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Lola Kirke Would Really Like You To Give A Damn (Ahem, Taylor Swift)

Lola Kirke cares. This is the immediate impression one receives talking to the 26-year-old multi-hyphenate. She cares about upending the “vapid culture” of celebrity. She cares about using her platform to funnel goodness into the world. She cares about making movies with her friend and collaborator Zia Anger. She cares about her music (which she describes as “country-inspired rock and folk”). She cares about being serious and silly, often at the same time.
Most recently, you can see her particular brand of giving a damn in Gemini, a slick, jazzy caper about a personal assistant who transforms into an amateur detective after discovering a dead body. Set in the heart of Hollywood, the film is essentially a contemporary, female-driven take on The Fugitive: The story of a woman tasked with proving her innocence.
The film made its world premiere at SXSW, where Kirke is also doing a set. When she sat down with Vogue in Austin, Kirke opened up about how she navigates Los Angeles, her reluctance to call herself an artist, and why, in 2017, celebrities have a responsibility to speak up about politics.

Considering Gemini is so deeply rooted in Los Angeles, what did you make of the city after graduating from Bard in 2012 and living in New York?
When I first started going out there for work, I was like, “What the fuck is this stupid town?” But I think when I moved to [Los Angeles], I was just excited that it was sunny all the time. Then when it rained for like a week, I was just miserably depressed. What I realized is that L.A. is one rhythm, and it’s your rhythm. You’re in your car, it’s your house, it’s one weather.

You can make it as busy or as not busy as you want.
Exactly. But what I love about New York is how demanding it is of you. You are constantly being asked to adapt—or forced to adapt—to all these different rhythms that are going on around you. As an artist—and I’m not saying myself as an artist, but in general for artists—it’s really important to know what rhythm is and to experience different rhythms and experience a variety of things. In that way, I lean towards the reality of New York more than L.A. But, whatever, I also really fucking love doing things on my terms.

You’re doing a lot these days. Do you have a personal assistant?
No, I fucking wish I had a personal assistant. Full disclosure: I had a personal assistant for a week and it was amazing, but I’m a control freak and deep type-A personality, so I actually spent so much time designing the schedule of my personal assistant that I may as well have done it myself.

Do you often think about career goals and such?
I think that it’s hard not to. I just want to make really good work, and I want to do the best work that I can possibly do as an actor. I think I spent a long time being really embarrassed that I was an actor, which is weird because . . .

I still sense some of that.
In me?

A little, yeah. Earlier you didn’t want to categorize yourself as an artist.
Because it’s weird! I don’t like the “as a [blank]” way of introducing a sentence.

Too self-aggrandizing . . .
Right. I think there’s some trepidation about defining myself as an artist. You have to be accountable as an artist. You can’t just say, “I’m a fucking artist.” But I think as an actor, I’m just beginning to feel excited. Like it’s a really worthy contribution to the world.

Do you find the self-promotional part of this to be difficult?
Yes and no, but it’s so normalized, right? I mean, on Instagram everybody is selling themselves all the time. I don’t mind talking about myself. I’ve been in therapy since I was ten years old, so I’m kind of used to it.

Ten! As a public figure, do you think you have a responsibility to talk publicly about politics?
I mean, in this fucking day and age, yeah, I do. For me, it’s really important to elevate voices and causes that don’t get as much attention with whatever attention I get. I totally understand why some people won’t do that; I definitely think that there are certain celebrities who really could offer more help to grassroots movements with their power—and don’t.

People with a huge platform.
Yeah, like Taylor fucking Swift, who may as well have voted for Trump, as far as I’m concerned, by not doing anything.

I’m still baffled about Tom Brady, too.
I think that the age of celebrity is so confusing and weird, and everyone is a celebrity, and everyone has this weird power that they got because they know how to take a picture of themselves.

Are you good at that, by the way?
Eh. After like 40 tries, yeah, I’ll get one or two good ones. I think it’s a vapid culture, but we can do something profound with these outlets and platforms. You can imbue everything you’re doing with meaning. I believe that life is meaningful and I believe there are things that are important that are not getting the attention that they deserve.
It’s pretty clear right now that there’s a lot surrounding reproductive rights that is pretty insane. Environmental issues . . . I don’t even know where to begin on that one. Basically, human rights at large are in jeopardy, and as somebody that is part of celebrity culture, I would rather not be an agent in detracting from that attention. I would rather not be part of the smokescreen that makes everybody think, “Eh, it’s fine,” because it’s not fine.
I feel a lot of gratitude, and gratitude to me is the shortcut to happiness.

Oh, good line. Is that yours?
[Laughs] Yep. I’m kind of like a poet. I’m kind of a big deal.

