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Whatever you thought you knew about Zoe Kravitz is wrong. The actress recently chatted with Allure magazine for her cover story and we are totally blown away by her.

Kravitz chatted about nearly everything under the sun, from her (very famous) parents to her role on Big Little Lies to her style. So what did we learn about the budding star? Here are the best tidbits from the interview.

On her reputation…

“I think people always assume for whatever reason that I’m much more hippie-dippy than I am.”

 

On working with Kate McKinnon in Rough Night

“I had so much fun. Kate is genius. It’s hard not to laugh in every scene with her. There was definitely this idea behind doing the movie that it’s our turn to do a film like The Hangover where male characters get rowdy and dirty and outrageous. Women want to do that, too.”

 

On her mother Lisa Bonet’s reaction to the Bill Cosby sex assault scandal…

“I think she didn’t like hearing that. It bummed her out. Though she didn’t seem incredibly surprised about it. I don’t think she wants to hear about anyone being abused, especially by someone she spent so much time with. It feels shitty. You want to shower.”

 

On her signature cool-girl style…

“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.”

 

On embracing her biracial identity…

“Racism is very real, and white supremacy is going strong. 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. My dad especially has always been very connected to his history, and it’s important to him that I understand where I come from.”

To hear more from Zoe, check out her Allure cover story here.

Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to started Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. She’s currently obsessed with Vanderpump Rules, lipstick, and her kitty Tom.