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When your grandfather is director Elia Kazan, your parents are screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord and your sister is actor and writer Zoe, perhaps your career has been preordained and your fate sealed. Though this 28-year-old did stay away from what she calls “the family business” while growing up, she came around to the idea while at Wesleyan. And it’s a good thing, too—the subtle, gracious actor practically haunts her plum, recurring roles on auteur-inspired TV shows Boardwalk Empire and The Knick, with heartbreaking depictions of virtuous but fragile women who find their social order and sanity crumbling around them. (You may also recognize the Williamsburg denizen from Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha.) “I’m interested in writing, acting, directing, all if it,” says Kazan, who’s penning a romantic comedy. “But I don’t have to do everything at once.”
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