Source: vogue.com

‘Mozart In the Jungle’ Star Lola Kirke Shares Her Favorite NYC Record Stores, Music Venues & More

  

Lola Kirke’s Concrete ‘Jungle’
As Mozart in the Jungle continues to hit the right notes with fans and critics, its 26-year-old star Lola Kirke takes Billboard to her real-life Big Apple haunts.

The Manhattan native and current Los Angeles resident, photographed Dec. 28, 2016, in New York, is the daughter of 67-year-old drummer Simon Kirke (Free, Bad Company) and younger sister of Girls star Jemima Kirke, 31.

SUNY
Lola Kirke as Hailey Rutledge in Mozart. The show’s symphony scenes are filmed at the State University of New York in Purchase.

A1 Record Shop, 439 E. Sixth St.
Growing up in the West Village, Kirke frequented Bleecker Bob’s and Bleecker Street Records, but A1 — its ceiling quilted with album covers — is her go-to “for vinyl LPs,” she says. “I don’t buy CDs, but does anyone anymore?

Avenue D
Kirke once ran into Mozart co-star Gael Garcia Bernal in Alphabet City while she was jogging: “I see this gaggle of dudes kicking a soccer ball around in the middle of the street, and I get closer, and it’s Gael,” she says. “He’s kind to everyone, and so brave with his choices.

TR Crandall Guitars, 179 E. Third St.
The specialty shop is co-owned by Kirke’s pal Alex Whitman. “I feel like an idiot every time I go there … I never know what I’m looking at,” says Kirke, who started playing guitar at age 20.

C’mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave.
Kirke used to attend music shows “wherever young assholes go” in New York. This Bed-Stuy cocktail lounge, with a performance space that nods to ’70s Manhattan, is her current must-visit.

Lincoln Center
Kirke admits she only recently fell in love with the uptown performing-arts complex that features prominently on the show. “This past season of Mozart gave me a great window into opera,” she says. “I’ve been enjoying listening to it, especially with breakfast. It’s very decadent.

Source: billboard.com

 

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Lola Kirke Talks Industry, Instagram and the Power of Giving a Damn

   

In our Jan/Feb issue, Mozart in the Jungle star Lola Kirke poses in tennis whites and sounds off on the perks and perils of personal branding. Below, we’re proud to offer more of Kirke’s unfiltered insights, covering her career (both in TV and music), feminism, social media and more. Enjoy.

ON LIVING THE BRAND
If you’re in the spotlight as a young person now, you have to figure out your brand. Are you just an actor? Are you an actor and an activist? Are you an actor and an activist and a musician? ‘And’ ad nauseam. I feel like I’m still finding my voice. I wish I could say, ‘This is my cause. This is my purpose on earth,’ but at the moment the world is such a mess; anything can be your cause. I don’t feel pressure to present feminism as part of my brand, because it just is. If I say that, though, it sounds like it’s part of what I’m selling, and that gets a little complicated. But there is a commercial side to being an artist, and I’m lucky that people are buying it, at least to some degree. Being politically active is fucking cool. There’s space to be so many different things. Just give a damn.

ON THE NEW SEASON OF MOZART IN THE JUNGLE
I feel grateful to play a character who is walking on path parallel to mine as a young woman and a young creative professional. Being a classical musician in an orchestra shares a lot of same properties of being an actress, in the sense that you are performing other people’s work instead of creating your own. You are relying on other people to notice you and recognize you and give you a job. You are functioning in a much larger machine that you’re a part of, that you’re not necessarily at the helm of.

ON HER BURGEONING MUSIC CAREER
I relate to that dilemma of being passionate about something from a young age and forming an identity about that one thing. It’s nice to know what you want to do early on, but I think that it’s also really limiting. Being open to the idea that you have a lot of possibilities has been important for me. I mean, playing music has always been a part of me. So to elevate it out of the realm of hobby and make it like slightly more professional is empowering. The thread of my work and my music is about self-doubt, love or whatever else. To make art, or to make sounds in this world, is a political act, and it feels good to ally with other women and other non-gender binary voices who are doing the same.

ON INSTAGRAM
I just got Instagram and it blows my mind. I had an account a couple of years ago and in the time that I’ve been off, it’s transformed from a tool to just show people pretty pictures and gloat about your life into this mechanism for personal branding. There are people who I have no idea who they really are, but I know what they look like from every angle—and so do 100,000 other people.

ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS
There are so many things that do not sit right with me—women’s issues, which bleed into health issues, which then bleed into foreign policy issues. This is a really interesting time to be human, and I think it’s wonderful time to be a woman in how there are so many opportunities. Yes, women are on the spectrum of minorities in this world, but it’s important to be part of the energy seeking to change that. There’s so much creative potential in this transformation women are experiencing as a group. I’m fascinated by it.

