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Actress and Writer Known for "Ruby Sparks"

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Zoe Kazan is raised the daughter of screenwriter-producer-director Nicholas Kazan of "Reversal of Fortune" fame, and Robin Swicord, also a screenwriter and director who wrote the script for "Memoirs of a Geisha." She is also the granddaughter of the legendary American director-producer-writer Elia Kazan, who famously directed Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront."

After attending the private Windward School and Marlborough School in Los Angeles, Kazan made her feature debut as an actress in 2003, portraying Samantha in the indie romantic drama "Swordswallowers and Thin Men." She stepped away from acting to study at Yale University, graduating in 2005 with a bachelor's in theater. While attending university, she developed a love for writing and became a member of Yale's Manuscript Society, which featured such prestigious alum as Jodie Foster and Anderson Cooper.

In 2006, Kazan took her first professional bow on the stage in the acclaimed revival of Jay Presson Allen's off-Broadway production of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," starring Cynthia Nixon. Continuing to perform on stage, she was cast in the off-Broadway production of "The Things We Want" (2006), which she followed with an appearance in the Playwrights Horizon's staging of "100 Saints You Should Know" (2007). On the big screen, Kazan landed a small part alongside stars Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the comedy-drama "The Savages" (2007), before making her television debut in 2007 in an episode of the hit supernatural procedural "Medium."

From there, her workload featured an impressive mix of film and stage roles, which included supporting parts in features like "Fracture" (2007) and "In the Valley of Elah" (2007), as well as her Broadway debut with a highly-lauded portrayal of Marie in the revival of William Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba."

In the next few years she appeared in the Broadway show “The Seagull” and the films “August,” “Me and Orson Welles” and “Revolutionary Road.” In 2009, she became a professional playwright when her first play, "Absalom," a biblically inspired drama about a domineering father and his relationships with his writer children. The play premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, KY, and was the result of a class writing project at Yale University, which she continued to work on and hone over the years through staged readings and discussion sessions with audiences through the Lincoln Center Theater's Directors Lab.

On the acting front, Kazan appeared in numerous films, playing the lead role of Ivy in the drama "The Exploding Girl" (2009), while also landing supporting turns in the romantic drama "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" (2009) and in the romantic comedy "I Hate Valentine's Day" (2009). She also portrayed Meryl Streep's onscreen daughter Gabby in the comedy "It's Complicated" (2009).

After portraying the neurotic Mormon housewife plagued by drug-induced hallucinations, Harper Pitt, in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America," Kazan had a recurring role in several episodes of the dark comedy "Bored to Death" (HBO, 2009-2011) playing Nina, love interest to Jason Schwartzman's character. In 2011, she premiered her play, "We Live Here," at the Manhattan Theater Club, a drama that focused on weddings, sister relationships and dysfunctional family.

On screen, Kazan generated serious buzz for "Ruby Sparks" (2012), a fantasy-romantic comedy she both wrote and starred in alongside Paul Dano, who played a struggling novelist who tries to overcome writer's block by writing to an imaginary woman (Kazan), only to see her magically coming to life. Co-starring Antonio Banderas and Steve Coogan, "Ruby Sparks" was inspired by an early screenplay she wrote that focused on her own relationships with older men who sought to mold her. The film sparked a generous round of positive reviews and calls that a fresh new filmmaking talent had arrived. She went on to receive an Indie Spirit nod for Best Screenplay for "Ruby Sparks."

Kazan took on dual roles in the 2013 film, “The Pretty One,” portraying twin sisters. The actress continues to expand her film career with roles in “Some Girl(s)” and “In Your Eyes.”

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  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Zoe Kazan?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Zoe Kazan for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Zoe Kazan for your next private or corporate function.
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Zoe Kazan

Actress and Writer Known for "Ruby Sparks"

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Zoe Kazan Biography

Zoe Kazan is raised the daughter of screenwriter-producer-director Nicholas Kazan of "Reversal of Fortune" fame, and Robin Swicord, also a screenwriter and director who wrote the script for "Memoirs of a Geisha." She is also the granddaughter of the legendary American director-producer-writer Elia Kazan, who famously directed Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront."

