In honor of America and all the pretty people that the country can claim as one of its own, I give you Jenny Lewis’ five greatest contributions to the entertainment world before forming Rilo Kiley, delivering two solo albums, and draping herself in an American flag at Battery Park on the Fourth of July. It was either this or a blog post on the five hats even worse than the one Conor Oberst was wearing.
Come with us to that strange and wonderful place, the other side of the jump.
Velveeta Cheese Commercial:
A sweater-vested Kirk Cameron may attempt to steal the spotlight here, but nothing can detract from lil’ Jenny’s overt enthusiasm over manufactured dairy products. Check out those bangs.
Kissing Scene in The Wizard:
Putting Kevin Arnold in his motherfucking place.
Teen Set Interview:
This clip is so chock-full of 90s awesomeness, it’s hard to zone in on just a few moments. An early favorite comes after Jenny reveals she’s been to Budapest-there’s a dramatic pause that should’ve won her an Oscar. Then at the four-minute mark comes an acting montage with hats that is pretty much the greatest thing I’ve ever seen until she’s jumping on a trampoline in a purple sweatsuit against misplaced circus music. She ends by urging her peers to go green, proving that even as a 15-year-old with Farrah hair, she’s more ahead of the curve than I will ever be. Please watch this. It won’t disappoint.
Her Role as Rita Faldes in Foxfire:
Teenage lust, cucumbers and a song!
Debbie Downer in Silent Night:
Way to put a stop to the party, Jen.
Bonus: A video for “The Frug,” one of the best Jenny-fronted songs that, for whatever reason, not a lot of people seem to know about. Notice that she’s gorgeous. I’m not at all jealous.