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Overview (1)

Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Alex Karpovsky is an actor and director, known for Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Girls (2012) and Hail, Caesar! (2016).

Trivia (3)

Raised in Newton, MA he lives in Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY. He studied visual ethnography at world-famous University of Oxford.
His parents are Russian-Jewish immigrants, and his father is a professor of computer engineering at Boston University. Karpovsky says his mother 'doesn't speak a word of English'.
Originally, the character he plays in Girls (2012) was slated to be called 'Karnovsky," but was later changed to Ray'.

Personal Quotes (11)

If I only acted, I feel like I wouldn't have enough creative expression over my own sensibility, and also if I only acted, the notion of surrendering my fate and future to other people is deeply unsettling to me and it would make me uncomfortable.
I try to preserve whatever balance society has between public and personal life. I never try to eat on the subway. I never try to listen to loud music on the subway.
If you film a scene in a wide shot, especially a disturbing, distressing moment, I do feel like that helps you feel as though you're the room with these people, instead of cutting it up and getting close - which you wouldn't be doing if you were actually in a room with these people.
I'm from Boston, and I get easily overwhelmed in New York, so I go to Boston and stay with my parents for a few months at a time to write, or edit, or just to cry.
'Rubberneck' has nothing to do with comedy, nor does it follow comedic people.
My favorite types of movies to watch as a viewer are thrillers - I really have a soft spot for them, I love them. Especially psychological thrillers.
To feel nervous; to feel threatened and vulnerable and alive and engaged in that sense when interacting with someone you're really attracted to? I think that's wonderful. That's usually the best part. In fact, it's almost always downhill from there.
I like directing myself; I feel like it's one less person to give notes to. There's an efficiency in it. I'm also kind of a control freak. So I like the fact that it gives me more control in the overall picture.
What I try to do often when I'm acting and what I like when I'm seeing good acting is how authentic it is. How true is this to what I know of the world that's been created for me? The ultimate test for me is, like, if I heard a clip of it on the radio, I'd like the audience not to know if I'm acting.
What I like in comedies are really two things: stories that are character-driven and stories that are rooted in authenticity.
My day-to-day local issues are rooted in an underlying fear of death.

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