The introduction of HBO’s “Girls” to the pop culture landscape has proven to be one of the more polarizing phenomenon’s in recent memory. Created, and written, by lead actress Lena Dunham, “Girls” stories of the personal and professional angst of young 20-somethings living in New York has been received as a revelation by one segment of audiences, while being viewed as horribly irritating by another.
The lead cast members of “Girls” are a literal ‘Who’s Who?’ of famous offspring. Dunham (who plays Hannah) is the daughter of noted artists Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons. Jemima Kirke (who plays Jessa) is the daughter of Simon Kirke, the former drummer for the rock band Bad Company. Allison Williams (Marnie) is the daughter of Brian Williams, the lead anchor of “NBC Nightly News”. Finally, there is Zosia Mamet (who plays Shoshanna). If her last name sounds familiar, it should. She is the daughter of world famous playwright, David Mamet.
Zosia’s artistic bloodlines are inherited just from her father. Her mother, Lindsay Crouse, is an actress with a fairly lengthy resume. Among Lindsay’s roles were “All the President’s Men”, “Slap Shot” and “The Insider”. Zosia’s grandfather (and Lindsay’s father) is play Russel Crouse. So, it would make sense that Zosia would gravitate towards this profession.
Zosia’s career did not overwhelm her childhood. Until she was an adult, Zosia had two small film roles as a child, and one more as a teenager. When she turned 18, she scored a guest-starring role in her father’s military action series “The Unit”. Zosia soon followed that up with an extended role on the Showtime dramedy about multiple personalities, “The United States of Tara” (alongside the very talented Toni Collette). She played Courtney, the very amorous and controlling girlfriend of Tara’s son, Marshall. Zosia also spent time on “Parenthood” and “Mad Men” before landing her biggest role to date.
In 2012, Zosia joined the cast of “Girls” as Shoshanna Shapiro, the virginal (but curious) member of Hannah’s inner circle of confused, young adults trying to learn the ways of life in the big city. “Girls” has been a critical darling (with Emmy, Golden Globe and Director’s Guild Awards to its credit), and it has helped raise Zosia’s profile in the industry. When she’s not experiencing angst as Shoshanna, Zosia is also provided her vocal talents to the animated series “High School USA!” and is working on her first lead film role in “Shiva and May”.
One thing fans of “Girls” have noticed is that it seems like all the lead actresses are fans of body art. With the exception of Allison Williams (who opted not to get any tattoos when co-star, Jemima Kirke [who has tattooed Lena Dunham] said they weren’t right for Williams], the other lead actresses all have ink. One of the first tattoos I noticed of Zosia’s was a heart on the palm of her right hand. Initially, it looked like she may have been goofing around with a Sharpie, but I have seen this tattoo in several different photo sets over a period of time. So, this odd tattoo appears to be the real deal.
Zosia has also followed a common feminine trend of getting inked on her feet. While I have not been able to determine the meaning behind these designs, they are intriguing, cute tattoos. The include some symbolic scripting along the inside of her right foot and an arrow design with lines below it on her left foot.
You can find out more about Zosia on her official website: http://www.zosiamamet.com/
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