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Zoe Kazan

Biography

Ruby Sparks celebrity and screenwriter who also played Gabby Adler in It’s Complicated. Her part in the previous gained her a nomination for and 3rd party Nature Award for Greatest Screenplay. Her profession in acting started to build-up as she got on tasks in stage takes on like The Primary of Miss Jean Brodie. She co-starred with Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell in the Broadway creation of the Behanding in Spokane. She started dating acting professional Paul Dano in 2007. Dano would later on celebrity alongside her in Ruby Sparks. She was created to authors Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord. Her grandfather was movie director Elia Kazan. She made an appearance in 2009’s It’s Complicated, where Meryl Streep performed her mother.

Quick Facts


Full Name Zoe Kazan
Date Of Birth September 9, 1983
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, CA
Height 1.63 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Yale University, Windward School
Nationality British, American
Parents Nicholas Kazan, Robin Swicord
Siblings Maya Kazan
Partner Paul Dano, Paul Dano
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Movies Ruby Sparks, What If, In Your Eyes, The Pretty One, Revolutionary Road, Our Brand Is Crisis, It's Complicated, Happythankyoumoreplease, Meek's Cutoff, The Exploding Girl, Me and Orson Welles, The Big Sick, I Hate Valentine's Day, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Monster, Some Girl(s), My Blind Brother, Fracture, The Savages, In the Valley of Elah, August, Wildlife
TV Shows Olive Kitteridge
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1She is currently in "The Seagull" on Broadway [November 2008]
2A senior at Yale University. [October 2004]
3New York, USA: Her play 'We Live Here,' commissioned by the Manhattan Theater Club, will premiere there in September. [August 2011]
4Broadway - currently making her Broadway debut, playing "Marie" in "Come Back, Little Sheba", starring S. Epatha Merkerson, at Manhattan Theatre Club (Biltmore Theatre, NYC). [January 2008]
5She has Greek (from her paternal grandfather), English, and German ancestry.
6Lives with boyfriend, Paul Dano.
7Good friends with Carey Mulligan.
8She and boyfriend Paul Dano shot the movie, Ruby Sparks (2012), which Zoe wrote and in which they co-star.
9Was considered one of the "55 Faces of the Future" by Nylon Magazine's Young Hollywood Issue. [May 2010]
10Daughter of Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord.
11Granddaughter of Elia Kazan.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Deuce2017TV Series post-production
MaxTV Movie completedMax
The Big Sick2017Emily
The Monster2016/IKathy
My Blind Brother2016Francie
Our Brand Is Crisis2015LeBlanc
The Walker2015TV SeriesDotty
Olive Kitteridge2014TV Mini-SeriesDenise Thibodeau
In Your Eyes2014Rebecca Porter
What If2013/IChantry
The Pretty One2013Laurel / Audrey
Some Girl(s)2013Reggie
Ruby Sparks2012Ruby Sparks
Bored to Death2010TV SeriesNina
Meek's Cutoff2010Millie Gately
Happythankyoumoreplease2010Mary Catherine
It's Complicated2009Gabby Adler
I Hate Valentine's Day2009Tammy Greenwood
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee2009Grace Lee
The Exploding Girl2009Ivy
Revolutionary Road2008Maureen Grube
Me and Orson Welles2008Gretta Adler
August2008Gal Employee
In the Valley of Elah2007Angie
Fracture2007Mona
Medium2007TV SeriesIzzy
The Savages2007Student
Swordswallowers and Thin Men2003Samantha

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wildlife2017adaptation post-production
Ruby Sparks2012written by

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wildlife2017executive producer post-production
Ruby Sparks2012executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Don't Think Twice2016thanks
Swiss Army Man2016special thanks
For Ellen2012thank you

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards2016TV MovieHerself
Today2014-2015TV SeriesHerself
Made in Hollywood2015TV SeriesHerself
Weekend Ticket2015TV Series shortHerself
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
73 Questions2014TV Series documentary shortHerself
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself
The Broadway.com Show2014TV SeriesHerself
Showing Up2014DocumentaryHerself
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
CBS News Sunday Morning2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Canada A.M.2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
HBO First Look2008TV Series documentaryHerself
In the Valley of Elah: Documentary2008Video documentaryHerself
Speechless2008TV Movie documentaryStood Up Girl #2

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBreakthrough ArtistRuby Sparks (2012)
2009NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsembleIt's Complicated (2009)· Meryl Streep
· Steve Martin
· Alec Baldwin
· John Krasinski
· Lake Bell
· Mary Kay Place
· Rita Wilson
· Alexandra Wentworth
· Hunter Parrish
2009Ensemble Cast AwardPalm Springs International Film FestivalRevolutionary Road (2008)· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Kate Winslet
· Michael Shannon
· Kathryn Hahn
· David Harbour
· Kathy Bates
· Dylan Baker
2009Jury AwardTribeca Film FestivalBest Actress in a Narrative FeatureThe Exploding Girl (2009)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a MovieOlive Kitteridge (2014)
2014Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionOlive Kitteridge (2014)
2013Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActressRuby Sparks (2012)
2013EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Woman ScreenwriterRuby Sparks (2012)
2013Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest ScreenplayRuby Sparks (2012)
2013IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Supporting Actress (Miglior attrice non protagonista)Ruby Sparks (2012)
2013OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Feature DebutRuby Sparks (2012)
2008EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest NewcomerRevolutionary Road (2008)


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#Quote
1[on taking up screen-writing] We are in the most insane waiting game of a business, and the only way I have stayed sane is by giving myself another creative outlet.
2I always wrote. My parents are writers. It just seemed like something people did. I took a writing class in college, liked it, and my first year out of school I couldn't get a job, so I wrote a play. I never wanted to be a playwright. I just didn't say no to any of my interests. I don't have any hobbies.
3Broadway is different now than in our parents' generation. The number of straight plays opening there now is so small compared to the 1950s, '60s and '70s. I see many more plays Off Broadway by dint of ticket price and what's being produced. If it costs more, it has to reach a larger audience. That's why there aren't more risky plays on Broadway.
4[on playwriting] I think action should be revealed through character, so if you have a plot problem, it's probably a character problem. It's fun and easy to write language, but there were things I loved that I had to get rid of because they are no longer carrying their weight.
5[why she's reluctant to act] It's just that actors are all lumped together as this vague mass of fame-hungry, swag-wearing, drug-using, eating-disordered people, and I sometimes get sick of being lumped with that group.


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