We all wish we were the Jessa of our friend group, but somehow must learn to deal with the fact that we will always be the Shoshanna. And while Shoshanna might accidentally smoke crack and take off into the night like a started, jeggings-clad fawn, she almost certainly would never pose topless while pregnant. Or talk about her coke-filled past. At least not as readily as Girls‘ Jemima Kirke does. “I do remember that, and that you seemed somewhat impressionable at the time. So I thought, ‘I could probably get this girl to do drugs with me,’” Jemima recalls about the one special night she spent with Vice interviewer Annette Lamothe-Ramos in a bar bathroom as a teen. About her formerly wild life, the married mother of one admits,”I think that way of life stopped working for me really quickly. Some people know how to balance things, at least enough to be able to continue messing around, but I didn’t. I was very all-or-nothing about it, and you burn out really quickly if you keep going that way. It really f—ed me.” Wow, Lena Dunham must just write down everything Jemima says directly into a Final Draft file, right? Right.
If you’re already a Girls fan, you’ll undoubtedly love how Jemima brushes off fame with the same casualness with which she poses for her legit NSFW topless photos. “Acting is secondary—I don’t feel like it’s going to stick around because it’s not something I want to do forever,” Kirke says of her TV stardom. “My art has always been my top priority and I have far more experience in that field than I do in film. It’s hard to explain without sounding like a dick. I’m not that person. I’m really grateful for such enjoyable work, I just don’t feel as though I have any clout as an actor. I haven’t earned it, and I don’t intend to.” Have you guys ever come across someone so cool, it fills you with a paralyzing nerd rage? Yeah…us too.
[Photo: Richard Kern/ Vice]