10 november, 1994
Zoey Deutch, 18, comes from a showbiz family of musicians and actors, going back two generations. Growing up in Los Angeles, her parents (actress Lea Thompson and director Howard Deutch) knew acting was in the genes when Zoey would play out scenes with her dolls, and weep for the Barbie that was down on her luck. This kind of dedication showed up a few years later, when she began landing comedic and dramatic roles in both film and television, at the ripe old age of 15.
Zoey was a serious dancer, as a child, excelling in ballet, competitive jazz, and tap. She was a double major in both theatre and visual arts at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, while simultaneously studying at the Young Actors Space, with Patrick Day.
Her first leading role was in the indie flick, Mayor Cupcake (2011), where she played real-life mom Lea Thompson's daughter - a small town girl, with big time political aspirations. Shortly thereafter, Zoey was cast in the Disney Channel's The Suite Life on Deck (2008) series; where she played Zach's love interest "Maya", and charmed dedicated fans of the show all over the world. She guest-starred on two hit shows, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011) and NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2003), which lead to her landing the role of "Willow Turner" in the coveted Marc Cherry pilot, Hallelujah (2011).
Though the show was not picked up, Zoey bounced back immediately after she was cast as Sarah Michelle Gellar's troubled stepdaughter, "Juliet Martin", in the CW's Ringer (2011). The show became one of the network's biggest hits, and allowed Zoey to spread her wings in a part that required a lot of conflict and complexity from a 16-year-old. Now, she is promoting her work on the highly-anticipated movie, Beautiful Creatures (2013), adapted from the beloved teen book series. Zoey stars alongside Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons as "Emily Asher" - a popular high schooler, who covers her hurt and humanity with her southern belle sass.
Next up, Zoey will be seen recurring on ABC Family's series, Switched at Birth (2011). And soon, Zoey will move on to shoot her biggest project to date. She has been cast as the lead in the new film franchise, based on the six-volume Richelle Mead young adult novel series, that will come to the screen as Vampire Academy (2014): Blood Sisters. The entire series has been on The New York Times best-seller young adult list, since the series debuted back in 2007. Zoey will be portraying 17-year-old "Rose Hathaway", a young woman who shares a special bond with vampire princess and best friend "Lissa" (Lucy Fry). The books are all written from Rose's perspective. Mean Girls (2004)' Mark Waters is directing the film, and Heathers (1988)' Daniel Waters is writing the script.
Zoey is a big supporter of the "Corazon De Vida Orphanage" in Tijuana, and has performed for "The Alzheimer's Association", "What A Pair" and "Race to Erase" MS benefits. When she's not working, you can find her posing for Instagram photos with the love of her life: an orange Maine Coon cat named "Stinky Pete", and/or taping photo booth videos for her sister as her Ukrainian alter ego.