In the world of Girls, Adam and Jessa’s relationship counts as a seismic event. Though the show has never truly lived up to the pre-release hype that it would define a generation, it has become one of the finest half hour dramas on television through devotion to its characters. And, like any earthquake, the friction that brought Adam and Jessa together was foundational.
Lena Dunham said that the actors’ chemistry meant that they had to be together.
“The first time we saw [Jemima Kirke and Adam Driver] act together, we realized, ‘These two weirdos need to spend time together and bang bits’,” Dunham told Vulture at the show’s season six premiere.
Dunham’s co-showrunner, Jenni Konner, wanted to make sure that they knew where they were headed before they went down that road.
“I thought for a long time that it seemed pretty inevitable that two people with that kind of explosive energy would be drawn to each other,” Konner said. “And I worried about what it would do to Jessa and Hannah’s friendship, so I fought it for a long time.”
Even as actors, Jemima Kirke and Adam Driver seem tailor-made for each other. Kirke is notoriously blasé about fame, working with Dunham only as a concession to their longstanding friendship. Though she’s an undeniable on-screen presence, there’s a reason you don’t see her in many other roles. Driver, by contrast, is committed to reaching the peak of his commercial and technical potential. Still, their intensities work. After all, puzzle pieces require an absence to fit.
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From Lena’s @LenaDunham Instagram
Imagine getting rid of the thing about yourself that makes you feel the most beautiful. Bold move, right? Of course, it comes as no surprise that Girls star (and general badass) Jemima Kirke has recently done just that.
The actress revealed in an interview with Style Like U that she felt “self-destructive” while going through a rough patch with her husband. “I was extremely hurt by him and extremely angry at him,” she says. “So I cut my hair.”
It wasn’t just a trim, though—the actress has always had enviable, waist-skimming locks, and she had always relied on them as her self-confidence safety net. “I cut my hair because I felt like my hair was one of the only things that made me feel pretty,” says Kirke. “I really believed for a while that without it, I would be boring.”
And, though she initially changed her look for herself, when she decided she wanted to go even shorter her husband—in an attempt to make a heartfelt gesture—offered to cut it for her. “It was quite romantic,” says Kirke, as the transformation connected them to each other in a sweet, meaningful (and beauty standards-subverting) way.
Now she has all the more reason to rock her killer ‘do with self-confidence. Talk about #relationshipgoals.
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Jim Morrison was once quoted as saying that some of his worst mistakes in life were haircuts. But for many, a good shearing is like a mini-revolution, as our identities are often tangled up in our lengths. Lately, the dramatic celebrity chop has found fans in Emily Ratajkowski, who debuted a beachy faux bob at this year’s Golden Globes, and Selena Gomez, who parted with her down-to-there hair after reentering the media fray. And last year found Cara Delevingne, Victoria Beckham, and Elle Fanning lopping off length in favor of the freedom and insouciance found in shorter styles.
But there may be more to the phenomenon than simply taking on a new look. Just yesterday, Girls mainstay Jemima Kirke shed some light on her semi-recent chop in an online video in which the artist turned sometimes-actress revealed that a primary motivation for the dismantling of her bohemian blonde cascade of waves was her reliance on it as her main source of beauty (she called her hair her “go-to trick”). Kirke went on to say that she’d believed that without her Rapunzel-like lengths, she would be boring. (Her resulting messy bob, of course, is anything but.) The lesson? Separating self-esteem from a signifier of youth and traditional femininity puts your face, and the character it conveys, front and center—and is one way of freeing yourself from what weighs you down.
HBO’s Girls returns to television for its finale in February, but in a new interview with Glamour, show creator and actress Lena Dunham reveals that one of the show’s titular women, Jemima Kirke (who plays free-spirited Jessa), actually wanted to bid the series farewell back when filming Season 2.
While speaking to the magazine, Kirke shared that the second season of the hit show, which aired in 2013, was “kind of traumatic” for her, E! News reports.
Dunham then reminded the actress that “that was the season where you said I had to get out of your dressing room or you were gonna punch me,” adding, “I think it’s time for us to disclose to the world that, like, three days before season two, Jemima tried to quit.”
“My sense of who I was and what I wanted was really thin,” Kirke admitted, laughing. “I really wasn’t sure what the f— I was doing.”
Meanwhile, Dunham, who recalled traveling in a cab when Kirke called to give her the news, continued, “She was like, ‘I have to tell you something. It’s not a big deal. I don’t want you to freak out. I want to quit the show.’”
Suffice to say, Kirke thankfully stayed on.
There’s yet another reason to get a lob this fall — and her name is Jemima Kirke, star of HBO’s Girls. Kirke just debuted the sleek, shorter chop in an Instagram post by co-star Allison Williams, and the caption, “When cool kids grow up, they just become cooler kids,” demonstrates exactly what we’re all thinking: Her hair is the raddest. Just check out the close-up in this snap by co-star Lena Dunham (that we all wish we were in):
In the show, Kirke plays Jessa, who has consistently rocked long, flowing locks. So the change-up is a major departure for the character — but not for the actress. The cut is just one in a long line of badass moves from Kirke. Earlier this summer, she teamed up with Dunham in an untouched lingerie campaign for The Lonely Girls Project and the last time she cut her hair, she did it totally topless.
Williams was right: We can’t think of anyone cooler.
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