Zoe Kravitz on her bulimia: ‘I am very vigilant. It’s a disease, I never let myself forget that’

Michelle Williams, Thomas Kail attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California© Jill Johnson/jpistudios.com

I know there are Zoe Kravitz Stans who swear that they love her with a pixie cut and/or blonde hair, but for me, she’s most beautiful with long, dark hair. I just think that suits her the best. So I’m finding her February Elle Magazine covers SO beautiful. No bangs, no blonde, no weirdly flattened-down boy-cut. Lord, she’s pretty. Zoe covers Elle to promote her Hulu series High Fidelity, based on the Nick Hornsby book of the same name, which was already adapted into a (very good) film starring John Cusack. Zoe plays the lead in the gender-reversed show. You can read the full Elle piece here. Some highlights:

Her wedding ring: Her wedding finger is host to a five-stone, rose-cut eighteenth-century diamond engagement ring and a twisted gold band.

The role in High Fidelity spoke to her: “The part of Rob is the closest thing to me I have ever played. I know Rob so well. I, too, found being a teenager and young adult hard to navigate, and music was a refuge for me, somewhere to hide. I made playlists and would lie on the floor of my room listening to Jeff Buckley, learning the lyrics to songs that were the emotional soundtrack of my life.”

Moving to Miami when she was 11: “I didn’t like my new school. I didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere, and I was surrounded by an enormous amount of beauty and posturing. I was a chunky, perfectly normal-looking 15-year-old, but I had this remarkably beautiful skinny mother and a father who was dating a supermodel, and I felt short and ungainly.”

When Nicole Kidman was engaged to Lenny: “I was a grumpy teenager with her.”

Dealing with bulimia: Kravitz became bulimic in those teen years. Not long after, she moved to New York, so she was able to hide her condition from her parents at first. But once they discovered what she was going through, she began therapy. She suffered from the illness for about a decade. “I’m okay now,” she says thoughtfully. “But I am very vigilant. It’s a disease, and I never let myself forget that.”

Family life: “I’m used to my family living in different cities, yet we stay close while all doing our own things.” Does the same go for being a newlywed? “Yes. I mean, Karl has his own career and needs to focus on that, but we’ve been together for a few years now, and we know where we are. If anything, the best part of being married is being able to have the odd fight and knowing neither of us is going to walk out the door. The commitment feels safe.”

[From Elle]

My vibe from Zoe and Karl is that he worships her and she’s “in charge” of the relationship, you know what I mean? Like, she’s the one dictating the terms of the relationship/marriage. I also wonder if Zoe is just kind of a romantic and Karl is just-for-now and she’ll move on at some point. But that’s just me being cynical. I truly wish them well. There was a lot in this interview about the show and how Zoe did a lot to create the vintage-flavored wardrobe for the character and how she kept a lot of the clothes too. Which is funny – she talks about fashion as an “addiction,” and it’s clear that she has a very big, very cool closet. I would love to see it.

Michelle Williams, Thomas Kail attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California © Jill Johnson/jpistudios.com

Photos courtesy of Elle.

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  1. Case says:

    She’s gorgeous and I agree, longer hair looks best on her. This is a lovely photoshoot.

    • Lou says:

      She is my forever girl crush and agreed, she looks particularly amazing on this cover!

    • Sara says:

      I love her, she’s so beautiful. So sad to hear another actress has an eating disorder. I don’t care what her hair looks like, she’s lovely no matter what.

  2. Valiantly Varnished says:

    That cover with the black dress is stunning. I love what they did with her eye makeup and I want to replicate it on myself.

  3. Jess says:

    She’s looks like a fairy princess, or a goddess from a storybook. Honestly she’s too beautiful!

  4. Scal says:

    Went to google to look at her engagement ring-I like it! And apparently she found it from a antique dealer she follows on instagram and he went out and contacted them. cute story.

  5. Naddie says:

    Everyday I’m thankful for not being a celebrity’s kid and not having to grow up in the upper classe universe. Now, I imagine what is like to have both, no wonder she felt so bad. Hope she gets well, I know what she means by staying vigilant.

