“When you are lucky enough to choose the roles you will be playing, you have responsibilities. You have to be fair in your choices, and towards yourself.”
Student at the National Academy of Dramatic Arts from 2011 to 2014, Zita Hanrot made several on-screen appearances during this time, most notably in Romain Levy’s Radiostars and Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden. She was then scouted by Philippe Faucon, who cast her in the lead role of Nesrine in Fatima, for which she won the César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2016. She starred then in three films: Jérémie and Yannick Renier’s thriller Carnivores, Patricia Mazuy’s dramatic comedy Paul Sanchez Is Back!, and above all, Marie Garel-Weiss’ feature debut The Party’s Over, in a widely-heralded performance. In 2019, she starred in David Roux’s Breath of Life, and lent her voice to Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec’s animated feature The Swallows of Kabul, screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section. She also presented her first short film as a director, Mama Fish, in the Adami Cannes Talents collection. That same year, she played the lead role in Grand Corps Malade and Mehdi Idir’s new film School Life. Since 2018, she has played the role of Elsa on the hit Netflix series The Hookup Plan. She will soon appear in Farid Bentoumi’s Red Soil, presented this year at Deauville.