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It is not a huge surprise, that former actress Leelee Kimmel (born Sobieski) exchanges the red carpet for quiet days in the studio painting. Already as a child, she watched her father, painter Jean Sobieski, working in the family’s NYC living room. Kimmel eventually became a rising Hollywood star after a appearance in Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 thriller 
Eyes Wide Shut – but even at the set, she covered the inside of her trailers in plastic so she could paint. “I always said, ‘I don’t want to act. I paint’. Now aged 34, she paused Hollywood and is ready to let the painter out. “Panting is like it’s a vomit of what’s going on inside of me and in the world.” After having a work includd in Marborough’s group show last summer, she just opened her first solo show with a pretty cool crowd attending at Brooklyn’s Journal gallery.

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“In my paintings there’s a lot about energy and vibrations and the whole world being connected,” Kimmel explained, contrasting that sense of control to the experience of being on a film set. “If you’re on a crew and 150 people are pushing for you to fall in love with somebody else, everybody is rooting for it. That’s the energy of a lot of people, but it’s fake.”

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Kimmel is married to fashion designer Adam Kimmel since 2009 and has two kids. Their Tribeca loft was also featured in Vogue and as you can imagine its incredibly stylish – as well as filled with amazing pieces of art:  The couple are passionate art collectors and own works by artists including Raymond PettibonGeorge Condo
 and Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss).

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