YOU JUST MADE A FILM WITH YOUR MOM AND YOUR SISTER.
I did. My sister Madelyn wrote The Year of Spectacular Men and starred in it, I co-star, my mom directed, my dad produced. It was about as personal as you can get.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE HOLLYWOOD?
There’s a real opportunity to make change in the world through Hollywood. But it’s a mixture of art and commerce, and it’s confusing when you’re telling artists to be business people and you’re telling business people to be artists. I want to always be an artist first.
ARE TRADITIONAL HOLLYWOOD HIERARCHIES CHANGING?
Yes, but I fear trend – trends go away. This needs to be our reality. Look at the past; look at Katharine Hepburn in Bringing up Baby and Stage Door. They’re great stories, written for women, that are strong, funny and complex – and we’re talking about it like it’s the first time in history. It can’t just be a moment in time.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CAREER LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED?
My mother told me that being jealous of other actors is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. You might have insecure moments, but being jealous of others is pointless.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR MOST ‘HOLLYWOOD’ MOMENT SO FAR?
I got a text from Robert De Niro: ‘How’s it going Zo, can’t wait to see you at Tribeca [Film Festival].’ I literally dropped my phone.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR GREATEST LIFE LESSON?
That what other people think about me is none of my business.
WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR IMDB BIO TO SAY IN 20 YEARS’ TIME?
I don’t want to be considered [just] a comedic actor, or a dramatic actor… I’d like to do it all.