Zazie Olivia Beetz (/zəˈs ˈbts/ zə-SEE BAYTS; German: [zaˈsiː ˈbeːts];[2][3] born June 1, 1991) is a German-American actress. She is best known for her role in the FX comedy-drama series Atlanta (2016–2022), for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She starred in the Netflix anthology series Easy (2016–2019) and currently voices Amber Bennett in the adult animated superhero series Invincible (2021–present).

Zazie Beetz
Beetz at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con
Born
Zazie Olivia Beetz

(1991-06-01) June 1, 1991 (age 32)[1]
Berlin, Germany
Nationality
  • Germany
  • United States
EducationSkidmore College (BA)
OccupationActress
Years active2013–present
Spouse
(m. 2023)

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).[4] She also voiced as Diane Foxington in the heist animated movie The Bad Guys.

Early life and career edit

Zazie Olivia Beetz[5][6] was born in Berlin in 1991.[1][7][8] Her father is a German cabinet maker who emigrated to the United States in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall,[9][10] and her mother is an African-American social worker from New York.[10][11] Her parents separated when she was very young.[7][10] 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.[12][13] She has a younger brother named Justin.[14]

Beetz attended preschool 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.[9][11] Her mixed-race identity was a source of discomfort for her during her youth.[10] Growing up in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood,[11] she became interested in acting while attending Muscota New School and performed in community theaters and on local stages.[9] She graduated from the LaGuardia Arts High School in 2009, and attended Skidmore College, graduating in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in French.[15] She spent a year living in Paris.[9]

After Beetz graduated from college, she spent a year "broke and waiting tables" before she was cast in Atlanta.[10]

Personal life edit

In May 2022 Vanity Fair reported that Beetz had recently gotten engaged to her writing partner, actor David Rysdahl.[16][17] They met during an acting workshop and have been together since 2014.[10] They started a production company called Sleepy Poppy.[18][19] The couple married in 2023.[20]

Awards edit

At the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2018, Beetz received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series, for her role in FX's Atlanta.[21]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
2015 James White Girl #1
Applesauce Rain
2016 Wolves Victoria
2017 Sollers Point Courtney
Geostorm Dana
2018 Dead Pigs Angie
Deadpool 2 Neena Thurman / Domino
Slice Astrid
2019 Wounds Alicia
High Flying Bird Sam [22]
Seberg Dorothy Jamal [23]
Joker Sophie Dumond [4]
Lucy in the Sky Erin Eccles [24]
2020 Nine Days Emma [25]
Still Here Keysha [26]
2021 Extinct Dottie Voice role
The Harder They Fall Stagecoach Mary [27]
2022 The Bad Guys Diane Foxington / The Crimson Paw Voice role[28][29]
Bullet Train The Hornet [30][31]
2024 Joker: Folie à Deux Sophie Dumond Post-production[32]
TBA The Dutchman Post-production[33]

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Margot vs. Lily Allie Miniseries
2016–2022 Atlanta Vanessa "Van" Kiefer Main role
2016–2019 Easy Noelle 4 episodes
2019 The Twilight Zone Sophie Gelson Episode: "Blurryman"[34]
2020–2022 Robot Chicken Various Voice role; 3 episodes
2020 Home Movie: The Princess Bride Princess Buttercup 2 episodes[35]
Acting for a Cause Natalie Keener Episode: "Up in the Air"
2021–present Invincible Amber Bennett Recurring voice role, 12 episodes
2023 History of the World, Part II Mary Magdalene 3 episodes
Black Mirror Bo Episode: "Mazey Day"
Full Circle Mel Harmony Miniseries[36]
Big Mouth Danni Recurring voice role, 4 episodes

References edit

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