Zoë Kravitz Talks About Relating To Character With Anorexia

You know her as the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet who caught the acting bug in movies like X-Men: First Class and the Divergent series, but Zoë Kravitz is not just sailing through Hollywood on a recognizable last name and pretty face. In her latest role, the actress transforms her body for a character that hit close to home.
In an interview with Nylon, Zoë reveals that she dropped 20 pounds to play her character in the drama The Road Within, bringing her down to just 90 pounds. She admits that even though she tried to reach the weight in a healthy way, she’s aware that being that thin wasn’t good for her.
“Losing all the weight—I’ve never done anything like that before,” she recalled. “I put my body through so much and at first it was really hard to even have a conversation because I was so lightheaded all the time. On top of just being tired, I had to try and perform, so it was very unique experience.”
Although the physical transformation was difficult, the 26 year old revealed it was actually easy for her to relate to the character.
“I struggled with an eating disorder in high school and into my early 20s,” Zoë said. “That’s part of what actually attracted me to the role; I think it’s really important to talk about body image and the struggles a lot of women have with food—especially in the entertainment industry. I related to her in a lot of ways.”
If you love Zoë in The Road Within (in theaters April 17), you can also catch her next month in Mad Max: Fury Road where she plays one of the last fertile women in a post-apocalyptic world.

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