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Zoe Lister-Jones And Zoe Kazan: A Tale Of Two Zoes

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Zoe Lister-Jones and Zoe Kazan
Zoe Lister-Jones and Zoe Kazan

Don't be alarmed if you're experiencing deja vu. You've been hearing about a young actress named Zoe who made an indie romantic comedy with her boyfriend. Not only did this actress write the script, she also appears in the film. Wait a second, you think, didn't this happen last month?

Your confusion is understandable. Last month, Zoe Lister-Jones appeared in "Lola Versus," a film she co-wrote with her boyfriend, Daryl Wein. This month, Zoe Kazan appears in "Ruby Sparks," a film she wrote that stars her boyfriend, Paul Dano. Fox Searchlight is distributing both films.

To help you keep these talented actresses straight, we've created a cheat sheet.

Zoe Lister-JonesZoe Kazan
BirthdaySeptember 1, 1982September 9, 1983
HometownBrooklyn, New YorkLos Angeles, California
Current ResidenceBrooklyn, New YorkBrooklyn, New York
CollegeNew York UniversityYale University
Creative ParentsVideo artist Ardele Lister and photographer and media artist Bill JonesScreenwriters Robin Swicord and Nicholas Kazan
Broadway Shows"The Little Dog Laughed," "Seminar""Come Back, Little Sheba," "The Seagull," "A Behanding in Spokane"
Playwriting Experience"Codependence Is a Four-Letter Word," a one-woman show that dealt with "the question of how to maintain one’s independence in a monogamous relationship""We Live Here," an Off Broadway show about "a family's buried secrets, desires and grief"
"Bored to Death" CharacterMichelle, half of a lesbian couple who steal the sperm of Ray (Zach Galifianakis)Nina, a student turned love interest of Jonathan (Jason Schwartzman)
Other Notable TV Or Movie Roles"Breaking Upwards," "Whitney," "Delocated""The Exploding Girl," "Revolutionary Road," "It's Complicated"
"The Private Lives Of …"Lister-Jones was the subject of this interview titled "The Private Lives of Zoe Lister-Jones."Kazan appeared in the movie "The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee."
Significant OtherDaryl Wein. They met as acting students at NYU. Paul Dano. They acted together in the Off Broadway production of "Things We Want."
Summer Movie With Significant Other"Lola Versus." Lister-Jones co-wrote the screenplay for this romantic comedy with Wein. She plays the title character's best friend."Ruby Sparks." Kazan wrote the screenplay for this romantic comedy, which stars Dano. She plays the title character.
Why You'll See More Of Her"I think to be ambitious and to get ahead sometimes, you have to wear a lot of hats because it’s a pretty tough industry ... So, a lot of the time the only way to open doors is to create your own work.""People use 'ambition' as a negative word, but I feel incredibly ambitious. I want to make the things I want to make and do the things I want to do."

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