Max Keeble's Girl
After making her Broadway debut at age 10 in the Peter Whelan play “The Herbal Bed,” Zena Grey made her film debut in Phillip Noyce's film adaptation of Jeffery Deaver's crime novel, "The Bone Collector" (1999), alongside Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. She has since appeared in such films as "Snow Day" (2000), "Summer Catch" (2001), and "Max Keeble's Big Move" (2001), in which she gained attention fro playing the title role's best friend and secret admirer.
Grey continues to add to her resume with roles in the films "Stateside" (2004), "In Good Company" (2004), and "The Shaggy Dog" (2006), in the latter of which she co-starred as Tim Allen's activist daughter Carly. The 5' 2" actress will next be seen in Wes Craven's upcoming horror/thriller film, "25/8," alongside Max Thieriot and Denzel Whitaker.
On the small screen, Grey has guest starred in the TV series "The Job," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "The Guardian," and "Law & Order."
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of famed visionary artist and author Alex Grey and artist and designer Allyson Grey, Zena Lotus Grey was born on November 15, 1988 in New York City. She was raised in the Jewish religion and her parents also belong to a Buddhist community.
Grey honed in on her craft at the Lee Strassberg Theatre Institute, Creative Theatrics, HB Studio School of Acting, Weist Barron School of Acting, and New York Conservatory for the Arts.
The Shaggy Dog
At the age of 7, Zena Grey began acting in an adult musical version of “The Ugly Duckling” at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York, in which she sang solo and acted, and later in “A Midsummer Night's Dream” for the New York Conservatory Repertory Theatre, in which she played Peaseblossom.
At age 10, she made her Broadway debut at the Eugene O'Neil Theatre in New York City, playing the granddaughter of William Shakespeare in the Peter Whelan play “The Herbal Bed,” directed by Michael Attenboro. In the following year, she sang solo and acted in the musical production “Radiant Baby” at the Public Theatre in New York City. She also has done public readings with John Turturro and Patti Duke.
Grey made her film debut with a small role as a granddaughter in Phillip Noyce's film adaptation of Jeffery Deaver's crime novel, "The Bone Collector" (1999), starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. She followed it up with the next year's film, "Snow Day" (2000), a family comedy movie directed by Chris Koch featuring Chevy Chase, Chris Elliott, Mark Webber, and Emmanuelle Chriqui.
In 2001, Grey was cast alongside Freddie Prinze Jr., Jessica Biel, and Matthew Lillard for Michael Tollin's romantic comedy movie, "Summer Catch." That same year, she played the female lead role in Tim Hill's Disney live-action movie starring Alex D. Linz as the title character, "Max Keeble's Big Move," playing the title role's best friend who secretly had a crush on him for a very long time.
Afterwards, Grey was spotted as a guest in an episode of ABC comedy "The Job," NBC police procedural drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," CBS drama "The Guardian," and NBC police procedural and legal drama series "Law & Order."
Grey returned to the big screen in 2004 in writer/director Reverge Anselmo's true story-based romantic drama "Stateside," which features Rachael Leigh Cook, Jonathan Tucker, Agnes Bruckner, Val Kilmer, Joe Mantegna, and Carrie Fisher. Also in that year, she supported Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, and Scarlett Johansson in writer/director Paul Weitz's comedy-drama film, "In Good Company."
In 2006, Grey co-starred as Tim Allen's activist daughter Carly, in Brian Robbins' remake of the 1959 film, "The Shaggy Dog." She is now filming her upcoming project, "25/8," a horror/thriller written and directed by Wes Craven about a dead serial killer returns from the grave to stalk seven children who were born on the day he was killed fifteen years ago. In the film, Grey will co-star with Max Thieriot and Denzel Whitaker.