Observing images of the perfect life from a distance can make one wonder, why didn’t I figure this life out much better a very long time ago.

Now we all know that perfect lives are mostly an illusion, but still, in all fairness, some lives are far closer to perfection than others.

Whose lives seem closer to perfection than the rest of us?

Okay, we’ll take that look as a “speak for yourself” expression.

So we will.

Actresses that we have fallen in love with or beautiful women who are famous for being famous can count as well since they spring forth fantasies of a perfect life in motion.

Then we watch their reality television series and think “oops”, not so fast.

In researching the life of Zoey Deutch from a distance, there really doesn’t seem to be an oops factor. She truly does seem to have an exceptional life.

In her interviews she says all of the right things, meets with the right people and creates the right optics, but still, having said all of that, something actually does seem different and special about her.

She seems so grounded, mature at a very young age and sorry for the cliché, “real”.

Zoey Deutch is an American actress known for portraying Rosemarie “Rose” Hathaway in Vampire Academy (2014), Beverly in the Richard Linklater film Everybody Wants Some!! (2016), Stephanie Fleming in Why Him? (2016), Samantha Kingston in Before I Fall (2017), and Erica Vandross in Flower (2017).

Her other film roles include Beautiful Creatures (2013), Good Kids (2016), and Dirty Grandpa (2016). She was also featured in the official music video for “Perfect” (2017) by Ed Sheeran. Her upcoming films include Richard Says Goodbye (2018), Set It Up (2018), and The Year of Spectacular Men (2018).

As of this writing she is at the wonderful tender age of 23.

We can understand her public polish and shine since she is Hollywood Royalty born in Los Angeles, California, to actress and director Lea Thompson and director Howard Deutch.

Her sister, Madelyn Deutch, is also an actress. Her paternal grandfather, Murray Deutch, was a music industry executive, and her maternal grandmother, Babah Hanson (Barbara Barry Thompson), was an artist and musician. Actor Robert Walden is her paternal great-uncle.

Whew, you can have too many cooks in the kitchen but never enough artists.  

We remember her elegant mom Leah Thompson so well when she was just a youngster herself especially in the Back To The Future film franchises and with Tom Cruise in the 1983 teen angst classic All The Right Moves.

Now its Zoey’s turn to make movie magic and she’s doing it with style, beauty and elegance as she takes us all on a magical celluloid carpet ride.

Possessing a resume packed with impressive films, it can be hard to pick our favorite but because of the concepts and lessons learned in Before I Fall, that story tends to be one of ours.

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Before I Fall is a 2017 American teen drama film directed by Ry Russo-Young and written by Maria Maggenti, based on the 2010 novel of same name by Lauren Oliver. The film stars Zoey,  Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Jennifer Beals, Diego Boneta and Elena Kampouris.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017, and was theatrically released on March 3, 2017, by Open Road Films. The film grossed $16 million worldwide against its $5 million budget.

According to IndieWire, it was one of the highest grossing independent films of 2017.

Here’s the story.

Samantha Kingston wakes on February 12, known as Cupid’s Day. She is picked up by her friends, Lindsay, Ally and Elody, who joke with her about losing her virginity to her boyfriend Rob that night.

During lunch the girls make fun of Juliet, an outsider girl that they view as a “psycho”. At an evening party, Juliet shows up, seemingly uninvited. Lindsay confronts her and the two fight, with Juliet leaving in tears. As they are driving back from the party, the car hits something and crashes, apparently killing Samantha and her friends.

Samantha wakes in her room on Cupid’s Day again. Thinking the previous day was just a nightmare, she continues on with her day but finds that the same events occur, and they again crash after leaving the party.

Realizing she is in a time-loop, she convinces the group to have a sleepover instead of going to the party, trying to avoid the crash.

Here is a review by Susan Wloszczyna at rogerebert.com, “Envision a film that combines the perpetual do-over premise of “Groundhog Day” with the smug high-school alpha femmes of “Mean Girls.” Then imagine if it had about 85 percent fewer laughs than either comedy but 100 percent more scenes that will likely engage your tear ducts.”

