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Noah Baumbach

'Mistress America' gives Lola Kirke first starring role

Lola Kirke has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including a role in the Amazon Studios series "Mozart in the Jungle." But "Mistress America" is the first film to put her in a starring role. She handled the pressure by leaning on a fascinating character to play and a lot of support from co-star Greta Gerwig, who was also a co-writer of the film. Kirke plays Tracy, a college freshman who finds herself alone in New York. Her escape from a mundane world one where trying to land an opportunity to write for the school literary magazine is the biggest event comes in the form of her stepsister-to-be, Brooke (Gerwig). Brooke introduces Tracy to a lifesyle that keeps...