Jemima Kirke, What's Underneath
Letting Go of Girls and Getting Out of Her Own Way

Best known as Jessa on HBO’s Girls, artist Jemima Kirke is often ascribed the same carefree spirit as the character she portrays on the show. Plainly put, that is not true. Outspoken and unflinchingly self-aware, Jemima explains in her interview, “One of the reasons I was hired for Girls was because of a persona that I have, and some sort of brightness they wanted in the show. It wasn’t an ability I had. That made me both feel shitty about myself, and gave me a big ego.”

Watch how stumbling onto the hit TV show forced Jemima to work through her self-importance by finding fulfillment in commitment (on Girls, in motherhood and in her own art) as she looks to life beyond Jessa.

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The What's Underneath Project is produced by Elisa, Lily, and Mona
Jemima's video was filmed by Andrea Cruz and edited by Kirsten Johnson

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  • Anna Deer

    amazing human being!

  • Miranda Pountney

    It is insanely inspiring when someone can be this open and honest and authentic. She evidently gives herself a hard time about a lot of stuff - all of it relatable to any creative soul - but I hope she knows what an incredible achievement it is to be able to radiate humanity the way she does here. That, in itself, is as affecting as any piece of great art.

    This series is brilliant by the way, thank you.

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