In order for Zoë Kravitz to get into character to play Catwoman in the highly anticipated The Batman film coming out this week, she knew she had to get into a feline state of mind. The Big Little Lies actress opened up about her process for playing Selina Kyle while appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (March 2).
While brainstorming about methods he’d use if he were Catwoman, Fallon told Kravitz, 33, “If I was cast as Catwoman … I would study cats, I would drink milk out of a bowl.” To which Kravitz replied, “I did that.” Fallon didn’t seem to believe her, because he said, “You did not,” which she insisted, “I did.”
The host asked again, “You drank milk out of a bowl?”, to which Kravitz replied, “Maybe,” adding, “I’m method, dude!” The star said she “hung out with cats a lot” while filming The Batman, which allowed her to understand the animals better. “They don’t care,” Zoë said of the cats, joking that “they were the hardest thing to control during the shooting. We were doing crazy stunts and all that was fine, but then getting a cat to stay in one place? Impossible.”
Kravitz said she even had scheduled “cat time” as a way for her to bond with her character’s cats. “They tried to get me to know the cats that were Selina’s cats, and it’s funny, they would say, ‘Training at 1:30, and then rehearsal at this time, and then cat time,’ and I was like, ‘What’s cat time?’ And it was just putting me in a room with a bunch of cats, the cats that were going to be my cats. But the cats didn’t care … it did nothing.”
In a December 2021 interview with Empire, Kravitz said she viewed footage of big cats in nature to help form her character saying, “We watched cats and lions and how they fight, and talked about what is actually possible when you’re my size and Batman’s so much stronger than me.”
“What is my skill? It’s being fast and tricky,” she continued. “So we did some really interesting floor work that incorporated different kinds of martial arts and capoeira and a kind of feline, dance-like movement.”
Kravitz added, “This is an origin story for Selina. So it’s the beginning of her figuring out who she is, beyond just someone trying to survive. I think there’s a lot of space to grow and I think we are watching her become what I’m sure will be the femme fatale.”
The Batman releases this Friday, March 4. Watch Zoë Kravitz on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon below: