Now that another season of Big Little Lies is *officially* confirmed…
We have a few requests for season two. One: Bonnie Carlson — played by Zoë Kravitz — deserves better. As Angelica Jade Bastién writes in Vulture, “Bonnie is never granted any interiority in a series that argues with great nuance about the importance of women’s perspectives is a reminder of how even the best pop culture fails to recognize the humanity of the very people who need to see their reflection most onscreen.”
Actually… that’s our only request, because we’re really here to talk about Zoë Kravitz, daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, object of all our woman crushes.
Specifically, let’s talk about 18 things we LOVE about Zoë, that we hope she keeps doing in 2018:
1. Using her platform for social justice
2. Return as Leta Lestrange (yes, related to that Bellatrix Lestrange) in Fantastic Beasts 2! In the first film, we see a picture of her among Newt Scamander’s things (played by Eddie Redmayne). Zoë told Collider that her role is much bigger in the sequel: “The relationship between Leta and Newt Scamander is a complex relationship, so I think there will be a lot of time for that to grow and develop, which will be fun.”
3. Remaining good friends with Ilana Glazer (OBVS)
4. Obsessing over her Big Little Lies co-stars Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. As she told Elle, “When those women are in your corner, it gives you a little pep in your step.”
5. Also being in what we can only imagine is the most fire group chat of all time. Laura Dern told Good Morning America that the female cast of Big Little Lies are all “constantly group texting… It’s the beautiful thing of women getting to work together after years of being the only girl on a film. Suddenly you get to share parenting and struggles of the day, not just our work.”
6. Staying honest and saying what she needs to say: “especially in America, and especially as a woman in America, and then especially as a black woman in America. It’s good to be polite, but it’s important to be honest. There’s a difference between saying hurtful things and being like, ‘This may be a little uncomfortable, but no.’ Or ‘Please remove your hand from my lower back.’ Or ‘You made a weird joke. Why did you make that joke?’”
7. Posting beautiful retro throwbacks of her mom, Lisa Bonet, like this one:
8. Continue being a style icon. Her words of advice on what to wear? “I’ve always liked contrasts, contradiction…I think too much of anything doesn’t work — like if everything you wear is expensive-looking, you look stale. And if everything you wear is ripped and falling apart, you look crazy. I like when you can find a balance. I live in New York City. I walk around. I have to be comfortable. You don’t look cool or sexy if you’re uncomfortable; it’s not attractive.” Case in point: She was named the Best-Dressed Girl of 2017 by Vogue way back in March.
9. Continue sharing powerful beauty tips:
10. Somehow topping this iconic Fight Club halloween costume.
11. Hanging out with Tessa Thompson and Janelle Monae and simultaneously throwing shade at Woody Allen: “When you are with your girls, havin a good time, giving about the same amount of fucks as all the black people in Woody Allen’s movies. Zerrrrrroooooo.”
12. Continue hosting movie nights with her boyfriend Karl Glusman, as she explained to Allure: “We’ve been doing movie nights at my house…we’ve got a really good projector set up with great speakers. We’ve been trying to start a weekly movie night. It’s a fun activity when it’s so cold outside and nobody wants to go anywhere. We cook a big dinner.” Invite us next time??
13. Continue keeping everything in the world in her bag:
14. Figuring out her identity as a Black Jewish woman. We’re just going to include all her words from this Allure interview: “I am definitely mixed. Both my parents are mixed. I have white family on both sides. The older I get, the more I experience life, I am identifying more and more with being black, and what that means — being more and more proud of that and feeling connected to my roots and my history. It’s been a really interesting journey because I was always one of the only black kids in any of my schools. I went to private schools full of white kids. I think a lot of that made me want to blend in or not be looked at as black. The white kids are always talking about your hair and making you feel weird. I had this struggle of accepting myself as black and loving that part of myself. And now I’m so in love with my culture and so proud to be black. It’s still ongoing, but a big shift has occurred.”
15. Instagramming Barbra Streisand, as one does:
16. Holding men accountable for their actions:
17. Maybe pushing Trump off a cliff? When asked by Janelle Monae about her illegal fantasy, Zoë responds, “I would push Trump off a cliff. If it was legal, which it’s not, so I won’t, but if he was on a cliff and I was on the cliff, too, and it was legal, I might trip him….”
18. And last but not least, we know Zoë will continue resisting:
We should all take inspiration from Zoë Kravitz in 2018.