Is it true that Zoey Deutch from “Vampire Academy” has famous parents?
–Allison Foster, Arlington, Virginia
She does, but her mother more so than her father. Mom is “Switched at Birth” star Lea Thompson and dad is director Howard Deutch, so it is definitely a case of the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Early on, it became clear to Deutch’s parents that their daughter would follow her mom into acting. Their first clue? The Los Angeles native would play out scenes with her dolls, and shed tears for the Barbie that was down on her luck.
As a child, she also studied ballet, jazz and tap dancing, and later attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she double majored in theatre and visual arts.
“I had gone to a private school my whole life, where I had found that a lot of my peers had a lack of purpose and, therefore, were just so catty and awful,” she recalls “They were so bored. They were all intelligent people, doing very well in an extremely difficult school, but they lacked purpose. When I went to LACHSA, I was surrounded by people who had passion for things that were important to them, and it was eye-opening and inspiring.”
At 15, Deutch, now 20, landed her first role in the indie film, “Mayor Cupcake,” playing — what else? — Thompson’s daughter.
“My mom is such a professional, it’s intimidating,” says the “Vampire Academy” star. “Every set I’ve ever worked on, there’s always someone on the crew, whether it’s a grip, or a sound person, or a producer, or the director … and they always have a specific example of how kind my mother was to them. Which is so awesome! Especially in a business like this. And working with her was great. We work together a lot. She helps me with a lot of my auditions.”
While in school, Deutch continued to land roles. She was cast in the Disney Channel’s “Suite Life on Deck” series, guest starred on “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” and “NCIS,” which led to her landing a plum role in the Marc Cherry pilot “Hallelujah.”
Though the show was not picked up, Deutch’s career continued its upward spiral and she was cast in the CW’s “Ringer” series, the motion picture “Beautiful Creatures,” and then landed a recurring role on “Switched at Birth.”
When not in front of the camera, Deutch is a supporter of the Corazon De Vida Orphanage in Tijuana, and has performed for The Alzheimer’s Association, What A Pair, and the Race to Erase MS benefits.
Single, she says the love of her life is her orange, Maine Coon cat named Stinky Pete.