Zoey Deutsch has been in the industry for about a decade now and has since starred in several projects. However, like many actors, Deutch also started his career playing minor roles in different shows such as The suite life on deck and The Amazing Spider-Man. But over the years, the actress has made impressive strides in Hollywood and continues to rise through the ranks, proving her passion for her craft.
This 2022, Deutch starred in a satirical drama film Not good as Danni alongside Dylan O’Brien and Mia Isaacand in crime drama The clothe in which she plays Mable. Both of these films received mostly positive reviews, with critics praising its performances, and it’s no surprise. To take a better look at her career, here are some of Zoey Deutch’s most notable performances that showcase her range as a promising young actress.
Beverly in Everyone Wants Some!! (2016)
Everyone wants it!! is a 2016 comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater who is known for Before trilogy. Set in the 1980s, the film follows the lives of young college baseball players. The cast includes Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman, Wyatt Russell, Glen Powell, and Zoey Deutch among others. Here, Deutch plays Beverly, a performing arts student who loves Jenner’s character. Beverly is a very charismatic young woman who is also incredibly kind and smart, and it wasn’t long before she and Jake (Jenner) struck up a wonderful relationship.
Deutch is already familiar with the industry, having booked various roles in some TV shows and movies, plus the fact that she comes from an artistic family, her parents being Leah Thompson and Howard Deutsch. This film, however, can be considered his breakthrough performance that thrust his name into the limelight, and it wasn’t long before his years were booked and busy.
Stephanie in Why Him? (2016)
Written and directed by John Hamburgthis rom-com movie is about a father Ned (Bryan Cranston) who is trying to love her daughter Stephanie’s (Deutch) eccentric and wealthy boyfriend named Laird (James Franco). Ned tries to befriend Laird despite his wild personality but, in general father vs daughter’s boyfriend fashion, they get into many – and sometimes silly – arguments about whether Laird is actually a good fit for Stephanie.
Comedies are not new territory for Deutch, and Why him? further proves that the actress can pull off comedic chops if needed. Deutch has a natural charm that makes Stephanie a beloved character, despite the film receiving low ratings from critics.
Samantha in Before I Fall (2017)
Before I fall is a 2017 teen drama film based on Laura Olivier‘s 2010 novel of the same name. The adaptation follows Sam (Deutch) who, after leaving a party and returning home, apparently dies when the car they’re in crashes into something. Sam wakes up, but realizes it’s the same day as the accident, and after several times she finally comes to terms with being in a time loop. Now Sam must find a way to stop it and get back to normal before it all goes down.
This one is a heavy movie that tackles themes like suicide and bullying, and making those kinds of movies isn’t that easy because you have to make sure it’s clearly and well discussed. As the main character, Deutch is under automatic pressure to do his role justice, especially since this is an adaptation of a fairly well-known novel. However, his strong performance was well received in the end.
Harper in Set It Up (2018)
Deutch has starred in previous romantic comedies, but this one, in particular, has led many to consider her one of Hollywood’s newest and most promising actresses in the beloved genre. Implement is a 2018 Netflix rom-com film directed by Claire Scanlon which follows two assistants, Harper (Deutch) and Charlie (Powell) who are clearly overwhelmed by their respective bosses Kirsten Stevens (lucy liu) and Rick Otis (Taye Digg). Tired of having little to no time for their personal lives, Harper and Charlie hatch a plan to arrange a date with their bosses so they can take a break from work here and there. Along the way, Harper and Charlie spend time together and end up having feelings, although they flatly deny it.
Most romantic comedies follow the same pattern, and Implement is no different. However, the movie manages to be more than just a will hunt, as it successfully delivers heartfelt substance while still being funny. Moreover, its success is also due to the hilarious, undeniable and electric chemistry of Deutch and Powell.
