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At first glance, you might not think that the War on Terror drama Zero Dark Thirty and edgy HBO sitcom Girls have very much in common, aside from both centering on a female protagonists. But as both are also directed (predominantly) by women, and offer controversial portrayals of contemporary women and the worlds they live and work in, there are actually some unexpected areas of crossover. While Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty stirred controversy over its portrayal of torture, Lena Dunham's Girls has draw criticism and praise for everything from the its casting, to Dunham's frequent nudity, and the show's self-aware assertions about being "the voice of a generation."
Recently keen comedienne Chelsea Davison poked fun at the latter by imagining what it would look like if Dunham auditioned for Jessica Chastain's role in Zero Dark Thirty, a parody that Dunham herself declared "very funny." The impression went viral, demanding a follow-up, which Davison has kindly provided. This time it's "Jessica Chastain" auditioning for the Girls pilot, and it's pretty fantastic.
When she's not doing spot-on impersonations of controversial icons, Davison works as a copywriter. Looking over her online portfolio, she does a fine job there. But I'm hoping that some savvy casting agent takes notice of her deft abilities at building sharp parodies of public figures and gives her a chance at a better venue than youtube. Davison's got some serious skills, as she nails not only the particular vocal inflections of Chastain and Dunham, but also manages a mockery that's funny but not cheap or mean-spirited. That's mockery Maya Rudolph stye, and we love it.
Even if something like Saturday Night Live doesn’t come calling, we'll be watching and waiting from more from Davison. You can too by following her on Twitter.