Zoe Kazan

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Zoe Kazan

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Zoe Kazan
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Kazan at a screening of The F Word in 2014
Born Zoe Swicord Kazan
(1983-09-09) September 9, 1983 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California
United States
Education Bachelor of Arts
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Actress, playwright
Years active 2003–present
Partner(s) Paul Dano (2007–present)
Parent(s) Robin Swicord
Nicholas Kazan
Relatives Maya Kazan (sister)
Elia Kazan (grandfather)
Molly Kazan (grandmother)

Zoe Swicord Kazan (born September 9, 1983[1][2][3]) is an American actress and playwright. Kazan made her acting debut in Swordswallowers and Thin Men (2003) and later appeared in films such as The Savages (2007), Revolutionary Road (2008) and It’s Complicated (2009). She starred in happythankyoumoreplease (2010), Meek’s Cutoff (2010) and Ruby Sparks (2012), for which she wrote the screenplay. In 2014, she starred in the film What If and the HBO mini-series Olive Kitteridge, for which she received an Emmy nomination. Kazan has also acted in several Broadway productions.

Early life[edit]

Kazan was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord. Her paternal grandparents were film and theatre director Elia Kazan and playwright Molly Kazan (née Thacher).[4]

Kazan was educated at the private Wildwood School, Windward School, and also at the Marlborough School, located in Hancock Park, Los Angeles. She attended Yale University (also her grandfather’s alma mater—where she was a member of the Manuscript Society), graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre.[5]


After her film debut in 2003 playing Samantha in Swordswallowers and Thin Men, Kazan went on to play her first professional stage role in the 2006 off-Broadway revival of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie starring Cynthia Nixon. In 2007 she had a small role in The Savages, which starred Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman. She also guest appeared in an episode of the supernatural drama Medium as a friend of the main character’s younger self. She next appeared in the films Fracture and In the Valley of Elah. In the fall of the same year, she returned to the stage in a The New Group production of 100 Saints You Should Know and Jonathan Marc Sherman‘s Things We Want, directed by Ethan Hawke.

Kazan in 2012 at the Deauville American Film Festival.

In January 2008, Kazan made her Broadway debut opposite S. Epatha Merkerson and Kevin Anderson in a revival of William Inge‘s Come Back, Little Sheba. Ben Brantley of The New York Times called her performance “first-rate”, adding, “Ms. Kazan is terrific in conveying the character’s self-consciousness.”[6] In the fall, she appeared on Broadway as Masha in Anton Chekhov‘s The Seagull opposite Kristin Scott Thomas and Peter Sarsgaard.[7] The same year she had roles in August, Me and Orson Welles and Revolutionary Road.

Kazan is also a playwright. In 2009, her play Absalom premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, KY. The play, about a father’s tense relationships with his children, had been extensively read and workshopped since Kazan’s junior year at Yale University.[8] She capped off the year playing Meryl Streep’s daughter in the Nancy Meyers comedy It’s Complicated. She appeared in the Broadway production of A Behanding in Spokane with Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell until June 6, 2010. She also played a main role in the movies I Hate Valentine’s Day and The Exploding Girl, which were both released in 2009.

In 2010, she had a main role in the comedy-drama happythankyoumoreplease as Mary Catherine, the cousin of Josh Radnor‘s character. She also starred as Millie Gately in 2010 (alongside Paul Dano, playing her husband) in Kelly Reichardt’s independent western drama Meek’s Cutoff. In the fall, Kazan played Harper Pitt in Signature Theatre Company‘s 20th Anniversary production of Tony Kushner‘s Angels in America.[9] On the small screen, Kazan then appeared in four episodes of HBO‘s Bored to Death as Nina, the love interest of a fictionalized Jonathan Ames played by Jason Schwartzman.

Her play We Live Here, about a dysfunctional family, received its world premiere production from October 12 to November 6, 2011 at the off-Broadway Manhattan Theater Club in New York City.[10] Among the ensemble cast was Amy Irving and the director was 2010 Obie Award winner Sam Gold.

Her next project, for which she wrote the screenplay, was Ruby Sparks, a comedy-romance film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and starring Kazan herself, along with Paul Dano, Chris Messina, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll, and Steve Coogan.[11][12]

In 2014, her third play Trudy and Max in Love opened at the South Coast Repertory[13] and she played the role of Denise Thibodeau in the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge.

In July 2016, it was announced that Kazan had co-written the script for Wildlife, with Paul Dano. The film would be an adaptation of a Richard Ford novel of the same name. Neither Kazan nor Dano will act in the film.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Kazan has been dating actor Paul Dano since 2007.[15][16]


Kazan at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Swordswallowers and Thin Men Samantha
2007 Savages, TheThe Savages Student
2007 Fracture Mona
2007 In the Valley of Elah Angie
2008 August Gal Employee
2008 Me and Orson Welles Gretta Adler
2008 Revolutionary Road Maureen Grube
2009 Exploding Girl, TheThe Exploding Girl Ivy
2009 Private Lives of Pippa Lee, TheThe Private Lives of Pippa Lee Grace Lee
2009 I Hate Valentine’s Day Tammy Greenwood
2009 It’s Complicated Gabby Adler
2010 happythankyoumoreplease Mary Catherine
2010 Meek’s Cutoff Millie Gately
2012 Ruby Sparks Ruby Also writer
2013 Some Girl(s) Reggie
2013 The Pretty One Laurel Audrey
2013 The F Word (What If) Chantry
2014 In Your Eyes Rebecca Porter
2015 Our Brand Is Crisis LeBlanc
2016 My Blind Brother Francie
2016 The Monster Kathy
2017 The Big Sick Emily
TBA Wildlife Writer
List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Medium Izzy Episode: “The Boy Next Door”
2008 Speechless Stood Up Girl #2 Documentary
2008 After Iraq Herself Documentary
2008 HBO First Look Herself Episode: “The Making of ‘Revolutionary Road'”
2010 Bored to Death Nina 4 episodes
2011 Showing Up Herself Documentary
2014 Olive Kitteridge Denise Thibodeau 2 episodes


List of theatre credits
Year Title Role Theater Notes
2006 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Sandy Acorn Theatre [17]
2007 100 Saints You Should Know Abby Playwrights Horizons [18]
2007 Things We Want Stella Acorn Theatre [19]
2008 Come Back, Little Sheba. Marie Biltmore Theatre [20]
2008 The Seagull Masha Walter Kerr Theatre [21]
2009 Absalom —- Actors Theatre of Louisville Playwright [22]
2010 A Behanding in Spokane Marilyn Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre [23]
2010 Angels in America Harper Pitt Signature Theatre [24]
2011 We Live Here —- Manhattan Theater Club Playwright [25]
2013 Clive Joanne Acorn Theatre [26]
2014 Trudy and Max in Love —- South Coast Repertory Playwright [13]
2014 When We Were Young and Unafraid Mary Anne Manhattan Theater Club [27]
2016 Love Love Love Rose Roundabout Theatre [28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 National Board of Review Award Best Cast It’s Complicated Won
2012 Detroit Film Critics Society Breakthrough Performance Ruby Sparks Won
Saturn Award Best Actress Nominated
Independent Spirit Award Best Screenplay Nominated
2015 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Olive Kitteridge Nominated
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated

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