dad's life, which was very busy — lots of people, lots of assistants." That also apparently made it harder for Kravitz to be a "normal kid," with her recalling, "He'd pick me up and the entire school would flock to the parking lot."

Yet her dad's fame did have its perks, with Kravitz revealing to The Independent, "In middle school I took two months off and went on tour with my dad to Europe ... We'd go around and actually be in these amazing places, which was really cool."

The actor struggled with an eating disorder as a teen

Zoë Kravitz continued to live with her dad throughout her teens. Despite his rockstar status, the "Big Little Lies" star told The New York Times the fact that he had "Pop-Tarts" and "cable" made his home "feel normal" versus, "The way my mother was raising me felt very abnormal." Yet things weren't necessarily ordinary there either, with Kravitz recalling to Complex how she came across Ashton Kutcher in her kitchen: "I went downstairs and had pimple cream on my face and was wearing a T-shirt," adding, "We sat there before school, and ate omelettes."

By age 15, Kravitz realized she wanted to pursue acting, so she and her dad moved to New York City where she could audition for parts while attending the creative Rudolf Steiner School (per New Arena). She reflected to Elle that it was there she finally "found my people, who I'm still good friends with." She added, "We were hanging out in Central Park, smoking weed, and they were playing acoustic guitar. It was an art community."

Around the same time though, Kravitz struggled with an eating disorder. She revealed to Elle, "I was a chunky, perfectly normal-looking 15-year-old, but I had this remarkably beautiful skinny mother and a father who was dating a supermodel, and I felt short and ungainly." Kravitz eventually got help through therapy once her parents discovered she was bulimic. While she said she's "okay now," she acknowledged, "It's a disease, and I never let myself forget that."

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Her family expanded when she was 17

In 2005, when Zoë Kravitz was 17, her mother, Lisa Bonet, started dating "Aquaman" star Jason Momoa. It seems there was no bitterness for her or for her father, Lenny Kravitz, over Bonet moving on — instead they became one big, happy family. According to Men's Health, not only does Kravitz adorably call Momoa "Papa Bear,"  but Momoa gushed that when it comes to his "ZozoBear," he said, "I love her dad. I hope and pray my daughter is that talented and loving and open and close to her family."

Two years later, Kravitz became a big sister when Momoa and Bonet welcomed Lola Iolani and then Nakoa-Wolf. Following her little sister's birth in 2007, Kravitz told OK!, she's "amazing! ... She's lovely. She's in L.A. and I'm in school, but I was just there for the summer. I was babysitting and changing diapers." Bonet and Momoa went on to officially tie the knot in 2017 before they split four years later in 2022.

However, Momoa and Kravitz still remain close to this day, with an unnamed source telling People, "He loves Zoë and always has. That hasn't changed." Momoa even supported Kravitz at "The Batman" movie premiere. He explained to ET, "We're just so proud. Lisa couldn't be here so we're representing, me and the babies ... It's still family, you know?" And it appears Kravitz was happy to have him, saying, "It's amazing to have people who love you show up at these major events in your life. It's really special."

At age 19, Zoë Kravitz moved to Brooklyn

While Zoë Kravitz was already landing small roles by 2007, she still decided to study her craft at college by attending the acting conservatory SUNY Purchase. She revealed to OK! at the time, "I just moved into my dorm, which is crazy ... I have my bed and my desk. I have a single. I got really lucky, but it's so small."

A year later in 2008, Kravitz decided to leave SUNY to pursue acting full time. That's when, per LA Times, at age 19 she moved to Brooklyn, a place she still lives to this day. When it comes to New York, she gushed, "I fell in love with the city immediately." She added, "It's a great place to grow up because you're exposed to so much culture and different kinds of people."

According to The New York Times, Kravitz has lived in Williamsburg specifically, for over 10 years. In 2016, she told Harper's Bazaar about living there: "My apartment has quite a lot of space for New York. I think it used to be a garage, and it was converted into a house. It's pretty unique." It seems that New York is so important to Kravitz that she even pushed Hulu to base her 2020 series "High Fidelity" there. She revealed to LA Times, "The original pilot script took place in L.A. and I didn't relate to that." She reiterated that to The New York Times, explaining, "I was trying to recreate a world that I know."

