In the piece she wonders—after reading Stephen King’s introduction to Carrie—if her own maturing body and mind somehow helped manifest the hauntings in some way.“I do wonder if it came from inside me,” she said of her ghostly experiences.At Yale, the shower and CD player would come on by themselves.I felt serious about work before I was even getting work. I auditioned for the school play when I was 14 and came home and was like, ‘This is what I’m supposed to do with my life.’ It was more like a falling-in-love experience.I was very precocious, and wanted to be an adult when I was younger.”Growing up so familially aligned with showbusiness wasn’t that big a burden or boon for Kazan. The fame of my grandfather seemed in the past compared to those parents going on to movie sets.”Kazan herself wanted to be an actor. I had that thing inside of myself, without which you can’t get through the terrible rejection that comes with being an actor.”Kazan said she has a lot of energy, hence the multiple projects—screenplays, other writing—she takes on, which help fill the periods of downtime, “the terrible waiting game,” between roles coming up.I have very little hope right now but a tremendous amount of fight left in me. We have to be our own watchdogs right now.”About Ivanka Trump, Kazan thinks she is “probably the smartest of the family, but I cannot imagine being so power-hungry you’d sacrifice other people’s rights to make more money and have more power.”Kazan thinks Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, have chosen to be central to her father’s bid for power.Her father, Kazan accepts, “is hard to say no to, but Ivanka converted to Judaism.
“Our rights will recover but our planet will not, and I feel something very precious is being taken from us every day, and he is far more dangerous than the media is reporting on.
“She’s very thorny,” I said to Zoe Kazan about Rose, the character she is playing in Mike Bartlett’s acclaimed play, Love, Love, Love, at New York’s Laura Pels Theatre.
Bartlett’s brilliant comedy-drama follows a British family—in which Kazan plays the daughter—through 40-plus years of big and small history, and the big and small hurts that shape it, informed by the political and cultural cross-currents of intervening eras.
“That, and I had gotten in the habit of believing it was better to take up less space.”The wry tone and plainspoken honesty evident in her article and on her Twitter account is also refreshingly evident when we met.“At 16 I was very lonely and very enmeshed in my family life,” she said when I ask how she compared to Rose. I was really lonely in high school, really serious. When her friends—older than her—would leave it meant one less friend.
“I felt set apart in a funny way I can’t explain.”Today she has “wonderful friends,” but laughs that she feels set apart from people in other ways. Earlier in my twenties when everyone was going out, I felt I had to go home and do a rewrite. It takes some people longer to get into their work.