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High 5: Jemima Kirke

The artist and actor’s favorite things are as unpredictable and wonderful as she is.

Photo illustration by Marjainez, using a photo by Kristina Loggia.

Collage by Marjainez, using a photo by Kristina Loggia.

Jemima Kirke’s performance on Girls (she plays Jessa) is so constantly funny, heartbreaking, precise, and surprising that it’s a bit alarming to learn that acting is not even her main deal. Her first love is painting—you can see some of her work here, and watch a rad video she did about sexism in the art world here.

We weren’t the least bit surprised that her High 5 list turned out to be wide-ranging, super specific, and full of surprises, too.


Zrzut ekranu 2014-02-3 o 02.25.561. Children’s T-shirts and antiques from the 1940s–1970s. I don’t know what it is about them, but I’m obsessed with all things antique-child-related. Clothes, bedding, furniture, toys—all of it. But the T-shirts are particularly exciting to me, because the image on a T-shirt tells you a lot about what people were thinking about when it was made. Through its holes and general wear and tear, an old T-shirt also tells you about the kid who wore it. And what kid doesn’t want to wear a T-shirt? All children love wearing them because not only are they supremely comfortable, they are also an easy and instant vehicle for self-expression, emblazoned as they are with favorite sports teams, cartoons, cities, amusement parks, animals, etc. T-shirts from the ’80s and ’90s are not loaded with enough nostalgia for my taste.

Zrzut ekranu 2014-02-3 o 02.27.422. The World of Interiors. One of the most enjoyable magazines out there. Some people mistake it for simply a decorators’ journal, but it’s so much more than that. Its mission is to take you inside living spaces/homes/buildings and to report on the creation of those spaces, their ambience, the people who made them, and the people who inhabit them. For example: a girls’ school outside London, a monastery in Italy, an old couple’s house in the hills of Cyprus, a 400-year-old stable in Spain, etc. The articles detailing the histories of different structures are the ones I like best. Each issue also has an piece on an overlooked artist from history or an underappreciated body of work by a famous artist, as well as amazing stories about nonfamous people throughout history (folk artists, housewives, teachers, etc.) with a particular craft. I save every issue and reread them constantly.

Zrzut ekranu 2014-02-3 o 02.26.313. Recycling. I started getting diligent about recycling after I had my first child and became hyper-aware of the amount of diapers I was throwing out and the amount of stuff I was accumulating (when you’re a mom, your world is just overrun with STUFF). I also started to think bigger than just my little life and world. I thought about the state of our earth in 50 to 100 years, and that scared me. The phrase “live gently” suddenly made so much sense to me. Do your part. Keep your side of the street clean and leave this world as close to how it was when you came in as you possibly can. Today, I am religious about recycling: composting, cloth diapers (I now use compostable diapers from Diaperkind), not using plastic bags, refusing plastic utensils and napkins when I order take out. I also take short showers and use electricity only when I need it. It’s hard and I’m not perfect at it, but I rest assured that I do the most I can.

Zrzut ekranu 2014-02-3 o 02.26.304. Shark Tank (Fridays, 9 PM, ABC). This show rules! Aspiring businessmen and inventors appear before a panel of business moguls (the sharks) and present their ideas in the hopes of talking their way to an investment or a partnership. The inventions are sometimes hilariously clueless, and I love hearing how the inventors came up with their ideas. Other times, the ideas are really genius, and those are exciting, but you soon learn that selling a good idea is more complex than just throwing money at it. The “sharks” look at all the numbers, the potential sales, the business models. I’m not business-minded, so it’s a fun way to learn. It’s also fun to watch people who live and breathe MONEY. All the investors are super smart and intimidating, and I love when they bring their dick-head attitudes to the fore and totally tear someone a new asshole. Here’s my rundown on the “sharks”: Mark Cuban is sexy, Mr. Wonderful is the biggest asshole on the planet and I love him, Barbara Corcoran manages to be a nice lady while also being critical and discerning (in short, she’s a badass bitch), Daymond John is cool as fuck and has a big heart, and it seems that Robert Herjavec doesn’t really want to strike a deal with anyone.

fixedbonnard5. Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947). I wish I had the balls to play with color the way Pierre Bonnard did, or at least the insight to see those colors in daily life. The shortness and the busy-ness of his brushstrokes in some of his later paintings makes the image fall apart into a party of wild colors. Then you step back and the image comes back together. Not like pointillism—Bonnard’s technique is, to me, much more accurate and honest. But what fascinates me the most are his angles. Weird and voyeuristic, they feel very first-person. Like you just walked into the room, and this is what you found. To me, Bonnard is like existentialism without the angst. Looking at his paintings, you feel the beauty he sees and the respect he has for even—especially—the most mundane things. ♦

30 Comments

  • alienbabe February 3rd, 2014 7:24 PM

    Jemima Kirke as Jessa & Gaby Hoffman as Adams sister are my favorite characters on Girls, and this made me really happy seeing Jemima. She’s so beautiful!

