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Jenny Lewis Pokes Fun At Her Days As A Child Actress In New Music Video

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Before she was the Rilo Kiley frontwoman or a solo artist in her own right, Jenny Lewis was a child actress who had bit parts on Golden Girls and Troop Beverly Hills. She revisits the roles that didn't quite make her famous with her friends who are in her latest music video for "She's Not Me."

Lewis begins the video in jail—a stopover for so many washed-up child actresses (like her more notorious freckle-faced contemporary who just got off probation). Then Vanessa Bayer, Zosia Mamet, Feist and Fred Armisen show up to help her parody her roles from the 80s and 90s. She told Buzzfeed, "The video is about former identities and incarnations of one’s self. It’s a super meta retrospective on my career."

Once we watched the video, we were curious to see the originals. Here she is on the Golden Girls:

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And here, again, she's playing a girl scout (typecast!) in Troop Beverly Hills at the 1:29-minute mark:

And here she is a little older and much less of a girl scout in Pleasantville:

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And in a commercial where she just had to have her Pops: