The 20-year-old talks us through her starring role in Netflix’s recent supernatural teen sitcom and working with Hollywood’s biggest hitters.
Starring alongside To All The Boys I Loved Before phenomenon, Lana Condor, would be an on-screen partnership of dreams for many 20-year-old actors. However, for Zoe Colletti, co-habiting sets with Hollywood’s most illustrious is somewhat customary by now.
In Netflix’s recently released supernatural teen sitcom Boo, Bitch, her character Gia makes a pact with best friend Erika (Condor) to “have some real fun” before the shy, studious pair finish high school. However, on the night they finally “start really living,” the unplanned-for event of Erika being mowed down and killed by a moose runs their plan off course. Gia instead assumes a role of much-needed support to her BFF, now an embodied ghost, though the contradiction of living in the afterlife.
However, Colletti’s real-life current situ is full of vitality, with her take-over of our film and TV screens seemingly knowing no bounds. She’s continuing to learn from the best, also currently appearing in season two of Hulu’s comedy whodunnit Only Murders in the Building alongside little-known names like Selena Gomez, Steve Martin, and Cara Delevigne.
Since her movie debut in 2014’s Annie, Colletti’s already packed a lot on, not least becoming an adult. Her next stop is a turn in uplifting animal-centred film drama Gigi and Nate, followed by a reprisal of her role as Stella, in the sequel of Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark, due to start shooting later this year.
Miraculously, she managed to fit us in for a chat on all things Boo, Bitch, working with Selena Gomez, and her very exciting future…
Hi Zoe, how are you?
I’m great! So happy that it’s summer!
You made your acting debut at a very young age. Tell us what it was like entering the world of acting at such a young age! Were there any challenges that came with this?
It was so much fun! I was able to travel to so many places around the US and the world! The one hard part was being away from school for weeks at a time and then trying to fit back in with friends after missing so much time together.
So far you have had roles in a range of genres and across the stage and screen, what is your initial process when tackling a new project, unlike ones you have done before? What is the first thing you do when trying to understand and learn a new role?
I usually try to think of how I’d feel in those situations. I also try to research similar characters on film, TV or even in real life and pull from their experiences.
So far in your career, has there been any role you have particularly related to and resonated with?
I really loved playing Stella from Scary Stories! It was a lot of fun to be such a strong, fearless female lead. I also LOVE the era of the movie and could see myself living in that time!
Congratulations on the release of your new movie, Boo, Bitch! How was your overall experience when filming?
It was amazing to get to work with Lana. She is hands down one of the brightest, cutest, funniest and most sincere girls. It was so much fun to film with her and spend time together on and off set. We really clicked from day one.
Did you resonate with your character, Gia?
I did. I feel like a lot of teens go through a bit of a struggle in high school trying to find themselves and their group. I’d like to think that I stand up a bit more for myself than Gia though. I definitely connected with her passion for attending prom.
We also have to talk about your role in the second season of Only Murders In The Building! What was it like stepping onto a project like this, with such an iconic cast?
Surreal. I feel like it was like being on set with Hollywood royalty. I have been such a huge fan of Selena from back in the Wizards of Waverly Place days. Meeting her and working with her was a dream. The entire cast was amazing and made me feel so welcomed. I spent most of my days laughing. They are as funny in person as they are on screen!
Do you have any fun anecdotes from your time on set?
I feel like one funny thing on sets recently has been only knowing people with their masks on and then seeing what the crew actually look like now without them!
Who would you say inspires you? Maybe you have a dream co-star?
Honestly, Selena Gomez. I feel like she has had an amazing career since childhood and has transitioned into being a respected actor now. I also love how she is such a champion for promoting mental health issues. It was really cool to see how close she is with her little sister and how she is just such a genuine, kind caring person!
What is next for you? What are you most excited about?
Next up I’ll be seen in the movie, Gigi and Nate, which will be in theatres on September 2nd. In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying the summer with my family and getting ready for my new projects coming up!