Lola Kirke is the youngest member of the highly creative Kirke-clan, her older sister Jemima plays Jessa in HBO’s Girls, and is a painter, while her oldest sister Domino is a musician, and is the must-have doula for all the hipster expecting moms in Brooklyn.
Lola had a small but poignant role as Greta in the Oscar nominated Gone Girl (2014). She also starred in Free the Nipple (2014), as Liv, a young activist who takes to the streets to protest gender inequality. And in late 2014 she starred as Hailey in Amazon’s new series, Mozart in the Jungle, based on the 2005 memoir of oboist Blair Tindall. The show takes a humorous look at the gritty life of classical musicians beyond famed concert halls, and with writing from Jason Schwartzman, Roman Coppola, and Alex Timbers; Paul Weitz directs. And it’s about to become the latest must-binge-watch production.
Hailey, a character loosely based on Tindall, but says her inspirations came from elsewhere. “Jason and Roman encouraged me to take the book as a starting point, but it was the oboe teacher I was given for this role, Marilyn, who was actually very informative with regards to this character,” she says. Kirke also took to stopping young people on the train who were carrying music cases to get a different perspective. “Hey! I play a classical musician on TV,” she would say, asking for a quick chat over email or a cup of coffee. Surprisingly her emails went unanswered, “Now I am hoping they’ll see the show and maybe respond. I am still interested in meeting more people.”
At Sundance 2015, the latest film by Noah Baumbach, Mistress America (2014) saw its debut. In the vein of Whit Stillman, the film chronicles the first year of lonely college freshman Tracy (Lola). Bored by the liberal arts university she’s attending, and disenchanted with most fellow students she comes into contact with, Tracy flocks to Brooke (Greta Gerwig), her soon-to-be stepsister living in downtown New York City.
In 2015 Lola will star alongside Jeremy Irvine in the fantasy drama Fallen (2015), based on Lauren Kate’s novel of the same name.
Kirke was raised in New York City from the age of 5. She is the daughter of Simon Kirke, the former drummer of the rock bands Bad Company and Free. Her mother is Lorraine (née Dellal) Kirke, the owner of Geminola, a vintage boutique in New York City that supplied a number of outfits for the television series Sex and the City.
Her father is of English and Scottish descent. Her maternal grandfather, Jack Dellal, was a British businessman of Iraqi Jewish descent, and Kirke’s maternal grandmother was Israeli. Kirke has two sisters, Jemima and Domino. She is a cousin of curator Alexander Dellal and model Alice Dellal.
Kirke graduated from Bard College in 2012.