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Roberto Cavalli coat, $10,210. GRAZIELA GEMS studded ring, $750, Wave Band, $120, and EF COLLECTION Zig Zag ring, $625 (left). Lister-Jones’ own diamond rings (right). JIMMY CHOO pumps, $595.

Photo Finish: Zoe Lister-Jones

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Actor, Director, Producer

“An actress who gave a guest class at NYU said, ‘Don’t go to L.A. without a job,’ and I took that seriously,” says Zoe Lister-Jones. “As an impressionable 18-year-old, it really stuck with me.” A Brooklyn native, Lister-Jones, 34, got her start off-Broadway and in guest roles on all four Law and Order series (“a real rite of passage for an actor in New York,” she says). But when Lister-Jones was offered a role as co-star in the NBC sitcom Whitney in 2011, she jumped at the chance to move west. Though Whitney lasted only two seasons, it paved the way for other jobs, from a recurring role on Fox’s New Girl to a starring role on the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces, entering its second season October 27. “As an artist you should always be confronting the things that scare you,” says Lister-Jones, who has collaborated with her director husband, Daryl Wien, on indie flicks Breaking Upwards (2009) and Lola Versus (2012). This summer, Lister-Jones took that challenge, making her directorial debut with the upcoming dramedy Band Aid, a story about a couple working to save their marriage, which she also wrote and stars in alongside Fred Armisen and Adam Pally. Just as impressive as the cast in front of the camera is the one behind it—an all-female production crew assembled by Lister-Jones. “There’s a very distinct energy when a group of women make something together,” she says. “It’s a rare opportunity.” 

Written by Lesley McKenzie.
Photography by
  J.R. Mankoff.
Styling: Alison Edmond.