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5 Things You Didn't Know About Zazie Beetz of 'Joker'

The rising star has also starred in Marvel’s ‘Deadpool 2.’

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Zazie Beetz of 'Joker'

The rising star has also starred in Marvel’s ‘Deadpool 2.’

With the highly-anticipated Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix, we’re interested to see how Todd Phillips was able to direct and produce the movie’s R-rated origin story and how Phoenix will be portraying the role of the infamous DC supervillain. Starring alongside Phoenix is famed actor Robert De Niro as Murray Franklin, Brett Cullen as Thomas Wayne, and rising actress Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond. Beetz will be portraying the role of a single mother who is somehow connected to Arthur Fleck, also known at the Joker. Details about the plot were a bit hazy during production as the film was being rewritten in between shooting scenes.

Beetz is no stranger when it comes to superhero roles – if you haven’t already recognized her, she starred in Marvel‘s recent Deadpool 2. There’s more to this rising star than you think, so be sure to scroll down below and find out more about her while we wait for Joker to hit the theaters on October 4.

In other DC-related news, be sure to check out Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey.

1. She was born in Berlin and raised in New York.

 

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Pa and Za

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Zazie was born in Berlin, Germany to a German father and African-American mother, where she received her kindergarten and elementary education. She was then raised in Washington Heights and has been a New York native ever since.

2. She is a feminist and activist.

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Free the hair. Free the nipple. Free the blood. Free the woman. @briiiiiiiiiig you inspired

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Silence is violence #womensmarch

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Zazie is very passionate about advocating for women’s rights, black culture and cares for the safety of our Earth. In an interview with Donald Glover, she said “I’ve begun feeling that my responsibility is to the Earth. Our generation’s war is climate change, so I’ve really been modifying how I eat and what I eat.”

3. She is one of the main characters in Atlanta and starred Deadpool 2.

 

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Real ones. This group of men is so creative, loving, and weird. I remember the weekend before I went to shoot season one, my boyfriend and I got into a fight, and it ended with me sobbing that he didn’t “understand that I was going to die when I go down there. There is only a black cloud in front of me and I am going to die.” I really believed that. There was nothingness in my future. This was before I began seriously addressing my issues with anxiety. And look at this photo! I am so happy, so grateful to have gotten to know these open, questioning, searching, and brave souls. We have been on this journey together, and I am genuinely so happy about it. I didn’t die. There was no black cloud. Atlanta in the spring is actually quite floral! That helped me a lot. I’m not saying I had an easy time emotionally, but I really worked at trying to remain open and available to the world while not punishing myself for feeling out of place or like an imposter! I still get panic attacks, and need to manage my anxiety daily, but I understand his part of myself so much better now and can navigate those feelings a lot more efficiently and effectively. It’s never easy. Even with this new lifestyle. I’d actually say it’s been harder since my life changed- but it’s empowering to not deny this part of yourself and to give yourself permission to listen to your body, seek the help that you need, and approach self care in a way that honors your soul and your mind.

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DomiYAASSS #Domino ?

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Other than her upcoming Joker role, Zazie stars alongside Donald Glover in FX’s Atlanta and also made her debut in the Marvel Universe as Domino in Deadpool 2.

4. She loves cats.

 

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Wtf she doesn’t appreciate anything I give her, I’m over it

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Soooooooo cutttteee (not our dog, cat person over here, but I’m warming up to them they aiight)

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Zazie is definitely a cat person. As seen on her Instagram account, she appreciates a cute puppy from time to time, but she would for sure choose cats over dogs any day. Her caption reads: “not our dog, cat person over here, but I’m warming up to them aiight.”

5. She is dating fellow actor David Rysdahl.

It’s no secret that Zazie is in love, specifically with fellow actor David Rysdahl. The two have been dating since 2015 and have been inseparable ever since.

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