Zoë Kravitz has moved out of her famous parents’ shadow and made her way into the spotlight as one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood… But that beauty was something the actress really struggled to see in herself, battling eating disorders from a very young age.
“I had a really hard time when I was 16, 17, 18,” she reveals, “I started with the eating disorder in high school….” She trails off before continuing, “Just [a hard time] loving myself.”
The article states that in high school, she became anorexic and bulimic, which she battled until the last two years or so. Today, she acknowledges that her upbringing in Hollywood definitely played a role in that.
“I think it was part of being a woman, and being surrounded by [fame],” she explains, before backtracking: “I don’t think it was about the fame, but I think it was definitely about being around that world, seeing that world. I felt pressured.”
Those pressures came back when Zoë began shooting The Road Within, a film about a character dealing with anorexia. She lost a lot of weight for the role — so much so that her periods were thrown off, her immune system shut down and her thyroid gland stopped working properly.
“It was fucked up, man,” she admits. “You could see my rib cage. I was just trying to lose more weight for the film but I couldn’t see: You’re there. Stop. It was scary.”
Even upon recovery from the role, when her friends and parents praised her for gaining the weight back, she wasn’t receptive to it. “I was like, ‘I don’t want to gain weight,’ as opposed to being like, ‘Good, I’m a normal human being,'” Zoë revealed.
However, on New Year’s Eve of 2013, after shooting had wrapped, she experienced an “otherwordly” moment and finally realized she couldn’t continue struggling with the disorder.
“I just felt it was different,” she explained. “I don’t know … if a fucking spirit came over me and said: ‘You have to stop.'”