Zoe Kravitz brings sexiness to the screen as one of the female stars in this iconic action film.
Most of X-Men: First Class is set in the 1960’s, an apt period for an origins tale because it was during this decade that Marvel Comics editor, head
writer and art director Stan Lee, along with Jack Kirby, created the X-Men comics. The X-Men, like many of their Marvel predecessors, are an unusual heroic group – at times sarcastic, anti-social and clearly flawed, yet sympathetic when battling the demons of their love lives, tackling the traumas of self-esteem, or taking on powerful villains in their universe of special powers. They are the children of the atom, homo superior, and the next link in the chain of evolution. Each mutant was born with a unique genetic mutation, which at puberty manifested itself in extraordinary powers. In a world increasingly filled with hatred, prejudice and fear, they are scientific oddities…freaks of nature.
Actress Zoe Kravitz, the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, landed the dream acting gig, playing Angel Salvadore/Wings in the blockbuster, X-Men: First Class. The actress, who has been in major motion pictures since her senior year in high school, has appeared in films like No Reservations, The Brave One, Twelve, and The Greatest starring major film stars. Following in her dad’s footsteps, she is the lead singer of a band Elevator Fight and the beautiful replica of her actress mom is the face of the Vera Wang fragrance, Princess. This member of entertainment royalty talked at length about the summer’s big hit during a press conference.
HHW: How do you fee about this film?
ZOE: I was excited to be cast. It’s a good film. Take out the effects and there’s still a story there.
What was the fun part about the project?
I had to do my research, but it was really cool and I got to fly.
What a cool film. Describe the experience being in this blockbuster.
It was a really interesting job. It’s an actors’ dream to play in a comic book film. I got to see the back-story behind the film, too.
Did you think you would get the part as a sexy go-go dancer?
I auditioned in a hat and a T-shirt because I didn’t think I even had a shot. They said, ‘Can she come back and sex it up a bit?’ So I returned in form-fitting clothes – and got it!
Since you had to wear tight-fitting clothing, what exercise routine did you use to enhance your role?
I did a lot of sit-ups and push-ups to build enough muscle to hold myself up. I wanted to look good in the tight leather I had to wear!
What else did you like about the film?
I thought it was cool that they used this director, Matthew Vaughn, that’s why I signed on; he loves cinema, he tried to make this a proper film.
What did you think about the cast?
The cast is incredible. We really hung out, we would eat lunch, and we would make jokes and go back to being on a set with special effects. We felt comfortable and we adored each other.
Was filming action scenes difficult since you were wearing a harness?
It was good, but after a while it becomes painful around the crotch.
This film is very different than others that you’ve made. Can you comment on that?
Honestly, it wasn’t that different just because everyone was so cool. I feel like if I was here with a bunch of Hollywood a–holes it would have been intimidating and an awful experience. Everyone was there to make a good film, everyone was down to earth, and everyone was there for the right reasons.
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