Zoe Lister-Jones

Zoe Lister-Jones (born September 1, 1982)[1] is an American actress, producer, director and writer who co-starred in the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces. She is also known for her work on the television shows Delocated, Whitney, and New Girl.

Zoe Lister-Jones
Lister-Jones in 2017
Born (1982-09-01) September 1, 1982
Alma materNew York University
OccupationActress, producer, director, writer
Years active2004–present
Known forDelocated
Friends with Better Lives
New Girl
Life in Pieces
Daryl Wein (m. 2013)
Parent(s)Ardele Lister
Bill Jones

Early life and education

Lister-Jones was born in Brooklyn, New York City. Her mother is the New York-based, Canadian-born video artist Ardele Lister, and her father is the American photographer and media artist Bill Jones.[2] Her mother was born to a Jewish family, whereas her father converted to Judaism.[3][4] In 2000 she graduated from Edward R Murrow High School in Brooklyn.[5] She graduated with honors from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.[6] Lister-Jones performed with a rock band.[7][8] Her mother was president of a local Conservative egalitarian synagogue that the family attended every Saturday, and she also kept a kosher home.[9]


Her debut solo CD was entitled Skip the Kiss.[10] Kyle Forester, who composed the score for Breaking Upwards, arranged the music for Skip the Kiss. She is a member of The Ladybug Transistor.

Lister-Jones' New York City theater credits include Seminar, The Little Dog Laughed and The New Group's The Accomplices. Her screen credits include the political thriller State of Play, Salt, The Other Guys, The Marconi Bros., Day Zero, as well as quirky independent films such as Armless, Arranged, and Palladio. On television she has appeared in Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, on HBO's Bored to Death, as Kim on Adult Swim's Delocated, as Lily in the cast of the NBC sitcom Whitney, as Kate in Friends with Better Lives, as Councilwoman Fawn Moscato in New Girl, as Jen in Life in Pieces and as Carolyn Hart in the HBO film Confirmation.

In 2004, Lister-Jones wrote and performed the one-woman, ten-character show Co-dependence is a Four Letter Word at New York City's Performance Space 122 (P.S.122).[11]

In 2009, Lister-Jones co-starred, co-produced (with Daryl Wein), and co-wrote (with Peter Duchan and Daryl Wein) the independent feature Breaking Upwards,[12] which explores a young New York couple who, battling codependency, strategize their own break up.[13] The film was shot in New York on a budget of $15,000, and was featured in New York Times article as an example of sweat equity in the independent-film industry.[14] Lister-Jones also wrote the lyrics and performed many of the tracks of the original motion picture sound track. Breaking Upwards premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March, 2009.[15]

Lister-Jones starred with Sam Rosen in Brady Kiernan's romantic drama Stuck Between Stations (2011) alongside Josh Hartnett and Michael Imperioli. Stuck Between Stations premiered as an official selection of the Viewpoints section at the SVA Theater at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, New York, U.S.A.[16]

Lister-Jones starred in the independent feature film Lola Versus (2012), her second project co-written with director Daryl Wein.[17][18] Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Lola Versus opened in theaters Summer 2012.[19] It stars Greta Gerwig, Zoe Lister-Jones, Bill Pullman, Hamish Linklater, Debra Winger, Joel Kinnaman and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Lola Versus premiered at New York's Tribeca Film Festival in April 2012.[20]

Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein co-wrote Consumed (2015),[21] their third feature-length collaboration directed by Wein. The political thriller, which focuses on the world of genetically modified organisms, began filming in May 2014 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois with Shatterglass Studios. It stars Lister-Jones, Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire), Victor Garber (Argo), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), Griffin Dunne (Dallas Buyers Club), Anthony Edwards (ER) and Beth Grant (No Country for Old Men).[22] Consumed premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 15, 2015.[23]

In 2017, Lister-Jones made her directorial debut with her indie film Band Aid,[24] starring Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Hannah Simone, Colin Hanks, Brooklyn Decker, Majandra Delfino, Jesse Williams, Susie Essman, Ravi Patel, Jamie Chung, Chris D’Elia, Retta, and Jerry O’Connell. The film features lyrics for original songs written by Lister-Jones and composed by Kyle Forester (Breaking Upwards). In 2019, she was hired by Columbia and Blumhouse to write and direct the sequel of the 1996 film The Craft.[25]

Personal life

In 2013, Zoe married her acting, writing and production partner Daryl Wein.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Zoe's Car Zoe Video short
2004 Nausea II Annie Ball
2005 Anna on the Neck Alessandra Short film
2006 New Boobs Patricia Coleo Short film
2007 Arranged Rochel Meshenberg
2007 The Last 15 Stephanie Kirkland Short film
2007 Day Zero Jessica Hendricks
2007 Turn the River Kat
2007 Five Difficult Situations C Short film
2008 The Marconi Bros. Lauren
2008 Explicit Ills Jen
2008 Goyband Hani
2009 Breaking Upwards Zoe
2009 State of Play Jessy
2010 Armless Jenny
2010 Shadows & Lies Rebecca
2010 Salt CIA Security Hub Tech
2010 The Other Guys Therapist
2010 All Good Things Press Conference Reporter
2011 Stuck Between Stations Rebecca
2012 Lola Versus Alice
2014 Let's Get Digital Sophie Short film
2015 Consumed Sophie Kessler
2016 Confirmation Carolyn Hart Television film
2017 Band Aid Anna Also writer, director, and producer
2020 The Craft Post-production; Writer, director


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Trisha Ford Episode: "Pattern of Conduct"
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Maya Sampson Episode: "Diamond Dogs"
2006 Kidnapped E.J. Episode: "Sorry, Wrong Number"
2006 Law & Order Hannah Welch Episode: "Public Service Homicide"
2006 The Class Jeanie Callucci Episode: "The Class Goes to a Bar"
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Faith Episode: "Unorthodox"
2009 Washingtonienne Chiara Episode: "Pilot"
2009 State of Romance Alice Episode: "Pilot"
2009 Bored to Death Michelle Episode: "The Case of the Stolen Skateboard"
2009–2010 Delocated Kim Recurring role (15 episodes)
2010 The Good Wife Charlotte Armitage Episode: "Bad"
2011–2013 Whitney Lily Dixon Main role, 2 seasons
2014 Friends with Better Lives Kate Main role
2015 New Girl Fawn Moscato Recurring role (5 episodes)
2015–2019 Life in Pieces Jen Short Main role



Year Title Role Venue Notes
2006 The Little Dog Laughed Ellen Cort Theatre
2012 Seminar Kate John Golden Theatre

Off Broadway

Year Title Role Venue Notes
2007 The Accomplices Betty The New Group
2008 The Marriage of Bette and Boo Joan Roundabout Theater Company

One-woman shows

Year Title Role Venue Notes
2004 Codependence Is a Four-Letter Word Ten characters P.S. 122


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  5. Edward R. Murrow High School
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  19. When and where to see LOLA VERSUS this summer Archived June 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
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  21. "CONSUMED, the Movie".
  22. Borys Kit. "Zoe Lister-Jones to Star in Political Thriller 'Food' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
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  25. D'Alessandro, Anthony (26 March 2019). "Columbia Pictures & Blumhouse Officially Tap Zoe Lister-Jones To Direct & Write 'The Craft' Reboot". Deadline. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
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