Zazie Olivia Beetz is a German-American actress. She stars in the FX comedy-drama series Atlanta (2016–present), for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also appeared in the Netflix anthology series Easy (2016–19) and voices Amber Bennett in Amazon‘s animated superhero action series Invincible.
Years active 2013–present
Born June 1, 1991, age 31 years old and 6 months, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Sun Sign Gemini
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5.6′ / 1.68 m
Measurements 35-24-36 inches (89-61-91 cm)
Bra size 34A
Awards: Gotham Independent Film Tribute Award
Education: Skidmore College (2013), M314 Muscota New School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art & and Performing Arts (2009), Harlem School of the Arts.
Zazie Beetz Family
Father: Thomas (Cabinet Maker)
Mother: Michelle (Social Worker)
She has a younger brother named Justin.
Early life and career
Her father is a German cabinet maker who immigrated to the United States in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and her mother is an African-American social worker from New York. Her parents separated when she was very young. Beetz was named after the title character in the Raymond Queneau novel Zazie in the Metro. The pronunciation, with [s], follows the German-dubbed version of the 1960 film adaptation of the novel.
Beetz attended pre-school in Berlin and kindergarten in New York City before moving with her family there more permanently at the age of eight, speaking both German and English with her family at home.
Her mixed-race identity was a source of discomfort for her during her youth.
Growing up in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, she became interested in acting while attending Muscota New School and performed in community theaters and on local stages.
She graduated from the LaGuardia Arts High School in 2009, and attended Skidmore College, graduating in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in French. She spent a year living in Paris.
After Beetz graduated from college, she spent a year broke and waiting tables before she was cast in Atlanta.
The German-American actress Zazie Beetz showed interest towards acting as a child and grew up performing at local plays and theater.
She first rose to fame in 2016 after landing the role of Vanessa Keefer in the comedy-drama television series, Atlanta. Her performance on the series met with critical acclaim and she even received the nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Her first big-budget film role came with Geostorm in 2017 and despite its commercial failure, the film proved to be a breakthrough point for Zazie as it led her to be signed for the role of Domino in the 2018 blockbuster, Deadpool 2.
Since that huge success on the box office, Beetz career has taken-off at a very rapid pace and she is now working on several major projects simultaneously.
In film, Beetz has appeared in the disaster film Geostorm (2017) and has played the Marvel Comics character Domino in the superhero film Deadpool 2 (2018) and Arthur Fleck/Joker‘s neighbor Sophie in the psychological thriller Joker (2019).
Zazie Beetz Career Highlights:
First Film: James White (2015)
First TV Show: Atlanta (2016)
Beetz is engaged to David Rysdahl, an actor and writer. They met during an acting workshop and have been together since 2014.
Zazie Beetz Interesting Facts
She is a feminist.
Zazie Beetz is fluent in English and German.
Her family moved from Germany to the United States during her childhood.