Sitting down with the 20-something actresses Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet, who play cousins Jessa and Shoshanna on the award-winning HBO show Girls, feels a bit like stepping onto a live audience taping of creator Lena Dunham's set. The funny banter, the comedic timing, the strikingly open conversation -- it's not just acting! "We improv so much on the show, there are endless hours of us just being ridiculous," says Mamet, recalling their first working scene together, in which Jessa is unpacking her bohemian life in Shoshanna's sterile Sex and the City-inspired apartment. "We had so much fun," echoes Kirke, who just gave birth to her second child. "I just want more scenes with Zosia -- even if it means she's dressed up in a monkey suit." (Thinking that's not a half-bad idea, Kirke texts Dunham immediately.) Offscreen they are closer than their characters -- getting dinner, shooting the shit, giving each other tattoos .. "Zosia likes the stick-and-poke, and I like to give them," says Kirke. They also scour real estate listings, on the off chance that life imitates art and they end up cohabitating. "I'll move in with my husband and two children and Zosia," says Kirke. "And the dog that I desperately want .. on the Lower East Side," adds Mamet. "That's a spin-off if I've ever heard one." Dunham, take note.
Reviews of Really Really:
- Observer.com :: Zosia Mamet Is Deviously Captivating
- Vulture.com :: "The young cast is excellent, across the board, and Mamet, especially, is fascinating: From the moment she enters in Colaizzo's superbly wordless opening scene .. she finds ways to invite us into the interior of a cipher."
Zosia was on Late Show with David Letterman (February 20, 2013):
Recent interviews and articles about Zosia:
- The Daily Beast
The play - and Girls - suggests that everyone in your generation is out for themselves. Agree?
Zosia: "My generation has been stamped with the image of being selfish. Perhaps, but I'd also say we're a product of our upbringing. We're the ones who were taught to believe that you get a trophy just for playing. The effort to boost children's image of themselves has created a lot of people in their 20s who don't know how to deal if they don't get what they want. But there's a positive side to that too. You can argue that our whole country was based on the idea of being given every opportunity and making of it what you will. It has created interesting human beings."
- New York Post
A year ago you spoke about how you hated dating - that you'd rather read a good book.
Zosia: "There are some really damn good books out there, you know? I think feminism's a bit misinterpreted. It was about casting off all gender roles. There's nothing wrong with a man holding a door open for a girl. But we sort of threw away all the rules, so everybody's confused. And dating becomes a sloppy, uncomfortable, unpleasant thing."
In what ways is Shoshanna so different from you personally?
Zosia: "She just is! We're two very, very different individuals. I mean, I don't think I even own anything pink. I talk at like a quarter of the speed that she does. [Laughs.] Like the list is endless. She is very specific human."
- NYMag.com :: "We give Matt and Zosia permission to say any rape joke, if they want to joke about it, to get through it. They are the keepers of the rape jokes."
Why do you think audiences have fallen in love with Shoshanna?
Zosia: "She is like an awkward puppy -- her paws are too big, but she means well. She is funny without trying to be, and she is truly sincere. We all say on set: 'What would Shoshanna do?' "
Vogue March 2013:
Zosia: "It's something I grew up loving out of the womb. I think a theater is one of the most magical places on earth."
Really Really Director David Cromer: "She is completely idiosyncratic. She seems like a lost, beautiful, sad wounded little girl, and she also can turn on a dime into this very steely, very confidant, very fierce, very tough, very together person. We've got to be able to watch her in scenes and think that poor little girl and then watch her in other scenes and go wow, wow, who is that?"
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