Actress Jemima Kirke, who plays free-spirited but aloof Jessa Johansson on HBO’s breakout show “Girls,” ought to know her way around Providence. She’s a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Kirke earned a BFA in painting from RISD in 2008. She’s also the daughter of drummer Simon Kirk, of Bad Company fame.
Girls creator Lena Dunham reportedly met Kirke while the two were students at St. Ann’s School in New York City. Dunham has painterly ties herself – she’s the daughter of the painter Carroll Dunham.
In other celebrity news, RISD alum Seth MacFarlane is slated to host the 2013 Oscar Awards. MacFarlane is the creator of the animated series “Family Guy” and “American Dad,” among other film, television and music projects.