“I have a hard time waiting for things to happen,” says Zoe Lister-Jones, the exceedingly lovely theatrical multihyphenate who appears this summer alongside Angelina Jolie in the action-thriller Salt. After graduating from the Institute of Performing Arts at Tisch School of the Arts in 2004, the 27-year-old Manhattan-based Lister-Jones wrote, produced, and starred in Codependence Is a Four-Letter Word, the 11-character one-woman show that earned her a write-up in The New York Times, an agent, and a manager. A run of art-house films, appearances in four of the Law & Order franchises, and an acclaimed role on Broadway in The Little Dog Laughed all led to Breaking Upwards, a very-low-budget comedy released this past spring, which she co-wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in with her romantic and creative partner Daryl Wein. The project is a fictionalized account of the couple’s real-life experiment in polyamory (they have since completed their follow-up screenplay, Lola Versus, about a 29-year-old woman in New York facing the dating world). In addition to Salt, Lister-Jones will soon be seen in a raft of upcoming projects, including the comedy The Other Guys, opposite Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg; William Vincent, alongside James Franco; and All Good Things, with Ryan Gosling. “It’s been a very steady progression,” she says. “Whether it’s lucky or unlucky that I didn’t shoot to fame like Rob Pattinson, I’m not sure.”
Photo: Zoe Lister-Jones in New York, April 2010. Top: Ports 1961. Pants: Current/Elliot. Necklace and Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana. Belt and Shoes: Michael Kors. Cosmetics: Dior Beauty, including Dior Style Liner. Styling: Andreas Kokkino. Hair: Holli Smith for Redken/Community NYC. Makeup: Makky for Dior Beauty/Streeters.