Zoe Kravitz regrets condemning Will Smith for slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.
After the ceremony in March, the 33-year-old star posted a photo on Instagram of herself at the Vanity Fair Oscars party and wrote: “And here’s a picture of my dress at the after-party – where we’re apparently screaming profanity and assaulting people on stage now.”
When an Instagram user asked in her comments, “Don’t you support him defending his wife?” she answered categorically: “no”.
The Batman actress, who received a quick reaction from Smith fans, has now said she could have a more measured response.
“I’m torn about what to say now, because I should just talk about it; I have very complicated feelings around that,” she admitted to The Wall Street Journal.
“I wish I had handled it differently. And that’s okay.”
She added, “It’s a scary time to have an opinion or say the wrong thing or make controversial art or statements or thoughts or anything.
“It’s mostly scary because art is about conversation. That should, in my opinion, always be the point.
“The internet is the opposite of conversation. The internet is people putting things out and not taking anything.”
When the star first denounced Smith about the slap, many noted on social media that when actor’s son Jaden Smith was 15 and Kravitz was 25, she told American show Extra that he was her “date” at a wedding event. red carpet and jokingly called him the “love of my life”.
A 2013 V Magazine article where she talked about how ‘handsome’ Jaden was at 14 was also unearthed.
Zoe, daughter of rocker Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, starred opposite Jaden and Will in the sci-fi blockbuster After Earth.
“There were times when I was hanging out with Jaden and thinking, I can’t believe you’re 14, I have to control myself, I like what I tell you,” she told the publication at the time.
“He has so much personality and so much style, he’s so much nicer than I am. And he’s so handsome, I always thought, when you’re older, you know, we’re going to go out… No, that’s inappropriate, you’re 14.”
Smith’s now infamous attack on Rock on the Oscars stage came after the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who shaves her head because she suffers from alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss.
Rock said, “Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,” in reference to the 1997 film starring Demi Moore, who wore her hair short for the role.
While Smith initially laughed at the joke, he stormed onto the stage and slapped Rock across the face after seeing Pinkett-Smith roll her eyes.
When the King Richard actor returned to his seat, he repeatedly yelled at Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth!
Smith received a 10-year ban from attending the Oscars and apologized to Rock for his actions.