‘X-Men: First Class’ Actress Zoe Kravitz Talks Performance & Physical Demands Of Playing Angel

When you’re dealing with an ensemble cast as large as the one in director Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class,” you can pretty much count on one actor or another having something to say in any given week, especially as the June 3 release draws closer. The latest update comes from Zoe Kravitz, the movie’s Angel Salvadore and the real-life daughter of rock star Lenny Kravitz, who speaks to the challenge she faced in juggling the physical demands of playing a flying mutant with the performative demands in Vaughn’s character-driven period piece.

“It was impersonal in so many ways. My character flies and I’ll be wearing a harness and I’d be wearing wires all the time,” she revealed in an interview with The Independent. “Then I’d have to stand in strange ways, pretending there are not wires and pretending that I’m flying and floating, like it’s the most normal thing in the world.”

“Also, Matthew Vaughn cares about the drama, it’s not like he’s trying to make things explode all the time, so you want to look the other actors in the eye and connect and connect,” she added. “But it’s kind of hard when all this other crazy stuff is going on.”

“First Class” represents a change in direction for Ms. Kravitz, whose previous works has focused more in the direction of indie drama and comedy than action. In addition to Vaughn’s comic book adaptation, she’ll also be joining Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron (among others) in George Miller’s upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Kravitz admits that she was initially hesitant about taking on an “X-Men” movie, and actually needed some convincing.

She said, “When it comes to stuff like ’X-Men,’ I just didn’t think that I would get that part. I just think I auditioned because people were auditioning and my agent was like, ’Please go’, and had to talk me into going.”

Based on the trailers we’ve seen so far, it looks like Kravitz made the right move. Vaughn delivered a strong character drama amidst the brutal action in last year’s “Kick-Ass,” and it certainly seems like we can expect a similar sort of tone in “First Class.”

Have you seen Kravitz in any of her earlier films? Is Vaughn’s knack for painting complex characters a good fit for this X-Men origin story? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!