Co-starring in the popular young adult sci-fi Divergent movies helps the cause.
Kravitz returns to play Christina in The Divergent Series: Allegiant, the third movie in the franchise, with one left to go (Ascendant starts filming later this summer).
In the latest dystopian trip, Tris (Shailene Woodley) leads her Allegiant crew over the wall surrounding a post-apocalyptic Chicago to discover what lies beyond.
Joining Tris are Christina (Kravitz), Peter (Miles Teller), Tris’s brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and Four (Theo James), who is Tris’s love interest.
Despite the boost Divergent has given her career, Kravitz isn’t all about the series.
Last year, she played Toast the Knowing in George Miller’s blockbuster action hit Mad Max: Fury Road.
She received positive reviews for her role of Nakia in the modest movie satire Dope.
She just wrapped the getaway thriller Vincent N Roxxy with Emile Hirsch.
“It’s a good old-fashioned, bloody, broken-heart love story,” Kravitz says.
And currently she’s filming the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Divergent pal Woodley.
“My first mother,” she says of her part in the dark comedy.
The busy model and actress even finds time for her pop trio, Lolawolf, which is still going strong since forming three years ago.
Recently, the 27-year-old took a break from her schedule to discuss all things Divergent and Kravitz:
Q Did you enjoy portraying Christina for a third time?
A Yeah, you have a few chances to try different things, especially working with the same people. You’re not walking on eggshells.
Q Does it allow for more collaboration?
A Everyone can be completely honest with each other. I think that’s the best way to improvise and be artistic.
Q Do you have more control over your portrayal?
A I have a certain amount of control. We know these characters so well now. It’s easy for me to say that this is not something I feel Christina would say or do.
Q What’s your main challenge?
A It’s been interesting trying to bring out as much as I can of her with very few lines and between lots of action.
Q How has Christina changed?
A It’s interesting seeing her evolve into a much more militant person who has been through some stuff.
Q Any word on a sequel to Mad Max: Fury Road?
A I don’t really know, but I do know that George (Miller) is probably very tired and he won’t casually decide to make another film.
Q You’ve enjoyed roles in big studio movies and modest indie films. Is there a different approach in performance?
A There’s not a different approach to prepare in an independent film, but you have more creative power — it’s you, the director and the crew.
Q What about special-effects movies like Allegiant?
A You are part of a machine and there’s a lot of trust that goes into that. You show up and you do what you can.
Q Are you still active with your group?
A We’re recording our second record at the moment. We’re going to play a few festivals this summer.
Q What’s your assessment of the diversity issue at this year’s Oscars?
A It’s interesting seeing a lot of white people being exposed to this. All the black people are like, ‘Yeah, you guys haven’t been hiring us for a long time …’
Q Do you support the call for more diversity at the Academy Awards?
A I guess it’s great that people are being more vocal about it. At the end of the day, art is art.