Who plays Zaara in You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah? We discuss the 2023 Netflix movie. Minor spoilers ahead.
Adam Sandler is back with a new comedy, though this time, it’s a special one. Sandler plays a supporting role in a new teen comedy that stars his real-life daughter, Sunny Sandler, as 13-year-old Stacy Friedman; this is You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah on Netflix.
After years of dreaming about their ideal bat mitzvah, Stacy and her best friend Lydia Rodriguez Katz (Samantha Lorraine) have a big fallout over a boy at school.
Indeed, Stacy does not take it easy when she catches Lydia making out with her longtime crush, Andy Goldfarb (Dylan Hoffman), and she so not invites her to her bat mitzvah.
The Sandler family is all over this movie, from Sunny playing the protagonist, to her real-life older sister, Sadie, playing Stacy’s older sister Ronnie.
Adam Sandler also plays the father in the film. Ronnie has a best friend named Zaara, who might as well be a part of the family since she is always hanging out at the Friedmans’ house.
Who is Zaara in You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah, and why is she important?
Zaara is Ronnie’s best friend, and Ronnie is Stacy’s older sister. The two of them are inseparable and are willing to always voice their opinions, no matter if anyone asks for them. She is a key player in making the world of Stacy feel more real and populated, even if she mostly orbits around Stacy’s sister, Ronnie.
However, one of the key themes of the film is that of family, be it blood-related or found family, and Zaara is a key component of the latter. She is also an important part of Stacy’s relationship with her sister, even if that isn’t as integral to the story of the film as Stacy’s relationship with her parents.
Who plays Zaara in You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah on Netflix?
The character of Zaara on You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah on Netflix is played by Zaara Kuttemperoor, a 17-year-old actress from the US who is making her acting debut with the film. The film implemented several changes from the book of the same name by Fiona Rosenbloom, including the creation of Zaara, whose name was probably given by the actress herself.
Zaara Kuttemperoor joined a very challenging cast, as it was filled up by the entire Sandler family — Adam Sandler plays the father of two girls, who are also his real-life daughters. Since the character of Zaara is pretty much another sister to them, she had to go along with their off-screen dynamics.
However, the actress was not alone, as Idina Menzel plays Bree, Sandler’s on-screen wife, who is also not Sandler’s real-life partner. That would be Jackie Sandler, who plays Lydia’s mom.
What else is Zaara Kuttemperoor known for?
With You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah on Netflix, Zaara Kuttemperoor is making her acting debut, meaning she has not appeared in any other film or TV series before.
She has also no other upcoming project announced, though after the film becomes a big hit on the platform and she becomes more recognizable, it’s possible Netflix will enlist her for other projects or even other studios too.