ON CHANGING HER BODY FOR ROLES
I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with directors and networks like Amazon that privilege my individuality as a woman and my choices for my own body. I’ve never really been asked to alter my appearance—and that’s probably not going to be the reality for my career. Your art does not get to be your own in this industry, whether you’re an actor or director or any other kind of filmmaker. There are scenarios where I could see changing the way my body looks, like becoming stronger or becoming leaner, that would be necessary telling a story about a certain character. If I’m playing a person in the Army, they’re not going to have a soft tummy like I do. So far, I’ve felt wanted for who I am. And that’s pretty special.

Source: playboy.com

Instyle Magazine

Hello. Lola had a beautiful photoshoot for Instyle Magazine. I added 2 pictures to the gallery :]

 

Lola for I-D Magazine

 

It’s 10am on Friday morning, and Lola Kirke rings me from the road. She’s headed out from her eastside home to begin filming in Malibu (which, we both agree isn’t really Los Angeles although we both know that it technically is). It’s a change of pace — not just because of the beachy locale known for its palatial waterfront properties — but also for the fact that the star of Amazon’s Golden Globe winning Mozart in the Jungle and Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America has barely returned home from a mini cross-country tour promoting the release of her self-titled debut EP. The record is a handful of folksy tracks — a dreamy, experimental Americana — to accompany fantasies of settling on a utopian homestead in Joshua Tree. She recorded it at Moon Canyon Sound in Mt. Washington surrounded by beer, pizza, and her closest friends.

As she drives down the Pacific Coast Highway (a journey that can sometimes feel like it takes as long as traversing the country), we talk about the grounding power of anonymity, trusting your instincts, and playing for seven people smack in the middle of nowhere.

You just wrapped shooting your third season as overachieving oboist Hailey Rutledge on Mozart in the Jungle. How has playing that role inspired you to pursue your more musical side?
Not directly, but I’m sure subconsciously. I’ve been really lucky to play a character who is traveling this parallel path to my own. She’s doing this one thing that she’s done her entire life — that she identifies with and has been defined by — which is to play the oboe. And for me that’s being an actor. Then, in this season, my character starts conducting and, in doing so, assumes a role of leadership and control. For me, expanding my identity — being like “No, I’m also going to be a musician” — is a similar gesture. As a musician, I get to express the things that I want to express, not the things that someone else has put on a page. I love doing that as well, but this is more of a direct expression, and it’s something that I get to make mostly by myself or with people that I choose, as opposed to on a film set where I still just feel lucky to be there.

Also, the experience this last season of learning how to conduct showed me to trust myself, and that I know what’s best with my own music, because as a musician I still feel a bit like an amateur sometimes. Especially when I’m in a room with people who have identified as a musician their whole lives the way that I’ve identified as an actor. Hailey and her kind of “fake it ’til you make it” mentality, and the confidence that she has to employ as a conductor, is something that I have had to employ as a musician. The last thing I’ll say is that classical music has never been something that I’ve been particularly passionate or knowledgeable about. I’ve always had to substitute a genre of music that I do love — and I think stepping into the role of a musician more this year has made it so that in future seasons I’ll have better access into what that love that Hailey has looks like.

You describe stepping into the role of musician as a way of asserting control, rather than relinquishing it. How does pursuing music make you feel more in control?
Being an actor, you achieve a level of control, perhaps, at a certain point in your career. But for the most part you’re at the whim of the director, writer, editor, makeup, hair, basically everyone. It’s a collaborative effort, and more often than not that collaboration can bleed into something a little less democratic. As a musician, at the level that I’m at, I don’t have a big record label lording over me telling me what they want. I don’t even have a big fan base to please. So there’s something really freeing about the expression of music for me right now. I don’t know what that would look like if people starting writing negative reviews about me, and if I was aiming to please or trying to maintain an image. But right now it feels like I get to do what I want, and that feels great.

Full interview: i-d.vice.com

Lola for Nylon Magazine

   

Late last month, Lola Kirke took the stage at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, New York, to celebrate the release of her debut, self-titled EP. Flanked by five other musicians (including her boyfriend, Wyndham Boylan, who also produced the record), she played bleeding-heart, country-dusted rock, marking her official foray into a professional music career. In that world, Kirke is still a relative unknown. For the tour she just completed—an 8-stop jaunt between New York and Los Angeles—she traveled in a small van with friends and collaborators, playing at intimate clubs along the way. And yet two weeks prior to the show at Baby’s All Right, the 26-year-old performer found herself on the cover of The Village Voice. That’s because, in Lola Kirke’s other life, she happens to be an actress on the cusp of stardom.

