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Will the Girls Get Their Happy Endings? Lena Dunham Opens Up About the HBO Hit’s Series Finale

The cast of HBO’s GIRLS photographed on January 31st 2017 by Robyn Twomey for People Magazine in New York City
Girls Cast photographed at HBO Studios Jan 31, 2017 ©Robyn Twomey 2017

After six seasons, Lena Dunham’s Girls, the television touchstone for the millennial generation, will wrap up for good this spring. So will the characters all get the happy endings the viewers have been hoping for? Maybe … and maybe not.

“Every year I ask Lena if this is the one where Marnie will be fixed,” says Allison Williams, 28. “She’s always like, ‘Oh yeah because that’s what makes great TV — watching the girl who has it all figured out!’”

Jemima Kirke, 31, who plays Jessa, says that there won’t be any finality for her character. “But I don’t think I needed it,” she says. “It just needed to end for her somewhere.”

And although Dunham, 30, remains mum about what will happen to her character Hannah, the writer who’s perpetually at odds with where she’s going versus where she thinks she should be, she says at least one character will get the happy ending she always imagined.

“Zosia [Mamet], who plays Shoshanna, has the most traditionally happy ending because Shoshanna always dreamed of having that Sex and the City ending. So we wanted to give it to her. I cried during her last scene. It was like watching someone grow up.”

Says Mamet, 28: “The show is ending, but it’s not really wrapped up. It’s not supposed to feel final.”

The one thing Dunham can admit is that she will certainly be working with her costars again down the road, despite the show being over.

“Whenever I look at a project, I think of them and how they can be involved,” she says. “Because finding people you can be creative with? That’s harder than finding someone you can sleep with.”

Source: People

Gender divide splitting the cast of HBO drama series

They are the four faces instantly recognisable to a generation of fans who embraced their post-Sex And The City coming-of-age in New York City.

So it seems remarkable that most of the cast of millennial cult TV series Girls — which has just wrapped its sixth and final season — are struggling to find work.

In fact, the single breakout star from the controversial HBO drama isn’t a girl at all — and his four castmates Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams believe that is a big factor in his success.

While Adam Driver has parlayed his role as a serial boyfriend on Girls into a stellar film career, including a key part in the Star Wars franchise as Kylo Ren, his female co-stars say they are largely overlooked.

Kirke, who plays Jessa, says her career options are far more limited than the those of 33-year-old Driver, who plays her boyfriend Adam in season six.

“We don’t get a lot of job offers, not like you would expect,” Kirke told News Corp Australia.

“I mean I can give you the five roles that get asked of us to do.

“Mine are like tough girl with undertone of sadness, I cannot read another script about a bad bitch who’s actually sad in the end and that was what the whole problem was.
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Watch Jemima Kirke, Shiri Appleby in Trailer For Refinery29’s ‘Strangers’ (Exclusive)

The drama series stars Zoe Chao as a young woman who begins renting out her spare bedroom.

What happens when you open your home up to complete strangers? That’s what one young woman finds out in a new series coming to Refinery29.

Strangers, from R29, Beachside and Jesse Peretz (Girls), takes Isobel on a journey of self-discovery with her lesbian best friend as she begins renting out her spare bedroom in a final attempt to keep the home she loves.

The series, created and directed by Mia Lidofsky, stars The Comeback‘s Zoe Chao as Isobel and Search Party’s Meredith Hagner as best friend Cam. Shiri Appleby, Jemima Kirke, Jemaine Clement and Langston Kerman all appear as a rotating cast of house guests who help Isobel grapple with career dissatisfaction and her newly discovered bisexuality.

Announced during the Digital Content NewFronts last spring, the series is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Short Form Episodic Showcase. It will debut on the Refinery29 website later this year.

Refinery29 also has two short films in the festival, Come Swim from director Kristen Stewart and Lucia, Before and After from director Anu Valia.

Strangers was written by Jim Strouse and Lidofsky. Sara Murphy, Jason Baum and Riel Roch-Decter serve as producers. Peretz, Michael B. Clark, Lidofsky and Alex Turtletaub executive produced alongside Refinery29’s Amy Emmerich, Shannon Gibson and Stone Roberts. Celia Rowlson-Hall guest directed and co-executive produces.

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Inside ‘Inside the Actors Studio’: Backstage With James Lipton and the ‘Girls’ Cast

Inside ‘Inside the Actors Studio’: Backstage With James Lipton and the ‘Girls’ Cast

For the first time in 22 seasons, James Lipton let a journalist backstage at an ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ taping. With the Girls cast milling about, we talk about… everything.

There is a whirl of chaos that surrounds him on this frigid December night, roughly an hour before he’ll hit the stage to film the next Season 22 episode of Inside the Actors Studio. Lena Dunham, toting several bags and a respectable entourage, breezes by, chirping a giddy, “Hi! Hi! Hi!” to everyone as she passes.

People in headsets are shuttling Girls cast members into green rooms scattered in the hallway of Pace University—Dunham, along with co-stars Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet, will be the episode’s guests—while production assistants direct audience traffic and bustle around backstage in final preparations for the taping.

But standing calm in the middle of the storm is James Lipton. This is the 266th time he’s done this since 1994, after all, and he has his rituals.

“Rule number one: Turn off the cellphone,” he whispers to me in that regal articulation that, turns out, isn’t just for TV but Lipton’s everyday speech.

In a makeshift dressing room teeming with publicists, assistants, and sound guys manipulating his suit jacket to mic him up, he manages to lock eye contact with me, as if we’re the only people in the room and not surrounded by utter pandemonium.

“Rule number two: Tape down the mic,” he continues, his serenity suddenly interrupted by panic. His eyes dart around until he sees them: the roughly 10-inch stack of large blue index cards. His Bible, marked up with post-it tabs and highlighters and five hours of research for questions he plans to ask the Girls cast.
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Here’s The Backstory Of Adam & Jessa’s Girls Romance

In the world of Girls, Adam and Jessa’s relationship counts as a seismic event. Though the show has never truly lived up to the pre-release hype that it would define a generation, it has become one of the finest half hour dramas on television through devotion to its characters. And, like any earthquake, the friction that brought Adam and Jessa together was foundational.

Lena Dunham said that the actors’ chemistry meant that they had to be together.

“The first time we saw [Jemima Kirke and Adam Driver] act together, we realized, ‘These two weirdos need to spend time together and bang bits’,” Dunham told Vulture at the show’s season six premiere.

Dunham’s co-showrunner, Jenni Konner, wanted to make sure that they knew where they were headed before they went down that road.

“I thought for a long time that it seemed pretty inevitable that two people with that kind of explosive energy would be drawn to each other,” Konner said. “And I worried about what it would do to Jessa and Hannah’s friendship, so I fought it for a long time.”

Even as actors, Jemima Kirke and Adam Driver seem tailor-made for each other. Kirke is notoriously blasé about fame, working with Dunham only as a concession to their longstanding friendship. Though she’s an undeniable on-screen presence, there’s a reason you don’t see her in many other roles. Driver, by contrast, is committed to reaching the peak of his commercial and technical potential. Still, their intensities work. After all, puzzle pieces require an absence to fit.

Source: Refinery 29 (UK)

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