Zoe Kravitz is looking back on her childhood.
Star of the upcoming film “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, Kravitz, 29, is ELLE UK magazine’s December cover star and is opening up about feeling different growing up.
With parents like Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, Kravitz was a privileged kid but still felt like an outsider at school: “It was a rough time for someone trying to discover who they are. I went to a private school in Miami surrounded by wealthy kids, mostly white.”
She recalls, “I felt like a freak because my hair was different, and little kids would come up and say, ‘Can I feel your hair?’ The things that made me different were the things I didn’t like about myself; I wanted to straighten my hair, remind people that I was half-white.”
But as the “Big Little Lies” actress got older, she overcame those insecurities: “I went through a really awkward phase. I was short and brown, surrounded by tall girls with boobs and blonde hair. And my dad was dating supermodels, so I was waking up to Adriana Lima. I didn’t have beauty as a crutch, and I’m thankful for that because I had to develop my personality.”
And Kravitz is still learning to love herself: “People come up to me on the street and tell me I’m beautiful and I still feel insecure. It’s important to be humble but I also want to feel beautiful. I want to love myself. That energy affects your health.”
The ELLE UK December issue is on sale Nov. 13.