Jemima Kirke Candidly Speaks About Drug and Alcohol Issues: “I Don't Feel Like an Addict”


Jemima Kirke Candidly Speaks About Drug and Alcohol Issues: “I Don't Feel Like an Addict”

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Jemima Kirke has attended a few rehab facilities, but she doesn’t consider herself an addict.

The Girls star opened up to Anna David‘s podcast, Recover Girl, telling the host all about her struggles with alcohol and drugs. Despite needing treatment, Kirke told David that her partying ways didn’t stem from a need to repress feelings but instead recognized it as a “tool.”

“I didn’t relate to [AA’s] psychic need for the alcohol. I recognized it as a tool and I know how to use it as a tool,” she explained. “I’m not someone who drinks excessively but I will drink for a reason sometimes. It’s a problem more than addiction. I think that’s possible.”

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Even now, Kirke admitted that her problem wasn’t necessarily in line with everyone else’s she met in rehab. “I just was a problem drinker and user and I liked to party. I don’t know I just had, I mean it didn’t look the way a lot of other people‘s looks,” she admitted. “I didn’t use during the day necessarily. I just went hard when I went. I would do a lot of three-day benders. That was like a party. That was normal. It takes a long time to come back from a three day bender and you’ve lost a week of your life.”

What “sealed” her “coffin” before finally agreeing to rehab was one final all-nighter. 

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“I came home to my mom’s house and I was like, ‘I can’t do it anymore.’ I was just so tired and coming down,” she recalled. “And she was like, ‘Yes, thank you. Of course, darling, we’ll check you in.”

The next day, however, she tried to back out but her mom forced her to check in. “I learned a lot about myself in rehab,” she said.

Kirke entered her first rehab facility, The Meadows, when she was 23. “It was fun,” she shared. “I have a lot of sober friends who never got to go to rehab. It was fun. It was just nice.”

Afterwards, she went to a facility named Lifeskills and then onto an “awful” place she didn’t name.

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The Tiny Furniture actress was ultimately kicked out of Lifeskills and the nameless facility, but she didn’t mind leaving because of the “shaming” that took place. “‘Always the victim, Jemima,'” she recalled her rehab therapist telling her.

Despite not agreeing with the programming at Lifeskills, Kirke did admit that she had some positive experiences because she ended up meeting her now-ex-husbandMichael Mosberg.

“You’re sick. I’m sick. I get you,” she said of her mindset upon meeting him. “I’m reacting against my whole life.” Although everyone told her it was a bad idea, she admitted “something worked” because they stayed together for eight years.

Sober and in therapy, Kirke has figured out what triggers her and how to avoid going down her problem path.

“It’s about beliefs. What you believe about yourself and the world. It really has nothing to do with what you’ve achieved or how talented you are or how good looking you are,” she explained. “It’s whatever messages you were given as a child about the world and about how people see you and what your value is. That’s going to carry over no matter what you achieve in your life. And as long as you don’t somehow change those beliefs, and that’s a f–king hard thing to do, then you’ll be that way forever.

“I recognize that I use things as an anesthesia, and that can be anything, from shopping to sex…anything it’s an anesthesia.”


Published at Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:50:33 +0000

Imposters Stars Tease the “Ticking Time Bomb” Season 1 Finale: “It's a Scary Situation”

Get ready for one hell of a finale, Imposters fans.

After a twisty season full of double crosses and assumed identities, the Bravo scripted series is gearing up for one final high-wire act with both our favorite con artists and beloved conned Bumblers coming together to pull off the ultimate con and give the FBI the shake for good. But with so many moving parts—and so many duplicitous players—there’s so much that could go so very wrong.

“Everyone tomorrow has their own version of how it’s going to go down,” Rob Heaps, whose Ezra is gaming Patrick (Stephen Bishop) and the rest of the FBI to keep them at bay, told E! News ahead of the big episode. “A lot of people are sitting on a few secrets and lot of people are planning to go their own way.”

Though there’s so much that could go wrong, there’s one looming presence out there that will prove to be a bigger threat than anything else combined. “It’s a bit of a ticking time bomb with a lot of wires that could mistakenly be pulled. It’s a scary situation,” Parker Young teased. “But ultimately, Uma Thurman, playing Lenny Cohen—she reappears and sort of lays down the final law and in that scene we realize that this rabbit hole goes even deeper than we initially realized.”

The action, of course, is all building up to Patrick and Maddie’s (Inbar Levi)—or is it Saffron?—wedding ceremony, complete with Max (Brian Benben) in the Doctor drag, but with Patrick clearly catching feelings for his mark and Maddie’s knowledge of what Max did to poor Sally (Katherine LaNasa), it’s far from clear whose side anyone is really on.

And if you think the Bumblers are giving up any other other details about how it all turns out, you’ve got another thing coming. 

“Nothing,” Heaps said when we pressed. “Because Lenny Cohen is over there, sharpening a knife.”

The trio, which also includes Marianne Rendon, did offer up a three-word tease each, however. To find out which words they chose to describe the big conclusion, be sure to check out the video above!

Imposters’ season finale airs Tuesday, April 11 at 10 p.m. on Bravo.

(E! and Bravo are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)


Published at Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:41:00 +0000