She inherited her grandfather’s talent
Of Greek descent, Zoe Kazan is an actress and screenwriter. She was born on September 9th, 1983 in Los Angeles to Nikolaos Kazan and Robin Swicord. Her grandparents were worldwide famous Elia Kazan and Molly Thacher Kazan, a descendant of Yale University founders.
Her primary education was concluded at the prestigious Windward School and Marlborough School. She later graduated Yale University, where she was a member of the elite Manuscript Society thanks to her ancestry.
In 2003, she made her film debut in Swordswallowers and Thin Men and she later appeared in theatre in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. In 2007, she had a small role in The Savages and also in the feature films Fracture and In the Valley of Elah.
In January 2008, Kazan made her Broadway debut in William Inge’s Come Back and later in Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. In 2009, Zoe Kazan starred in the movies I Hate Valentine’s Day and The Exploding Girl.
Moreover, she writes theatrical plays and her play We Live Here about a dysfunctional family was staged at Manhattan Theater Club. Her later project was a comedy-romance, for which she wrote the screenplay and starred herself next to Antonio Banderas.
During the last years, she has been living together with actor Paul Dano.