Zazie Beetz

The actress on midwifery, mushrooms, and the edible experience that made her cry.


I grew up in New York. My dad is German, so I spoke German at home and when we would visit my family there. I grew up with loving parents who divorced when I was young, but they did a great job splitting their time. 

My dad moved when I was five, but my parents lived in the same building—my dad on the 5th floor and my mom on the 15th. We’d switch every day. And then when I was 14, my mom moved like 20 minutes downtown, so I switched every week.


It’s all about what perfect potion will make you an open, vulnerable, expressive person who can feel all the things, and not just one thing.