Peg in Buffalo (2019)
Realized by Tanya Wexler, Buffalo is a comedy film that follows an ambitious hustler determined to leave her hometown and her poor financial situation. Deutch, who co-produced the film, plays Peg Dahl, a young woman desperate to earn money to get to a good college. Peg tried several tactics but was often caught and arrested by authorities. Eventually, she starts her own debt collection company, which resulted in a chaotic roller coaster between her and her former employer.
Despite poor box office results, Buffalo was positively received by critics, particularly noting how Deutch carries the film with its comedic timing and overall performance.
Madison in Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
Zombieland: double tap is the sequel to the hit 2009 zombie comedy that sees the main cast return together on the big screen, namely Jesse Eisenberg, woody harrelson, Emma Stoneand Abigail Breslin. For the sequel, they introduced a new cast of characters that gave a fresh take on the beloved comedy that includes some awesome names like Luke Wilson, Rosario Dawson, before Jogiaand Zoey Deutsch. Tap twice takes place ten years after the first film, and follows the iconic group who, after killing thousands zombies at this point, become smarter when it comes to survival. Resuming their journey, they meet a few new people like Madison, a “mute blonde” who later joins the party on their adventure.
Making a sequel a decade later for a much-loved movie can come with a lot of pressure, but this movie managed to live up to the expectations of many, saying that while it offered people new things, it still preserved the very heart of the original. There are also critics praising Deutch’s performance as Madison, who elevated the film as a whole with her wit and charm.
Infinity Jackson in The Politician (2019-2020)
Created by ryan murphy – who has led popular shows like Joy and american horror story—this American comedy-drama show on Netflix follows wealthy college student Payton (Ben Platt) who is running for president of his school. To gain more support from the students, he decides to appoint Infinity Jackson (Deutch) as his running mate, knowing it might garner sympathy votes given that Infinity is suffering from cancer. However, when Infinity and the whole school find out that she isn’t actually sick, everything Payton has planned turns sour.
Deutch plays Infinity, a hopeful college student who suffers from cancer. But things don’t go as they should when she realizes she’s never been sick and is actually just being manipulated by her grandmother Dusty. But after all the chaos, Infinity steps back as Payton’s running mate and instead becomes an environmental activist. The role seems difficult to play, but Deutch has once again impressed many people with this one.
Mable in The Outfit (2022)
Besides comedies, Deutch also tackles more serious films. For example, she recently starred in the crime drama The clothe alongside a star-studded cast that includes Marc Rylance, Simon Russell Beale, Johnny Flynn, Dylan O’Brienand Nikki Amuka Bird. The story follows Leonard Burling, an English tailor whose clients are mostly infamous gangsters.
Deutch plays Mable, the receptionist at Leo’s store and is also the girlfriend of Ritchie (O’Brien), who works for Irish mob boss Roy Boyle. Later, it is revealed that Mable is an FBI informant who wants to take down the infamous crime gang. The clothe mostly garnered good reviews due to the story and performances.
Danni in No Deal (2022)
Last on the list is Deutch’s most recent film Not good. Written and directed by Quinn Shepard, this satirical comedy-drama follows the chaotic life of a young woman desperate to get noticed online. This film was released in theaters on July 29 and has already received accolades for its sharp direction as well as Deutch’s incredible performance. Here, Deutch plays Danni Sanders, an aspiring writer. Having trouble making new friends, she lies about going to Paris with one of her colleagues, Colin (O’Brien). To make the lie believable, she edits a few photos of herself in Paris and posts them on her Instagram, earning her followers. Suddenly there is a bombing at the location where Danni is apparently just minutes before it happens. With people sympathizing with Danni, she has no choice but to follow the huge lie.
Deutch is undeniably magnetic in this film, although his character is understandably underappreciated. It’s hard to make an unlikable protagonist who will keep audiences watching, but Deutch has portrayed Danni incredibly well that even though the character isn’t a saint, his story is still interesting to follow. Deutch’s performance was sharp, witty and ironically comical, making her the perfect cast for the film.