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While acting is Kazan’s first love, she’s pretty sure she
would go insane without writing.
“If I’m a jigsaw puzzle,” she muses, “all the puzzle pieces
fit when I’m acting. When I’m writing, I have to rearrange. Like I have to take
all the blue pieces and put them over there because there’s no place for them.”
Kazan, whose grandfather is the legendary director Elia
Kazan, grew up with two screenwriters -- her parents are Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and
Nicholas Kazan (Matilda) -- who made
their own schedules yet worked constantly. “My mother is a writer and I was
always aware that her work meant more to her than just work,” she says.
Because of this, Kazan was instilled with a strong work
ethic. Following Ruby Sparks, she’s
written three screenplays and one play, which was produced by South Coast Rep,
and is tapping away at another now in her ever-scarce downtime.