“Mozart in the Jungle” actress, learning classical music on the TV set

Posted on: January 4, 2017

In an interview by Matt Suddain in Thursday’s (12/29) Stuff (Wellington, New Zealand), Lola Kirke, who plays aspiring oboist Hailey Rutledge in the TV series Mozart in the Jungle, states, “I grew up with music, but I definitely didn’t grow up in a home where people went, ‘Have you heard the new Mozart? … It wasn’t the exciting thing to me that I’m learning it really is.’ After joining the show, she discovered Carmen, Madama Butterfly, the ‘greatest hits’ of opera, as she describes it. She also found composers like Sibelius and Ravel, ‘It’s all pretty incredible.’ Getting to grips with the subject matter of this show takes a certain level of discipline, and focus.” Says Kirke, “Because classical music is such a foreign art-form to me, even as I do season three, you have to spend as much time as a classical musician spends to really get it. And maybe you never get it. I know that as an actor I’ve spent a really long time trying to figure out what this thing is, and I still don’t know what acting is. That’s why it’s exciting to me.”

Posted January 4, 2017