Zoe Kazan: Fashion Icon, Playwright, Slayer


You may know thespian, activist, playwright, style deity, and paperback novel enthusiast Zoe Kazan from any number of her celebrated works as inimitable paragon of radness. If you ever feel devoid of color, unthinkably distraught, or more jaded than a Patsy Cline song as covered by Joy Division, remember the inspiration that is Kazan. She’s somewhere out there reading Gore Vidal in Warby Parker sunglasses, holding church. Donatello is crying down from the heavens, “shit is sublime, tbh.” No hagiography here – I’m only reading the stats from the back of her baseball card. And she bats .1000 in Jill Stuart dresses (them floral patterns).


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Basically, it doesn’t matter that the Los Angeles born artist has acted on Broadway, wrote screenplays, was nominated for an Emmy, or even that she uses a bad ass homeopathic product for stress called Rescue Remedy that sounds dope af (I need that working on this site) – Zoe is a flat-out baller. I tried to find some style tips that she gave to Elle, but the website went rogue and deleted the video. Homie, why? I do know, fashion-wise, that wearing two pairs of jeans during cold weather is incredibly vogue. I will take that one to the hypothetical bank.

Kazan even held court in Meek’s Cutoff, director Kelly Reichardt’s glorious and dust-enveloped exploration of the trust, fear, and nature. If you haven’t seen that film, you need to boot up your Amazon and seek forgiveness from the film Gods. Imagine Picnic at Hanging Rock by way of American pilgrimage into the unknown. Of course, Zoe also wrote three plays and one screenplay. All while wrecking shop and hanging out with the likes of Lena Dunham. Like Outkast said, “cooler than a polar bear’s toe nails.”

Now if she would only work with Whit Stillman, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, or Mark Duplass. Can you imagine if Kazan co-wrote a script with Greta Gerwig? Or the aforementioned Lena Dunham? Why isn’t this happening? Everybody, make those super hero movies happen. My advice? Follow the qween’s Twitter and Instagram pages. Get that knowledge, kid. Stay up to date. We aren’t wrong. #slayerrrrrr


Author: Rob Patrick

The program director of the Olympia Film Society, Rob is also a former San Diego Film Critics Society member. He has written for The East County Californian, The Alpine Sun, The East County Herald, The San Diego Entertainer, and the San Diego Reader. When he isn't curating a film festival, he is drinking rosé out of a plastic cup in Seattle or getting tattoos from Jenn Champion.

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