X-Men was her first major movie at age 22

By 2011, Zoë Kravitz's career started to take off after she landed a role in the blockbuster movie "X-Men: First Class" at age 22. She told IGN at the time, "It's nerve-wracking to be on a production this big, in a way. Sometimes you'll have these moments of realization, where you're doing a crazy stunt or, you know, Kevin Bacon's walking by."

Kravitz went on to join another franchise a few years later in 2014, the "Divergent" series. Despite appearing in all three films, it seems that looking back, Kravitz has mixed feelings about it. She dished on the "Armchair Expert" podcast, "Those weren't my favorite films that I've made," adding, "I think as we went on, the story really kinda got lost and nobody really knew what we were doing anymore." Kravitz's next major role in 2015's "Mad Max: Fury Road" was something she recalls very differently. She explained to The New York Times, "It really felt like we put our actual blood, sweat, tears and time into it ... It was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life, but it was absolutely worth it."

It seemed to surprise Kravitz that in her early 20s, she was becoming a legit movie star. She dished, "I really thought I was going to do theater and indie films ... that was what I thought I was suited for. I didn't see a lot of people who looked like me in big movies."

The Divergent star split with Penn Badgley at 24

Zoë Kravitz was in her first high-profile relationship with "You" star Penn Badgley from age 22 to 24. The two began dating in 2011 and reportedly even lived together in New York City when Badgley was filming "Gossip Girl." Badgley credits the show for bringing them together, telling Movieline that it "put me in New York City so I could meet Zoe." He also made it clear just how serious they were by explaining how Kravitz helped him with a movie role, gushing, "I was falling madly in love in a way that was changing me and opening me up."

Kravitz was seemingly just as smitten, telling Vulture that when it came to Badgley's acting, she was "just really excited for people to see what he can really do." She even shared, "He's coming home for the weekend to surprise me." However, by 2013, things apparently took a rocky turn with Badgley admitting to Elle that when it came to relationships, "There are always a lot of arguments — but even if honesty starts some, it avoids bigger ones." He added, "There are complications being an object of attention."

By the end of that year, the two were over, with a unnamed source telling Us Weekly, "They are at two different stages in their careers. They just didn't have time for each other." However, they appeared to remain on good terms, considering, per ShowBiz CheatSheet, that Kravitz is good friends with Badgley's sister-in-law, Lola Kirke.

By 25, she was releasing music with Lolawolf

By age 25, Zoë Kravitz had turned some of her focus onto making music. While Kravitz had fronted the band Elevator Fight in 2009, it was her next band, Lolawolf — named after her siblings — that really took off. Kravitz explained how the band came about to Vice, saying, "I was shooting a film in LA and it was a really difficult role for me ... I needed something to keep my mind off of it. So a couple of my friends from New York came out and we would make music at night." 

That experience turned into the trio releasing actual albums. Kravitz told Grazia that when it came to making music, "It's about doing what I want to do because I want to do it," and that "Songwriting becomes a diary for me in a way." By the end of 2014, the band had toured with singers Miley Cyrus and Lily Allen. Kravitz gushed, "It was a lot of fun. It was an experience for us. They were both really kind to us, them and their audiences."

Acting clearly keeps Kravitz busy these days, but Lolawolf did release their latest album in 2020. When it comes to juggling both careers, Kravitz dished to Style, "I don't think it's a problem," because she has "a lot of time in between to work on my music." She explained, "I'll hang out with the other members of the band and we'll work late at night and see what happens."

At age 28, she began dating Karl Glusman

In 2016, a then-28-year-old Zoë Kravitz met the man who would become her husband, Karl Glusman. According to E!, the two first sparked romance rumors after they were seen out  holding hands, but confirmed they were together when he joined her at a November 2016 movie premiere. Kravitz later dished to British Vogue, "My friend knew that I wanted to meet someone ... and he brought Karl. I instantly felt something."

Glusman popped the question two years later, with Kravitz revealing to Rolling Stone, "He nailed it. I love that it wasn't this elaborate plan in Paris. It was at home, in sweatpants." Kravitz was seemingly completely smitten with him, gushing, "It's so relaxing to be around someone where you can be a hundred percent how you feel." As for Glusman, he declared his love in now-deleted Instagram posts. In one, he called Kravitz (via People), "My Love, my hero, best friend and greatest inspiration," and in another wrote to her, "Never not thinking about you when I'm gone."

