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Music / Jenny Lewis

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The voyager's in every boy and girl / If you want to get to Heaven, you'd better get out of this world... (Jenny around the release of The Voyager, c. 2014)

Jennifer Diane Lewis (born January 8, 1976 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is an American indie pop/rock/folk/alt-country musician.

Lewis began her career in the 1980s and early '90s as a child actress (appearing most famously in the films The Wizard and Troop Beverly Hills); however, she really came to do what she does best by embarking on a music career as the lead singer of the lo-fi indie rock band Rilo Kiley. A standout of the band, she eventually shifted to a solo career following the gradual amicable breakup of Rilo Kiley.

Post-Rilo Kiley albums:

  • Rabbit Fur Coat (2006; with the Watson Twins)
  • Acid Tongue (2008)
  • I'm Having Fun Now (2010; with Johnathan Rice as "Jenny and Johnny")
  • The Voyager (2014)
  • Nice as Fuck (2016; with the eponymous girl group)
  • On the Line (2019)
  • Joy'All (2023)

Acting roles on TV Tropes:

    Film roles 

    TV roles 

Tropes in Jenny Lewis' work:

  • Actor Allusion: The music video for "She's Not Me" makes references to many of her most famous roles as a child actress, including The Golden Girls, Troop Beverly Hills, The Wizard, and her commercials for Toys "R" Us.
  • Drag King: The music video for "Just One Of The Guys" depicts three of them, played by Brie Larson, Anne Hathaway and Kristen Stewart.
  • Girl Group: Nice as Fuck, which she founded with fellow indie-rockers Erika Forster (Au Revior Simone) and Tennessee Thomas (The Like) in 2016; they released a Self-Titled Album and did a tour that same year.
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: Nancy in "Late Bloomer" had eyes "changing like mood stones."
  • Murder Ballad: "Jack Killed Mom" is more or less what it says it is, although Jack didn't mean to kill Mom... (Maybe "manslaughter ballad" would be more accurate.)
  • My Biological Clock Is Ticking: Lamented in "Just One of the Guys":
    There's only one difference between you and me
    When I look at myself, all I can see:
    I'm just another lady without a baby
  • Pretty in Mink: The titular rabbit fur coat of "Rabbit Fur Coat"
  • One of the Boys: "Just One of the Guys" is rather a subversion, or at least a discussion: it's about how women really can't be "just one of the guys."