Lena Dunham’s new show Girls hit UK TV screens with the first two episodes airing on Sky Atlantic. We love the show and the cast, so we decided to put together a gallery of things you NEED to know about the hit show. Click through to find out more about Girls...
Lena Dunham’s hit TV show Girls has kicked off in the UK on Sky Atlantic (Mondays at 10pm from October 20th, 2012), with Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, and Allison Williams starring alongside her in the tales of four twenty-somethings in New York City. Lena plays Hannah Horvath, Allison takes on the uptight role of Marnie Michaels, painter Jemima Kirke plays Brit in NYC Jessa Johansson, and Zosia Mamet plays her American cousin, Shoshanna Shapiro. The male cast are fab too – Adam Driver plays Adam Sackler, Christopher Abbott plays Charlie, and Alex Karpovsky plays Ray Ploshansky, alongside supporting characters played by Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd, James LeGros, Andrew Rannells, and Kathryn Hahn. Click through to see lots of pictures from the series, and find out 25 things we think you NEED to know about the new TV show, Girls!
Meet Shoshanna Shapiro (played by Zosia Mamet), Jessa Johansson (Jemima Kirke), Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham), and Marnie Michaels (Allison Williams) – the girls from… well… Girls!
They’re here to fill that ‘four friends living in New York City’ hole in our lives left by Sex And The City… and although there’s a nod to that series in episode one, do not expect the same show!
Lena Dunham plays Hannah, who “believes she has the talent to be a great writer. You know, once she actually writes something. In the meantime, she’s trying to hold down a paying job now that her parents have cut her off financially and she’s without a safety net for the first time. Further complicating things is her unrequited passion for her pseudo-boyfriend Adam (boyfriend is the polite term for it) but she’s not sure she’s ready for something grown-up anyway.”
Zosia Mamet plays Shoshanna, who is “Jessa’s younger, bubblier American cousin. A virgin with Sex and the City dreams and Brooklyn nightmares, her friends tend to dismiss her as a suburban innocent, but she consistently proves to be a surprising source of wisdom.”
Jemima Kirke plays Jessa, who is “beautiful, British, an occasional nanny who has travelled to as many different countries as she’s had boyfriends. Back in New York for the first time in years, she moves in with her cousin Shoshanna, ready to shake up her friends’ lives a little bit.”
Allison Williams plays Marnie Michaels, who is “Hannah’s roommate and best friend. Highly responsible and very put-together, she has a very adult job at a very adult art gallery and a serious, long-term boyfriend – neither of which she can admit she might not love (or even like).”
Actress Allison Williams is the daughter of US TV news anchor Brian Williams, who now says he gets asked more about his daughter’s role on the show than his own long career!
Jemima Kirke was pulled into acting by her pal Lena – she’s a painter, mother… and also the daughter of British rock drummer Simon Kirke. Rock on!
All four actresses have famous parents – Zosia’s dad is playwright and director David Mamet, and her mother is actress Lindsay Crouse.
Meanwhile, Lena’s dad is pop-art painter Carroll Dunham, and her mother, Laurie Simmons, is a photographer and designer.
Lena says she pushes to be a storyteller as she thinks that it’s important to get more female stories that are actually *by* women out there: “There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman.”
Lena Dunham’s first full-length movie Tiny Furniture (which also co-starred Jemima) became a huge hit, winning two Independent Spirit Awards nominations for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay.
Lena happily bares all onscreen in the show, and responds to ridiculous criticism of her body like this: “Get used to it. Because I am going to live to be 100, and I am going to show my thighs every day till I die.”
Her first movie. Tiny Furniture, co-stars Lena’s mum and younger sister, Grace. It’s a must-watch if you love Girls as much as we do!
The characters are all pretty flawed, and we’ve definitely seen the traits of some of our friends in them (alright… and occasionally ourselves too…)
The male characters are really interesting too – here’s Hannah and her love interest / friend / something Adam – played by the brilliant Adam Driver – who definitely has his… quirks.
You can copy the style of the characters pretty affordably from the UK high street and charity shops. LOOK loves!
Get ready to see some recognisable faces filling the supporting cast, including Bridemaids’ Chris O’Dowd, Andrew Rannells, Katherine Hahn, and James LeGros.
Jemima still doesn’t think she’s a “real” actress. She told Salon, “I had to repeatedly remind myself that there is a reason why they chose me. And it was not because of a particular skill I have for acting necessarily, but something else: an energy, a presence, a character, etc. I had to trust in their vision and in my ability.”
Girls was nominated for five Emmy awards in 2012, and won one! We know this won’t be the last of the awards for Lena and her cast and crew.
Marnie and Charlie’s relationship is really well-written across the board. We really feel their pain!
The haphazardness is something we love that about Jessa’s style.
At the New Yorker festival, Lena explained one of the reasons that she writes: “I write hoping that my personal experience hoping others think that resonates so we can all feel less alone.”
Judd Apatow serves as executive producer on the show, alongside Lena, and helped her to hit the mainstream with her always-entertaining outlook on life.
Lena’s only 26. Really. We feel like we need to play catch-up.