Zoe Swicord Kazan is an American actress, playwright, and screenwriter. Kazan made her acting debut in Swordswallowers and Thin Men and later appeared in films such as The Savages , Revolutionary Road and It's Complicated . She starred in Happy. Thank You. More. Please. , Meek's Cutoff , Ruby Sparks , and What If . In 2014, she appeared in the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, for which she received an Emmy nomination. She portrayed Emily Gardner in the film The Big Sick , and in 2018 she appeared in the Coen brothers film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.Kazan has acted in several Broadway productions. She is also a screenwriter, having written Ruby Sparks and co-written Wildlife with her partner Paul Dano, who also directed the film.Early lifeKazan was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord.