Who is Zena Grey?
An editor, visual effects artist, and an actress with over 20 credits to her name, Zena Lotus Grey was born under the zodiac sign of Scorpio on 15 November 1988, in Brooklyn, New York City USA; she holds American nationality and her ethnicity is of mixed English, Irish, Scottish, German and Ashkenazi-Jewish descent. Zena is perhaps known best for her roles in the movies “Snow Day”, “The Shaggy Dog”, and “In Good Company”.
Early life, family, and education
Zena was raised in Brooklyn by her parents as their only child; her father is Alex Grey, a writer, visionary, psychedelic artist and a producer, and her mother is Allyson Grey, also a producer and artist – the two are best known for their 2006 documentary movie “CoSM the Movie: Alex Grey & the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors”.
Being raised in a family of artists, it isn’t surprising that from an early age Zena had an interest in art, performing and acting. Her mother said in her interview for Free Magazine: ‘When Zena was eight months old, she participated in her first performance with us.
In a one-day performance-installation in front of Lincoln Center entitled, “Goddess,” we created the shape of the Venus of Willendorf on the ground with 5,500 apples. Zena nursed in my lap while Alex offered one hundred prostrations at the foot of the Goddess.’
Allyson also said that when Zena was seven years old, she was cast in an off-Broadway musical, and by the time she was nine, she was acting in a Broadway play.
Her mother comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, and Zena follows her religion; in one of her interviews, Zena said: ‘, I’m not incredibly spiritual or anything. But, I do pray and stuff like that. We pray at every meal that we have together, which is mainly just dinner. And I usually pray before I go to bed.’
She spoke about her relationship with her parents, saying that their house was always full of love and support, and since her parents are very open-minded, they have celebrated Jewish, Christian, and Pagans holidays, and occasionally went to Buddhist retreats.
Zena attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 2006, it’s assumed that she continued her education at one of the US universities, although she hasn’t confirmed this.
Roles in movies
Zena launched her acting career making her debut in 2000 at the age of 11, portraying Granddaughter in “The Bone Collector”, alongside Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, and Queen Latifah.
In the following year, she was cast to play Natalie Brandston in the adventure family comedy “Snow Day”, followed by her role as Katie Parrish in “Summer Catch”, starring Jessica Biel, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Fred Ward.
In the same year, she was seen as Megan in “Max Keeble’s Big Move”, and then three years later, Zena portrayed Gina Deloach in “Stateside”, a musical romantic drama written and directed by Reverge Anselmo.
Zena was next cast to play Jana in the romantic comedy drama “In Good Company”, starring Scarlett Johansson, Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace, followed by her role as Carly Douglas in Disney’s family comedy adventure “The Shaggy Dog” in 2006.
In 2010, Zena appeared as Penelope in “My Soul to Take”, a horror written and directed by Wes Craven, followed by her roles in several short movies, before she portrayed Naomi in “Redwood Highway”,in 2013, and was then seen as Pixie Girl in “Me Him Her” in 2015, which was her most recent big-screen role.
In the following years, Zena starred in short movies such as “From Hell, She Rises” and “The Blazing World”.
Roles in series
Zena made her first appearance in 2002, portraying Kimberly in the series “The Job”, followed by her roles in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “The Guardian”, and “Law & Order” in 2003.
It seems that she focused on her movie roles, since she waited for seven years to portray Ruby in “House”, a mystery drama starring Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps and Robert Sean Leonard, which had 140 award nominations and won 57, including five Primetime Emmys.
In 2016, Zena had a guest role as Gina McLane in an episode of the series “Scream: The TV Series”, which was her most recent television appearance.
Love life and relationships
There were various rumors concerning both Zena’s love life and her sexual orientation, however, she hasn’t spoken about her relationships, since she prefers to keep her private life away from the limelight.
She has an Instagram account which is private, thus according to sources, as of March 2022, it’s assumed that she’s single, hasn’t been married or engaged and doesn’t have children.
As mentioned, Zena is an editor, and she has five credits to her name – she worked on the retro comedy “VHYes” in 2019, and on the documentary movie “Brooklyn, Alaska”, about the group of Brooklyn teenagers who leave the city for the first time, and travel to Alaska, while they encounter emotional and physical challenges; the movie is currently in post-production, however, the release date isn’t yet revealed.
Zena also worked on two episodes of the series “Computer Show” in 2015, and in 2020 on six episodes of the series “Nikki Fre$h”, and eight episodes of “Gayme Show”.
Zena worked as an animator on the 2021 documentary “Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror”, which won the Fantasia Film Festival Audience Award Best Documentary, and Nashville Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Best Graveyard Shift Feature.
Age, height, and net worth
According to her father, this 33 year old actress is ‘full of joy, beauty, creativity, and love’, and he said that when his wife was pregnant with her, he started painting “Pregnancy”, an infant child with red hair, although neither he nor Allyson had red hair, and somehow Zena was born with prodigious red hair.
People assume that Zena dyes her hair, however, she is naturally red-haired with piercing blue eyes, weighs around 110lbs (50kgs) and is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) tall with vital statistics of 35-24-34.
As of March 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $250,000.