Raised in Newton, MA, he lives in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY. He studied visual ethnography at the 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.