  • ruby February 3rd, 2014 7:28 PM

    Since the first episode of Girls I have been completely in love with Jemima Kirke

  • Kourtney February 3rd, 2014 8:32 PM

    I love Jemima!!! <3

  • carolynmin February 3rd, 2014 10:25 PM

    Yes!! I adore Jemima, she’s such a unique individual, and it shows her portrayal of Jessa. Also her paintings on her website are pretty amazing, especially the watercolours.

  • honorarygilmoregal February 3rd, 2014 11:11 PM

    Jemima Kirke is great, both as Jessa on Girls and as an artist, so I pretty much loved this piece.

  • Pearl February 3rd, 2014 11:36 PM

    I literally squealed when I saw Jemima on the home page of Rookie. Jessa is probably my favourite character on Girls.
    P for Pearl

  • taratwinkle February 4th, 2014 12:34 AM

    I LOVE this lipstick. Does anyone know what it is??

  • constance February 4th, 2014 2:54 AM

    “Cypress” should be “Cyprus” :) love the article!

  • Joyce February 4th, 2014 5:55 AM

    Jessa is hands down my favorite Girls character. I love her style!

  • xoxololita February 4th, 2014 7:19 AM

    many more reasons to love her
    <3

    xxBianca
    http://www.xoxololita.com

  • sissiLOL February 4th, 2014 8:27 AM

    I`m so in love with “High Five”!
    Ist hier jemand aus Deutschland und möchte Kontakt mit einer anderen deutschen Rookiemag Leserin?! BITTE!!! Wenn ja, “repley” dieses Kommentar doch und hinterlasse irgedeine Blog etc. Ich habe nämlich keine, die ich hinterlassen könnte. :-( Ich wäre SOOO FROH KONTAKT ZUR EINER DEUTSCHEN ROOKIEMAG LESERIN ZU BEKOMMEN!!!

  • junglejulia February 4th, 2014 11:23 AM

    She’s so pretty ahhh

  • Flyer February 4th, 2014 12:15 PM

    Wait, she has a BABY? I still need to learn everything about the world. About interiors, too.

  • unefillecommetoi February 4th, 2014 12:45 PM

    how does the creation of this article work? did jemima just e-mail you guys her favorite things or was there an interview? (sorry for staking)

    • Anaheed February 4th, 2014 12:51 PM

      She wrote it and sent it to us.

  • Yayo February 4th, 2014 3:16 PM

    I LITERALLY GASPED WHEN I SAW HER PICTURE OH MY GOSH I’M SO IN LOVE WITH JEMIMA (AND ALSO PARTLY JESSA) IT’S UNREAL.

  • krissyt February 4th, 2014 3:50 PM

    PERFECT wah I feel so close to her now

  • Lemons February 4th, 2014 5:48 PM

    Ugh I am so in love with her. Literally I have such a huge crush.

  • Lena February 4th, 2014 6:50 PM

    this is absolutely perfect

  • kittyweasel February 4th, 2014 8:52 PM

    She is so flawless.

  • whatisemilywearing February 4th, 2014 11:06 PM

    I love this woman so so much.
    Such a huge inspiration to everybody.

    Thank you.
    Emily

    ++ http://www.whatisemilywearing.blogspot.ca

  • N.Arie February 5th, 2014 1:19 AM

    Literally squealed when I saw Jemima Kirke. I just love everything about her and her character on HBO’s Girls!

    xoox

  • ValentineL. February 5th, 2014 4:05 AM

    Ohhh, Pierre Bonnard! Been in love with his work for years, and I can’t help fangirling knowing that Jemima likes it too :)

  • Adrienne22 February 5th, 2014 6:04 AM

    Jemima is amazing! Absolutely love her on Girls, her attitude as well as sense of style are ace. Love that we could see this side of her.

    http://thefashionetudiante.blogspot.com/

  • anna eve February 5th, 2014 6:48 PM

    Love her, this is perfection!

    http://lilliputianlilac.blogspot.com