Zoe Kravitz is among the few actors in Hollywood who aren’t afraid to speak about how the industry likes to pigeon-hole women and people of color in films.

The daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet feels she has to work harder to prove to executives she can take on multidimensional roles.

“I ask writers and producers: ‘Why don’t you have any black people in your film?’, ‘Why do stories happen to white people and everyone else is a punchline?’” she said during an interview with The Guardian.

“What I’m finding is that a lot of people don’t see it’s an issue because it’s not their story, unless they’re black or a minority.”

It was recently reported Kravitz was blocked from auditioning for The Dark Knight Rises because the filmmakers “weren’t going urban.”

So far, Kravitz has racked up an impressive list of films, with the likes of the Divergent series, X-Men: First Class, Mad Max: Fury Road and this year’s indie favorite Dope. However, her characters in those films have yet to show her range as an actress.


Many have assumptions about Kravitz and her parents. Her dad a rock star and mother a beloved actress on one of America’s favorite family sitcoms, “The Cosby Show.”

With Bill Cosby under fire after over 40 women accused the comedy legend of drugging and raping them, fans and critics are curious of what his former costars now think of him and the allegations and most are incredibly concerned what Kravitz’s mother Lisa Bonet thinks and if she was ever a victim of Cosby’s. But according to Kravitz, her mother doesn’t know anything.

“She’d plead the fifth, even to me. I think she’s just staying out of it. She’s just as disgusted and concerned as everyone else is, but I don’t think she has any insight. It’s news to her as well.”

It’s been well documented Bonet and Cosby didn’t always have the best relationship with him disproving of her marriage to Lenny and her role in the film Angel Heart where she was naked and bloody in a sex scene.

Many people wonder if she knew or “experienced” anything.

“She was on the show for a long time. She’s also a beautiful woman. It makes people wonder,” said Kravitz.

“She’s a very straightforward person. If there was something she felt the world needed to know that would help this case or help any women who had been abused, she would say something.”

Kravitz is now focused on her music with her band Lolawolf and getting that breakout film role her bandmate Jimmy Giannopoulos refers to as “that Boogie Nights role” in reference to Mark Wahlberg’s role in the film which catapulted his acting career.

What do you think of Kravitz’s comments on her mother? Do we really believe Bonet knows nothing? Sound off!

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