1 | It’s called “Girls”, but is also about guys.
The male characters help us understand the girls’ feelings, ambitions and relationships. If you’re anything like me, you’re very intrigued and confounded by the mysterious workings of the female mind. The title is an invitation to learn more about the opposite, confusing gender.
2 | Hipsters make for good drama.
Lena [Dunham, creator of Girls] was 24 or 25 when she started the show and the world she was familiar with had a lot of hipsters in it. There’s a lot of self-awareness that hipsters typically seem to negotiate – that’s good fodder for drama.
Adam Driver and Lena Dunham in Girls
3 | It’s wall-to-wall sloppy sex. Ever had that?
Sex is not always models banging in bubble baths by candlelight. Sometimes it’s very awkward, confused and sloppy. If a lot of guys are only exposed to “perfect” sex on TV, then ultimately they’ll be disillusioned, disappointed and disoriented in their own sexual lives and there’s no need to be.
4 | Ray – 33, over-caffeined, over-articulate and living in his car – is a relatable kind of dude.
He’s a master self-saboteur. Smart, but he does sometimes nurture negativity (or “critical thinking”) that can paralyse him. Though he has convictions and wit and is somewhat well-read, he is working in a coffee shop and is emotionally not as mature as he’d like.
5| Young men will identify with the show’s characters and their personal lives.
Every character is nurturing a crisis and that’s because we’re trying to make a show that’s rooted in reality. The men are not as old as Tony Soprano or Walter White, so their problems might not be rooted in health, business or family. They’re dealing with being in their twenties or thirties in New York and finding their footing socially, emotionally, professionally, existentially.
Allison Williams as Marnie
6 | Even the hot chick (Allison Williams) is a trainwreck (though a very attractive one).
The more we get to know her, the more we understand there’s a lot of confusion. There are a lot of demons at play, but she was very good at disguising them early on, so in that sense it feels more of a revelation when we see it in her.
7 | You don’t want to be missing out on the voice of a generation, do you? (no, you do not.)
In a lot of comedies, everyone is so fast, but in Girls, the comedic timing is more reflective of the way people normally talk. Because Lena wears so many hats on the show – producer, writer, director, star – it allows for her sensibility to be expressed in a way that’s really uncompromised. She’s a real artist.
8 | The new series has lots of weird, misguided sex. Set the Sky Plus.
There are going to be so many interesting relationships and allegiances that are formed, betrayals that go down, weird, misguided sexual escapades that unfold. There are a lot of bizarre things in season three. It’s a lot funnier, and not necessarily as dark as season two. It’s a really good one.
Girls premieres on Sky Atlantic, 20 January
Taken from Esquire's February issue, on newsstands now.