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