18 Things to Know About Jewish Actress Zosia Mamet

The 'Girls' star convinced Lena Dunham that Shoshanna Shapiro deserved to be a major character.

“Girls” came back in a big way in 2023. Despite being off the air for six years, views of the HBO dramedy surged. Clips from the show went viral on TikTok. Screencaps and memes started popping up on Twitter. And outlets like The New York Times, Vice, Glamour and The Daily Beast took notice of the rewatching phenomenon.

For us at Hey Alma, the renewed hype around “Girls” has given us the opportunity to reflect on all the talented Jewish actors in the show — especially Zosia Mamet.

So, in honor of the new “Girls”-mania, as well as all of the exciting projects she has been a part of before and since, here are 18 things to know about Zosia Mamet!

1. Zosia was born on February 2, 1988 in Vermont to a Jewish father and a Buddhist mother.

2. She’s an Aquarius.

3. FYI, her name is pronounced ZAH-shah (“Like Sasha with a Z”). The more you know!

4. Zosia’s father is playwright David Mamet and her mother is actress Lindsay Crouse. Her parents divorced when she was “like, 1.

Listen to her tell Conan O’Brien what it was like growing up with her dad:

5. She identifies as Jewish, like her dad.

The only WASPy part of me is that I like gin,” she told the New York Times. “Oh, and I ride horses.”

6. She started acting at the age of 14 and worked with the Atlantic Theater Company after high school. But beyond that, Zosia has no formal acting training.

“People are like, ‘Did you train?’ I’m like: ‘No. I’ve read a lot of plays,'” she told the New York Times.

7. Before “Girls,” Zosia had smaller roles in shows like “Mad Men,” “Parenthood,” “United States of Tara” and the movie “The Kids Are All Right.”

8. Zosia was so sick during her table read audition for “Girls” that she has almost no memory of it!

9. Initially, Shoshanna Shapiro was supposed to be a smaller role. But Zosia’s audition changed that.

“She definitely shifted my original conception of the character, which was a much more tangential girl, whose main job was to illuminate how un-‘Sex and the City’ this world was,” Lena Dunham told the New York Times. “But Zosia’s read — her odd intonations, her roiling insecurity — gave me the sense that Shoshanna could be something much larger.

10. We still can’t get over this iconic monologue.

11. How well do the girls from “Girls” know each other? See below.

12. Jewish “Girls” co-star Jemima Kirke gave Zosia her first tattoo!

13. Now, she has a few more — including a matching tattoo with “The Flight Attendant” co-star Kaley Cuoco.

Plus, click here to listen to Zosia tell Drew Barrymore the special meaning behind the “boop” tattoos.

14. She began dating actor Evan Jonigkeit in 2013, and the couple got married in 2016.

15. Zosia has spoken publicly about her struggle with pelvic floor dysfunction:

16. In addition to acting, she’s also written a book! It’s called “My First Popsicle: An Anthology of Foods and Feelings” and it came out in 2022.

17. Since “Girls,” Zosia has starred in the shows “Dickinson,” “Harley Quinn,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and more. She’s also starred in movies like “Bleeding Hearts,” “The Boy Downstairs” and “Trolls Band Together.”

18. One of her upcoming projects is the Marvel movie “Madame Web.”

Evelyn Frick

Evelyn Frick (she/they) is a writer and associate editor at Hey Alma. She graduated from Vassar College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. In her spare time, she's a comedian and contributor for Reductress and The Onion.

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