Zooey meets Zoey. Zoey Deutch is the epitome of the adorable “Girl Next Door” type. Cute and quirky, smart and down-to-earth. Not to mention her love for animals. This 17-year-old actress works next to everyone's beloved vampire slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristoffer Polaha, and Ioan Gruffudd in CW's thriller "Ringer." She stars as the trouble-making daughter Juliet, who happens to rise above her shambles with a big heart and a fighter's personality. Kayla Aldecoa sits down with Zoey in her front lawn to discuss what it is like to be 'Zoey.' And let this be known...her house consists of a wonderful (and famous) family with more than enough animals (fish, horses, dogs, and cats).
I’m a senior in high school. I just finished those awful state tests this morning. I wouldn’t recommend it! For the past two years I have been taking classes online, through this online charter school. I am able to video chat with my teachers and communicate with them, it is really cool. But, yeah, it’s great. I’m in my senior year, I am very excited! I’m having senioritis! Not so bad because I’m graduating a year early, because I skipped a grade in ninth grade, but still.
In the future, future, I would really like to go back to school. Either NYU or USC. I always wanted to go to Yale, but that switched. We’ll see though. School is a priority for me, I really enjoy it. Because I skipped a grade, I’m allowing myself one year to figure it all out before I go back. It will be like I graduated at the right time, with all my friends. I feel like I’m taking college courses in acting, at least, with Ringer. It was always learning something new, kind of like being paid to go to college.
My favorite part about my job is not that it is never boring; it is that it is always exciting. There is always something new to learn. There is always something interesting to get from someone else. Whether it is an actor, or a sound engineer, there is so much to learn and there will never be nothing to learn. There is always something there.
I just wrapped the first season of The Ringer, and this weekend I’m heading to New Orleans to shoot a movie called Beautiful Creatures by Richard LaGravenese. It has crazy, incredible actors! Like Viola Davis, and Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Emmy Rossum. It is totally beyond my wildest dreams. I’m so excited!
I don’t have a bucket list. But, I do want to go ballooning! Where you go in a balloon in the air. The one thing holding me back is that you have to go at like four in the morning, and I’m not necessarily a morning person. That would not be fun. But the fact that there is only one thing on my bucket list, and the one thing is ballooning, kind of says something about me. Yup, that’s it. That is pretty much my entire list.
I’m a seventeen year old girl... my guilty pleasure is chocolate! I’m always, all the time, eating chocolate. I eat pretty healthy but then I go all out when it has to do with chocolate. Or French fries. Or salt & vinegar chips. I don’t know why it is fattening and sugary things, but it is. Those are my guilty pleasures. Also, I sometimes really like to watch Basketball Wives. No, not sometimes… I really like it!
When people touch their eyelashes, that is the biggest pet peeve of mine! I feel like they are going to rip their eyelashes off, and it hurts my soul. It makes me cringe worse than when someone scratches a chalkboard. Way worse! Everyone has their thing, mine is just particularly weird.
I am a teenage girl, so my mood swings are intense. One minute I’m in a happy mood and the next minute I’m like crying, and the next I am laughing and petting my dog. So, yeah, I am very mercurial. I’m so hyper. Maybe it’s because I’m the youngest kid. I have an older sister, so maybe that’s what it is. I’m always striving to talk over someone.
One thing people might not know about me is that I am a pescatarian. Everyone always says to me, “No, you aren’t! You were bat mitzvahed.” And I go, “You guys, that’s Presbyterian.” It just means that I do not eat meat, I eat fish. It’s “pes” like “pescado.” My favorite food is sushi, so I get all my protein from that. And I keep it that way, because I like it.
Sometimes I can be a little too honest, and I remember one time my mom said to me, “Honesty without compassion is cruelty.” It always kind of stuck with me. There is also an Einstein quote about cats that I really like. I can’t remember it, but there is that. If you want to Google that, I know it is out there! Einstein really liked cats, and through the transitive property, I really like Einstein.
My family is the most important thing in my life. I could never live without them. You know, initially I was like ‘my iPhone’! But then I rethought it and was like ‘oooh, my family... I’m gonna do that!’ My sister is the most incredible singer/songwriter. She’s also an actress, her name is Maddie Deutch. Her band is called Maddie and the Bad Hats. She is incredible, such an amazing writer and I could never do what she does. It’s really cool to be around people like my mom, and my sister, and my dad that are all always able to do what they love. That is inspiring in itself.
Be sure to catch "Ringer's" finale this Tuesday at 9 PM on the CW! Interviewed by Kayla Aldecoa
Photographed by Vince Trupsin Hair/Makeup by Amber Bruehl
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