Variety caught up with Zoe Kravitz, 31, from London, where she's been living since production of The Batman – she's playing Catwoman opposite Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader – was halted due to the pandemic.
So what was it like seeing yourself for the first time as Catwoman?
It's cool, man. It's cool. I can't say it wasn't cool, but I've been really trying to not think too much about just what that character means to everybody else. Just because it can be distracting in the wrong way, especially when you're trying to become someone else.
When the announcement came out that I had gotten this role, my phone rang more than it has ever. More than my birthday, more than my wedding, more than anything.
So I felt that immediate pressure. The script is phenomenal. The story's really strong. I feel very clear on who Selena is and what she wants, and I'm trying to stay more focused on that.
Have you spoken to Michelle Pfeiffer or Halle Berry?
I spoke to Michelle. We sat at the same table at the Golden Globes, and I've met her a bunch over the years because of David E. Kelley. She'd always been so nice.
I had just gotten cast so I was really nervous to be around her, and she was so sweet. She just gave me a big hug and said,"You're going to be great." That was really just amazing.
Both Halle and Anne (Hathaway) were really sweet on Instagram and Twitter. (They) sent really sweet, encouraging messages when that was announced. So I feel supported by my girls.
Why is Robert Pattinson perfect to play Batman?
Good question. First of all, he's just a really good actor. He started out as this kind of teen pop sensation, and then I think we all kind of saw through his work that there was a lot more going on.
He's a really interesting artist, and that is very much Batman in a way. We have the illusion of Bruce Wayne, and then we have Batman in the shadows that has a lot more complicated things going on.
So just in that, I think he's perfect for this role. He can relate in that way, and he looks good in the suit, man. He looks good in the suit. That's a good jaw line.
But he's just a great actor and he brings so much to everything he does. I think that it's a really hard role because people are expecting a lot.
Also it's restricting in a lot of ways. You're wearing the suit, and you can't see their eyes, and you can only move in a certain way.
So you have to get really creative in terms of how can you portray a multidimensional character. He's way up for the challenge and has really interesting ideas already. I think he's perfect, perfect casting.
Now I have to ask you about your Britney Spears fandom. (Kravitz sent social media into a tizzy last year when she posted a photo on Instagram of when she met Spears at age 12.)
She was the biggest star in the world when I was a kid, and I got to meet her. There's no one bigger than Britney Spears in a lot of ways. That was long ago, but 'N Sync is still a big deal to me. Britney Spears is still a big deal to me.
Tell me about meeting her.
My dad surprised me. He was gone a lot on tour and all of that. So he was really sweet about when he would come into town to try and do something fun and surprise me, take me to Disneyland or whatever.
Looking back it's like, I really just probably wanted to spend time with him and that's all I wanted. But (photographer) Mark Seliger, who's a dear family friend, was shooting Britney's (Oops, I Did It Again album) cover that day.
I remember my dad taking me somewhere, not telling me where we were going, and then getting out of the car and going into this dark studio, and then looking and seeing this weird little set in the distance.
As I got closer I was like,"Oh my God, it's Britney. It's Britney Spears. She's right there."
And then got to take this picture. And then also at the time, didn't even realise that it was her album cover shoot and that it would, of course, become this iconic cover shoot. And yeah, it was very cool. It was very, very cool. – Reuters