Envision. Imagine.  

Can we ever stop learning lessons about the importance of being kind to one another?

In real life Zoey seems to have embraced that important ideology.

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She has worked for more than a decade with Corazón de Vida, which supports orphanages in Baja, Mexico.

The active team at corazondevida.org educates us. “The issue of child abuse, neglect and abandonment is a worldwide issue.  According to the UN over 150 million children are abandoned and living on the streets worldwide.

In Northern Baja’s area of Mexico alone, over 6,000 children live on the streets or under dangerous/abusive situations, and thousands more live in extreme poverty.  Mexico currently does not have the social programs that we have in the U.S., no foster care programs, no welfare system, so the only way to care and support children in need is through a network of private orphanages, funded entirely through individual and corporate donations.”

With the help of luminaries like Zoey, here is what they are doing to help combat the problem. “Corazon de Vida (CDV) is a 20+ year US 501c3 non-profit organization providing life-changing support for orphaned and abandoned children in Baja, Mexico by funding local orphanages, providing quality of life improvement services and investing in the children’s future by funding higher education.

Through our life-sustaining program we provide monthly funding for the orphanages under our care. These orphanages give abandoned children security, nutrition, shelter and access to a reliable education. We also fund scholarships for teens aging out of the orphanage system to continue their education. We provide consistent, monthly support to 10+ orphanages, housing over 700 children. Our university program currently has 45+ past orphanage residents in college or technical school, and serving as role models to their younger ‘siblings’.”

That is very impressive and so well needed.

In terms of helping others, Zoey continues to excel.

Water experts state that today, 1 in 9 people lack access to safe water; 1 in 3 people lack access to a toilet. More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.

Zoey works with Water.org for their Give.Water.org campaign. Who are they and what do they do?

At their website they inform, “Millions of people around the world could get access to safe water in their homes with the help of small, affordable loans.

That’s where Water.org comes in. We are here to bring safe water and sanitation to the world through access to small, affordable loans. There is both a need and demand for these loans, because when people have access to safe water, they get time back to go to school, earn an income and take care of their family. It changes their world.”

Zoey also supports Planned Parenthood and was part of its rally with pro-choice advocates and leaders celebrating the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade at Sacramento, California.

She has performed for the benefit of Alzheimer’s Association and “What a pair!” Org with her mother Lea Thompson and her sister Madelyn Deutch.

She participated in the Women’s March in 2017 and 2018. She is also a part of the Embrace Ambition campaign of the Tory Burch Foundation.

She was one of the celebrity ambassadors for 7th annual “Shop for Success” charity designer shopping event that supports the efforts of Dress For Success (organization). She has also shown her support towards anti-sexual harassment movement Time’s Up.

Very good. When you are gorgeous perfection in motion there is always more to do, especially when you are young, hot and in demand.

Our elegant luminary has been the cover girl to Justine magazine’s February 2013 issue, Miabella magazine’s April 2013 issue, Afterglow magazine’s December 2013 issue, Bello magazine’s March 2014 edition, Flaunt magazine’s June 2015 issue, the February 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan U.S, spring 2016 edition of Rogue magazine.

She appeared on the cover of September 2016 issue of Harper by Harper’s Bazaar and performed as a guest editor.

Though employed in a media driven industry, she doesn’t seem to be predictable and constrained by it. She was once quoted as musing, “I just want to keep working. I’m lucky to be working. I’m kind of exhausted by the constant need to brand yourself-that’s a very prevalent way of living as an actor nowadays. I don’t want to be pigeonholed, I don’t want people to look at me and see one thing. I don’t want to be a thing. I want to be a human.”

Makes good sense.

In a world where so many seem to be in despair or trying to find their way, it is refreshing to be inspired by someone who is young, beautiful and part of a great supportive team who appears to be closer to what most of us strive for.

Yes observing images of the perfect life from a distance can make one wonder, why didn’t I figure this life out much better and sooner?

Our suggestion?

Keep watching the brilliant career of Zoey Deutch.

You just might get some exceptional pointers.

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