After attending the private Windward School and Marlborough School in Los Angeles, Kazan made her feature debut as an actress in 2003, portraying Samantha in the indie romantic drama "Swordswallowers and Thin Men." She stepped away from acting to study at Yale University, graduating in 2005 with a bachelor's in theater. While attending university, she developed a love for writing and became a member of Yale's Manuscript Society, which featured such prestigious alum as Jodie Foster and Anderson Cooper.

In 2006, Kazan took her first professional bow on the stage in the acclaimed revival of Jay Presson Allen's off-Broadway production of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," starring Cynthia Nixon. Continuing to perform on stage, she was cast in the off-Broadway production of "The Things We Want" (2006), which she followed with an appearance in the Playwrights Horizon's staging of "100 Saints You Should Know" (2007). On the big screen, Kazan landed a small part alongside stars Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the comedy-drama "The Savages" (2007), before making her television debut in 2007 in an episode of the hit supernatural procedural "Medium."

From there, her workload featured an impressive mix of film and stage roles, which included supporting parts in features like "Fracture" (2007) and "In the Valley of Elah" (2007), as well as her Broadway debut with a highly-lauded portrayal of Marie in the revival of William Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba."

In the next few years she appeared in the Broadway show “The Seagull” and the films “August,” “Me and Orson Welles” and “Revolutionary Road.” In 2009, she became a professional playwright when her first play, "Absalom," a biblically inspired drama about a domineering father and his relationships with his writer children. The play premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, KY, and was the result of a class writing project at Yale University, which she continued to work on and hone over the years through staged readings and discussion sessions with audiences through the Lincoln Center Theater's Directors Lab.

On the acting front, Kazan appeared in numerous films, playing the lead role of Ivy in the drama "The Exploding Girl" (2009), while also landing supporting turns in the romantic drama "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" (2009) and in the romantic comedy "I Hate Valentine's Day" (2009). She also portrayed Meryl Streep's onscreen daughter Gabby in the comedy "It's Complicated" (2009).

After portraying the neurotic Mormon housewife plagued by drug-induced hallucinations, Harper Pitt, in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America," Kazan had a recurring role in several episodes of the dark comedy "Bored to Death" (HBO, 2009-2011) playing Nina, love interest to Jason Schwartzman's character. In 2011, she premiered her play, "We Live Here," at the Manhattan Theater Club, a drama that focused on weddings, sister relationships and dysfunctional family.

On screen, Kazan generated serious buzz for "Ruby Sparks" (2012), a fantasy-romantic comedy she both wrote and starred in alongside Paul Dano, who played a struggling novelist who tries to overcome writer's block by writing to an imaginary woman (Kazan), only to see her magically coming to life. Co-starring Antonio Banderas and Steve Coogan, "Ruby Sparks" was inspired by an early screenplay she wrote that focused on her own relationships with older men who sought to mold her. The film sparked a generous round of positive reviews and calls that a fresh new filmmaking talent had arrived. She went on to receive an Indie Spirit nod for Best Screenplay for "Ruby Sparks."

Kazan took on dual roles in the 2013 film, “The Pretty One,” portraying twin sisters. The actress continues to expand her film career with roles in “Some Girl(s)” and “In Your Eyes.”

Zoe Kazan Videos

  • RUBY SPARKS: Zoe Kazan Interview - YouTube
  • When Zoe Kazan stopped chasing the carrot of success - YouTube

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  • How to book Zoe Kazan?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Zoe Kazan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Zoe Kazan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Zoe Kazan or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Zoe Kazan?

    Booking fees for Zoe Kazan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Zoe Kazan, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Zoe Kazan?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Zoe Kazan for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Zoe Kazan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Zoe Kazan or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Zoe Kazan or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Zoe Kazan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Zoe Kazan for your event is available upon request. Zoe Kazan generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Paul Dano, Elle Fanning, Carey Mulligan, Frankie Shaw and Adam Driver. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Zoe Kazan for an upcoming event.

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  • RUBY SPARKS: Zoe Kazan Interview - YouTube
    When Zoe Kazan stopped chasing the carrot of success - YouTube

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