The two went on to tie the knot in 2019 at her father's Parisian mansion, with several A-listers present, like Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, and Laura Dern, per People. Kravitz seemed to be enjoying married life when she told the "Armchair Expert" podcast that Glusman is "just one of the kindest people I've ever met. He's one of the most honest people I've ever met." She added, "There's this connection where it's like we've always known each other."

At 29, she made A-list friends on Big Little Lies

At 29, Zoë Kravitz's career got another major boost, thanks to the hit HBO series "Big Little Lies." Kravitz joined a cast of A-listers including Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, as well her former "Divergent" co-star Shailene Woodley. Kravitz told The New York Times that when it came to her role in the series, "It felt really fresh and necessary, and like it was filling some kind of creative void I didn't know I'd really had." She even claimed (per Style), "It's one of the most important pieces of work I've been a part of."

It also led to friendships she made on set. Kravitz dished to Marie Claire, "There are so many women on our set ... I feel a different kind of energy, this feminine energy ... I've never felt so safe and supported." Her co-stars appear to adore her too, with Woodley gushing, "People don't realize how funny Zoë Kravitz is." Witherspoon even told InStyle that she and her daughter, Ava, turn to Kravitz for advice, explaining, "We talk to Zoë Kravitz a lot ... whenever Ava is frustrated, I go, 'Call Zoë, text Zoë, she knows what to talk about.'"

And if you're wondering if it was awkward for Kravitz to work with Kidman since she was once engaged to her father, Lenny Kravitz, that apparently wasn't the case. Kidman gushed to Elle, "I feel protective, like a big sister, toward her. She is carving her own path with confidence and grace."

2020 brought big changes for Zoë Kravitz

It seemed 2020 brought a lot of changes for Zoë Kravitz, both personally and professionally. At the time, she was promoting her Hulu series "High Fidelity," which she not only starred in but also executive produced. The "Dope" actor revealed to The New York Times why she chose to revamp the beloved book/movie, saying it was "a film that I loved and watched and could quote." However, Kravitz anticipated some backlash for changing the main character's gender to a woman. She dished, "I think a lot of white men who identified with the book think it's theirs ... But I think if they get past that thing, they'll see that we actually really did honor the property."

The show was eventually canceled after one season. Kravitz shared her disappointment on Instagram, writing, via Elle, "At least Hulu has a ton of other shows starring women of color we can watch. Oh wait." She later explained, "Like, that love for the show, it meant something to people. It was a big mistake."

Kravitz was also dealing with heartbreak, having filed for divorce from her husband, Karl Glusman in December 2020, after 18 months of marriage. She revealed, "Karl's an incredible human being. It really is less about him and more about me learning how to ask myself questions about who I am and still learning who I am." Kravitz reiterated to AnOther, that it was for the best, saying, "Separations, break-ups are sad but are beautiful things too. It's about the bittersweetness."

Zoë Kravitz found her sweet spot at age 33

As of 2022, 33-year-old Zoë Kravitz is thriving, especially since starring as "Catwoman" in "The Batman," opposite Robert Pattinson, a role that proved her star power. Kravitz gushed to AnOther, "Sometimes with really big movies, it can feel like you're just a puppet ... This felt like an independent movie in the way that there was real heart and soul." When it came to preparing for the part, Kravitz dished to Elle, "I got stronger than I've ever been. That felt good, to see what I was capable of. I felt confident — and I could kick some a**."

Kravitz is also making her directorial debut in a film she says she "spent five years writing" called "P***y Island." She revealed that it's about "the lack of conversation around the way women are treated specifically in the entertainment industry," having been inspired by the #MeToo movement. The film stars Channing Tatum, whom Kravitz called "brave enough" to do it, as well as a "true feminist."

Tatum isn't just her lead actor but also her boyfriend. The two are frequently seen out together, with the "Magic Mike" star even attending "The Batman" premiere. When it comes to their relationship, though, Kravitz would only tell Elle, "I'm happy."  Kravitz is apparently happy with how far she's come over the years too. She confessed, "I'm holding on to my thirties ... It's great making better decisions, knowing what works for you, knowing what feels good to you ... We're in a sweet spot."