The Truth About Zoe Kravitz's Legendary Grandmother

While many stars have more humble beginnings, some, it seems, were destined to be stars from the moment they were born. Case in point: Actress Zoë Kravitz.

The actor has starred in the 2015 film Dope, the award-winning HBO drama Big Little Lies, and is set to play Catwoman in 2022's The Batman (per IMDB). 


Though the actor certainly has talent, it almost seems as though she inherited this talent from her famous family members. 

As you might have already guessed, Zoë's father is famous musician Lenny Kravitz, while her mother is Lisa Bonet, the actor who played the role of Denise Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (via Biography). However, many don't know that Zoë”s impressive family line does not end with her father and mother. Roxie Roker, a famous actor from the 1970s and '80s, is Zoë's grandmother and Lenny's mother (per People).

Zoë Kravitz comes from a long line of talent

In 1964, Roxie Roker welcomed son Lenny Kravitz with husband Syl Kravitz, a famous television producer at the time (per the African American Registry). Then, in 1975, Roker was cast as Helen Willis on The Jeffersons, a wildly popular and groundbreaking show in which she was in one of the first interracial couple that appeared on primetime television. Unfortunately, in 1995, the actress succumbed to breast cancer, according to The New York Times.


In October 2018, Zoë opened up about her relationship with her grandmother, stating that she didn't understand the significance of her grandmother's career until she was older.

"I don't think I really understood it until way later in my life because you have to have a bigger perspective of what's going on in the world," Zoë told Harper's Bazaar in 2018. "When I got older I realized, 'Oh, that's why it was a big deal that my grandmother was married to a white man on the show.' I had mixed parents, so I didn't see it as a big deal. Then when I was educated about what the world was like, I realized, 'This is a huge deal.' It was brave of her to go there. I don't think her intention was to shake things up. It was actually her truth: She was married to a white man."