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Lena Dunham reveals real reason HBO’s Girls has come to an end

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In just a few weeks, fans of HBO’s Girls will be forced to say goodbye to their favourite show after almost five years. And now, in an interview with Inside The Actors Studio, the show’s star and creator, Lena Dunham, has revealed that shooting the final scenes with her co-stars was “sadder than any break-up”.

Allison Williams, who plays Marnie Michaels on the show, agreed.

“I remember the most emotional moment I had was the last time I made eye contact with Lena as Hannah,” she said.

“It was so emotional that they were like, ‘We need another take but we're not gonna get it because Allison's gonna break down, so let's call it a day.’”

The 28 year old added: “We had to play these people for the last time, maybe ever.”

Lena Dunham and Allison Williams on Inside The Actors Studio

Lena Dunham and Allison Williams on Inside The Actors Studio

The stars of Girls have made no secret of the fact that they aren’t looking forward to bringing the show to a close – so it makes sense that James Lipton, who hosts Inside The Actors Studio, felt compelled to ask them why they had really chosen to bring Girls to an end.

And Dunham had the perfect answer.



“At a certain point girls become women,” explained the 30 year old, “and that's not the story that we set out to tell.”

Dunham went on to insist that holding Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna back from maturing any longer would leave the characters with “true, deep dysfunction” – although Williams joked that the characters had hit “rock bottom” many times over already.

“I keep asking Lena every year, like, ‘Did we hit rock bottom?’”

At this point, Dunham interrupted to say: “True life has no rock bottom, Allison, it keeps going down every year.”

Lena Dunham and fellow cast members Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams

Lena Dunham and fellow cast members Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams

Williams smiled at Dunham’s response, before turning to Lipton and revealing: “That’s the answer she gives me every year.”



Despite being incredibly close with her co-stars, Dunham went on to underline the fact that her most important working relationship on the show was with fellow producers, Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner.

She said: “I believe that a collaborative relationship is even more delicate than a romantic relationship - it's even more delicate than a parent-child relationship.

“It requires true trust because there's nothing keeping you there but your desire to make art together, and that is a really, really sacred bond that has to be taken seriously, and treated with the love and respect that you treat any relationship.”

Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, James Lipton, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet on Inside The Actors Studio

Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, James Lipton, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet on Inside The Actors Studio

It should come as no surprise, then, that they’re already dreaming up their next collaboration.

Who’s ready for the Girls movie?



During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Konner previously said: “We feel like no one necessarily needs to hear from us right now. But if someone wants to do the movie, we'll do it.”

And, while Dunham has said it feels right to end the show in its sixth series, given it followed characters navigating a very particular time period between university and ‘real life’, she says a film wouldn’t try to recreate that.

“I'd just want to leave enough space so that we are finding them in a super different place than we left them,” she said.

The sixth and final season of Girls will premiere Sunday on HBO. 

Images: Rex pictures / Bravo

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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