Kirke, who grew up in New York City to artistic parents (her father is the former drummer for the rock bands Free and Bad Company; her mother owned a popular clothing boutique in Manhattan’s West Village), wanted to act since she was young. But when she left the city to study at Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley, other artistic pursuits began to take hold. While majoring in film theory, Kirke took up music, guitar, and singing with friends, and eventually formed an alt-country band, She Rose. But when Kirke returned to the city after graduation, with her sister Jemima a star thanks to her role on HBO’s Girls, the acting bug took over, and Kirke quickly found work, first in a small but pivotal role in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, and then as one of two leads in Noah Baumbach’s well-received indie, Mistress America.

Now, Kirke sits at the top of casting lists across Hollywood and is one audition away from the role that will launch her to rarified movie stardom. But until that happens, Kirke is thrilled to follow her artistic muse wherever it leads her. She just wrapped her third season as the ambitious oboist Hailey on Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, and will next star opposite Jemima in writer Emma Forrest’s directorial debut, Untogether. We recently spoke with Kirke, who splits her time between New York and Los Angeles, about why she felt the need to start her music career now, how her college experience changed her life, and what she’s learned about Hollywood.

Full interview: nylon.com

Lola for interview Magazine

   

I definitely feel like I’m more creative when I’m a little bit down,” explains Lola Kirke over the phone. “I’m so uncomfortable when I’m a little bit down, I just have to do something about it. I’m happy that doing something translates into something constructive rather than destructive.

Born in London and raised in Brooklyn, Kirke is a well-regarded actor-on-the-rise. Over the last three-odd years, she has worked with powerhouse directors such as David Fincher (Gone Girl) and starred in indie movies like 2014’s coming-of-age screwball comedy Mistress America. As aspiring oboist Hailey Rutledge, she is the poster-woman for Mozart in the Jungle, Amazon’s most successful original series to-date. Earlier this year, she wrapped American Made, Doug Liman’s new thriller starring Tom Cruise. Though she is the youngest child in a family of creatives, she seems to have quickly escaped the shadow of her siblings’ and parents’ achievements. For her next project, she will act opposite her real-life sister Jemima Kirke in Emma Forrest’s directorial debut Untogether.

But Kirke isn’t one to let success make her complacent. Tomorrow, the 26-year-old will release her debut EP as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist via Spirit House. “It’s been this amazing re-entry into being a struggling artist,” she says with a laugh. Simply titled EP, the four-track record is a dreamy blend of folk, country, and rock. “Gene Clark is one of my all-time favorite musicians. He’s a founding member of the Byrds and he coined this new genre called ‘cosmic American,'” she explains. “It was that moment in the ’70s where great rock ‘n’ roll musicians started making country music and got rejected by the country fans and the rock ‘n’ roll fans,” she continues. “I hope to become part of the cosmic American tradition.”
EMMA BROWN: I want to talk about your music, but I read that you grew up wanting to be an actor. That was your original goal. Is that true?

LOLA KIRKE: I started playing music when I was 18. My heart was just broken so badly that I decided that I really wanted to start playing music. It felt like the only thing that I could do in response to that. And I’ve been playing ever since.

I had every opportunity to learn an instrument when I was younger, but I was more interested in watching TV and that’s really it. [laughs] I had no kind of work ethic and I always felt that music—especially rock ‘n’ roll—was a more for boys. Growing up with my dad being a musician, it seemed like a male centric world to me. I just didn’t know many girls playing guitar. All my best girlfriends play guitar now, which is kind of a funny world to live in. Perhaps like attracts like, and that’s why I found myself in a circle of women who are so passionate about making music. But beyond that, [music] was just something that I felt that I couldn’t do for whatever reason. It takes a lot of courage to be a performer. And even though I was performing all the time as an actress and I was doing all of these plays as a kid, there’s a vulnerability about being a musician that you don’t get [when] you perform somebody else’s work. You perform the thing that you made, that’s inside of you, and to subject that to any kind of scrutiny is terrifying. It’s still terrifying to me.

BROWN: So you picked up a guitar and started writing songs?

KIRKE: Yeah, I started writing songs. Then I started playing every Monday at the local bar with a group of girls who still remain my best friends. Then I was playing music by myself for a long time, and writing songs, and then my boyfriend [Wyndham Boylan-Garnett]—who actually produced my record—encouraged me to put an EP together. I’m really happy with it.

BROWN: When you picked up the guitar, did you just teach yourself?

KIRKE: I actually started on the ukulele like many hip young ladies in 2008. I ordered all these books on the internet called Jumpin’ Jim’s Ukulele Songbooks. [laughs] They had a country book, or a songs from movies book or a Beach Boys book, so I actually got a lot of my sense of notes and rhythm and how to play an instrument with strings from the ukulele. Then I realized that I really didn’t like the sound of the ukulele so much so I started playing the guitar.

Full interview: interviewmagazine.com

 

Lola for The Village Voice Magazine

Hello. Lola had a beautiful photoshoot for The Village Voice magazine. Enjoy :]

   

Lola Kirke for Calvin Klein

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