  6. TeamMeg says:

    Gorgeous! ❤️

  7. Rosa says:

    I honestly think these pics are the best I’ve ever seen her. She looks amazing

  8. Astrid says:

    I’m finding myself a bit distracted by the tattoos and green nail polish.

  9. StormsMama says:

    I was bulimic in high school and then struggled to beat it for about a decade after.
    It robs you of your life. I would not wish it on anyone. I’m glad she sought therapy and remains vigilant. For me, my body just rejected it at a certain point. My face would get puffy and my back would hurt and it made me feel awful. I was able to overcome it but I mourn the loss of years of my life bc I was unable to be happy or be present.
    As mentioned recently with the Jessica Simpson post, I had a sexually inappropriate experience as a child from an older kid and the trauma has manifested in my life in the form of first an eating disorder and later alcoholism. Sigh. But being honest and open is a huge part of conquering it.

    • lobstah says:

      Fellow sufferer of the booze and the bulimia. It’s a b*tch. But it’s nice to hear others talk about the struggle and know that you’re not alone, you’re not crazy, you’re not powerless and you CAN fight back.

    • Dholmas says:

      I have a tendency for anorexia. I am finally at a normal weight for my height and age. It is a tough road. Eating and alcoholism it kind of goes together. Size 6 and 5’2′ if I stretch The rest of my family is over weight. I have kept my size for the last 15 yearsl Be Happy. It took a long time. Stay safe.

  10. Guest with Cat says:

    She’s ridiculously beautiful and from what I remember, has always been so. But teenagers are by nature very insecure about their place in the world and can be very hard on themselves.

    Helping children build a healthy relationship with food needs to start early and is very challenging. I’m post menopausal and struggling with weight gain and adjusting to my new metabolism and it’s been very challenging going through that and watching what I say about weight gain and food in front of a teenaged daughter.

    I’m finding this stage of life as awkward as puberty as both stages involve hormonal changes and mood swings and physical changes, so my daughter and I commiserate and bond over that. It does help me be patient and understanding of what she’s going through.

    I wish Zoe the best in her struggle. I’m glad so far she’s on top of it and I hope she stays that way.

  11. Vava says:

    Those baroque pearls in her hair – I adore those!!
    She’s gorgeous.
    Best wishes to anyone struggling with an eating disorder.

  12. eeeee says:

    Zoe’s beautiful, and I really like her in BLL.

    Her explanation of why she identified with the main character of “High Fidelity” felt kind of shallow and didn’t give me a lot of hope for the show, tbh. In the movie, that character is a complicated portrayal of someone who has a deep relationship with music but also uses snobbery as a way to not have to interact with the messiness of life. His identity is tied up in his perfectly maintained taste, and he’s one of those people who likes to observe and critique harshly from the sidelines and has a few acolytes, but by the end you realize constantly nitpicking what other people do paralyzes him from being able to really DO anything. And stunts him from being an adult that meets other people where they are and accepts that we’re all different, and there actually is value in other people’s viewpoints.

    Maybe the character is different this time around, but it seems really reductive to be like “this character LOVES music” lol — hope I’m wrong

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      I think she kept it simple because it’s an interview in a fashion magazine. Not a hard-hitting piece on acting and character study like in say The Hollywood Reporter. And she may simply NOT relate to all aspects of the character. Merely the ones she mentioned.

    • tealily says:

      I agree. I think I’ve probably said this here before, but I find that film to be be such a masculine film about masculine problems, I really have a hard time seeing a woman in that role. I’m still deciding if I want to watch this series or not.

  13. Christina says:

    She’s lovely. I hope that her marriage makes it.

  14. K says:

    She’s so damn beautiful AND talented as hell. Love her.

  15. Meg says:

    The fact that she called herself chunky then said she developed bulimia made me wonder if she’s still not doing well? But she did say she looked like a normal 15 year old so, I don’t know I guess. But she is so tiny her saying chunky throws me

  16. Alyse says:

    I just generally really like her, fantasy bff for sure!