Actress Zazie Beetz Talks About Her New Film Joker

“What are you wearing?” I ask Zazie Beetz, promising her my intentions are innocent after the somewhat awkward question leaves my mouth. I should preface by saying this isn’t a typical cover story interview. Beetz and I are not at her favorite local coffee shop or traipsing a buzzy new exhibit together. Instead, she is dialing in from her Toronto hotel, and I’m sitting in a phone room at the Who What Wear headquarters in West Hollywood, so some context is needed. She laughs and gives me the unglamorous truth: “Well, I am, in fact, in bed, so what I’m wearing right now actually is matching thermal long underwear. They are army green, and I got them in Germany from a surplus store.”

The long-distance phone call is a result of Beetz’s relentless work and travel schedule. After wrapping production on the fantasy drama Nine Days in late August, Beetz headed straight to the Venice Film Festival to promote projects Seberg and Joker. Then she was on to the Toronto Film Festival for Seberg (again) and the Natalie Portman–led astronaut drama Lucy in the Sky, kicking off what is sure to be a lengthy award season run. Her choice of arresting looks by Rodarte, Miu Miu, and Valentino for the events foreshadows an exciting red carpet run as well. But for now, during a rare 45-minute break between juggling junkets, red carpet appearances, and parties, Beetz’s choice in comfortable sleepwear is a fitting one.