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-Jones||Zoe Kazan|
|Birthday||September 1, 1982||September 9, 1983|
|Hometown||Brooklyn, New York||Los Angeles, California|
|Current Residence||Brooklyn, New York||Brooklyn, New York|
|College||New York University||Yale University|
|Creative Parents||Video artist Ardele Lister and photographer and media artist Bill Jones||Screenwriters 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" Character||Michelle, 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 Other||Daryl 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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