Date of Birth 26 April 1985, London, England, UK
Height 5′ 2″ (1.57 m)
Jemima Kirke is the daughter of drummer Simon Kirke and vintage boutique owner, Lorraine Kirke. Although born in London, Kirke was raised in New York City. She was educated at Saint Ann’s School in New York, before moving on to Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied art and graduated as a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Kirke met and became friends with Lena Dunham whilst at school. Dunham asked her to appear in her 2010 film Tiny Furniture (2010). This led to her breakout role as Jessa Johansson in Dunham’s hit HBO series Girls (2012).
- Has 2 children with her estranged husband Michael Mosberg – a daughter Rafella Israel Mosberg (b.October 2010) and a son Memphis Kirke Mosberg (b.November 20, 2012).
- Met husband Michael in a doctor’s office when she had bronchitis.
- Is a visual artist, which is her top priority, and feels that acting is secondary.
- Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 27, a son Memphis Kirke Mosberg on November 20, 2012.
- Child’s father is her estranged husband, Michael Mosberg.
- Jemima’s father has English and Scottish ancestry. Jemima’s maternal grandfather, Jack Dellal, was of Iraqi Jewish descent. Jemima’s maternal grandmother, Zehava Helmer, was an Israeli of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
- Sister of actress Lola Kirke.
- Mother Lorraine runs Geminola, a vintage New York City boutique that supplied various outfits for the TV series Sex and the City (1998).
- Dad Simon was formerly a drummer with British rock bands Free (“All Right Now”) (1968-73) and Bad Company (“Can’t Get Enough”) (1973- ).
I have a handful of tattoos that I really want to put on people that I can’t find anyone to let me give them to.
I don’t have the passion for acting that actors might have.
By the way, I’m funniest when I’m not being funny. I’m better to laugh at than with, pretty much.
Being humble and sweet is the hardest thing you can do.
When you’re literally carrying a child you can cut back on bad habits.
I’ve had a baby. I’ve had an abortion.
I’ve been painting and making things since I was little.
I want lots of kids and I want a garden and I hope to stay married to my husband. I hope to be working in some way that fulfills me.
I mean, I have worked out. I’ve always worked out a little, you know, when I felt it was, like… time.
I have to remember that for the most part people will see me for what I do, not what I say I do.
I come from a family of all women and one boy, my brother. We’re all women and we’re all precocious and opinionated and like to have fun and we always had friends in the house and we were always, like, half-naked.
But I’m interested in the Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. I hear there are some of the worst Matisses there. I like seeing bad art by good artists. It’s inspiring. I’m able to identify with them. It makes them real.
Acting is secondary – I don’t feel like it’s going to stick around because it’s not something I want to do forever. My art has always been my top priority and I have far more experience in that field than I do in film.
People are confusing me with a good actor when I’m just a good mimic. When someone asks me to play a nun from the fifteenth century, you’ll see what I mean.
I’ve never been one to just do what I’m told. I don’t say that necessarily with pride, it’s just something that has gotten me in trouble before.
I think I did a lot of really stupid stuff really quickly in my twenties and that sort of led me to want to sort of just relax a little bit. Relax a lot.
I think Damien Hirst is hilarious. And I think he’s a true artist. He’s not hilarious first; I think he is a real artist, and I also think he’s got an amazing sense of humor.
I know acting is not impersonating, but I’m good with impressions. I can do impressions of people I know, and people I’ve been, and roles that I’ve acted before.
I go to Florida sometimes for vacation. I actually really like Florida. It’s a weird place, it’s surreal. It’s so close, but you feel like you’re in another world or on an island.
I don’t have that drive to be in this field, climbing up, doing bit parts in movies to make a big movie. But I’m lucky I get to also do acting – it’s fun. I should probably just take an acting class on the weekends – that would be enough for me.
That’s what I paint, I paint people. They’re portraits, but you won’t always be pleased with the way you look in my paintings. Which is fine, I guess. Unless you’re buying it, and it’s of your kid!
Portraiture keeps me humble. It’s simple and straightforward. There is nothing more interesting I can make up than the figure sitting right in front of me.
My opinions of which of my works are good are vastly different than other people’s. There is one that I’m obsessed with but I swear… no one else has ever even commented on it. So I’m a bit shy to draw attention to it.
I’ll never have a best friend who is a man. It just doesn’t work that way. So many times young girls will be like, ‘I’m a guy’s girl.’ And I’m like, ‘No, you’re not. There’s no way a man can understand you like a woman, and you’re a guy’s girl because you’re threatened by other women.’ I was like that.