INSTYLE – They may sometimes ‘drive each other crazy,’ but this mother-daughter duo are still each other’s favorite co-stars.
It’s no accident that actress and producer Zoey Deutch, 26, is following in her family’s vocational footsteps. Her father is director Howard Deutch, who met her mother, famed actress Lea Thompson, when she starred in his 1987 film, Some Kind of Wonderful. (The creative legacy extends to previous generations as well — her grandfather Murray Deutch was a music executive who discovered Buddy Holly.)
So, when the pandemic hit, the younger Deutch did not have to turn far to find collaborators for her latest project, a 10-episode scripted podcast for Audible called A Total Switch Show. Conceived by Deutch and her friends, executive producer Gavin Polone and writer Matt Powers, the dark, fast-paced comedy tackles the familiar trope of what happens when a mother and daughter — Deutch and Thompson, naturally — switch bodies. Deutch’s 30-year-old sister, Madelyn (a polymath who also took these photos near their home in L.A.), serves as a writer on the series, and the stellar cast includes Bradley Whitford, Judy Greer, and Bobby Moynihan.
Deutch, in London, where she was busy practicing her 1950s Chicago accent for the upcoming film The Outfit, and Thompson, in her daughter’s childhood bedroom in L.A., got together via Zoom to unpack the evolution of their careers and making art together.
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Zoey Deutch’s destiny within the world of acting could be construed as preordained. The daughter of actress Lea Thompson (Back to The Future) and director Howard Deutch (Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful), one might say the nineteen-year-old was groomed for entertainment. Starring roles in films such as this year’s Vampire Academy have put the young actress firmly on the map. Yet her beginnings, she graciously admits, were more humble. “I used to make really embarrassing, ridiculous short films with my cousin and sister. We would play whatever characters we could possibly conjure up,” Zoey remembers. “I would steal my mom’s jelly boobs from when she was in a sitcom and they would put in fake padding boobs… and put them in my dresses so I could resemble Barbie, which was upsetting in so many different ways.” Her first professional job on The Disney Channel’s The Suite Life Zack and Cody wasn’t perfect either. “I was so bad at it, so uneducated about terminology and industry etiquette, and understanding people’s jobs.” Riding the wave of her blockbuster hit Vampire Academy, Zoey will star in Cover Girl as well as Good Kids, both slated for release in 2015.