DO you know this face? Jemima Kirke.
Meet the younger sister of
Given her background, Lola Kirke, 25, seems made for a creative life. Her mother, Lorraine, owns the New York vintage clothing store Geminola, which provided many Sex and the City outfits; father, Simon, is a drummer for English rock band Bad Company; sister Jemima is an actress, and sister Domino is a doula and a singer.
London-born Lola grew up in New York and studied film and electronic arts. “I began watching Julie Christie films when I was 15 years old. I wanted to be just like her,” Lola explains.
Her first starring role as the university first-year student Tracy Fishko in last year’s Sundance favourite Mistress America was written by indie couple Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig. “Noah and Greta
[who also has a role in Mistress America] love words,” Lola says.
In December, Lola reprised her role as oboist Hailey Rutledge in Mozart in the Jungle, which takes place in New York’s highdrama classical music scene, and she raves about executive producers Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Paul Weitz: “They’ve created excellent characters for women who are strong, know their stuff, are professional and are artists.”
And she recently wrapped the Tom Cruise thriller Mena, which is slated for release in 2017. “In Hollywood, it seems like you need a job to get a job,” she says. “After Mistress America, I was suddenly allowed to read for movies. Since then, it seems like I got to be in rooms with people I’d never think I’d be around.”