Girls star Jemima Kirke blames her divorce on her profession — because acting made her look more closely at her own life.
The London-born actress recently separated from Michael Mosberg, 40, her husband of seven years. The couple have two children together, Rafaella, six, and Memphis, four.
Kirke, 31, told ES Magazine: “I got divorced and I attribute that to acting. And just asking myself, ‘Is this really me?’
"So much of my life has been about reaction, just following the flow rather than making a strong choice.
“In acting you are always asking yourself why you do things, why you make the choices you make. Everything means something. And so then you start looking at your own life in that way. I’ve learnt a lot more about myself and started to figure out what I really want.”
The final series of Girls is broadcast on Sky Atlantic next week. Kirke, who has had two spells in rehab herself, will next be seen playing a recovering heroin addict in forthcoming film Untogether.
“When you are in rehab, and afterwards, you think you are an addict,” she said. “I didn’t actually feel like the label fit, but I went through with it because I gave it credit for giving me a life and I was scared that if I abandoned it, I would go right back to where I was.”
Kirke, whose father is Simon Kirke, former drummer with Bad Company and Free, moved from Barnes to Manhattan aged 11 and found “the huge cultural differences” hard to navigate at first.
She later went to high school in Brooklyn, where she met Girls creator Lena Dunham, and then to study fine art at the Rhode Island School of Design.
“I went to college thinking I could do whatever the f*** I wanted,” she said. “And I got thrown out. Twice. I was an entitled little privileged brat.”