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Thank god the Newsroom is coming back tomorrow! Here’s a photo I took of John Gallager Jr. at SXSW.
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Congrats to my bad ass friend Lena Dunham on her multiple Emmy nominations! Not one of which was a day time Emmy.
Girls was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, and she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series. Fucking impressive.
I might actually have to watch the Emmy Awards for the first time in my life.
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My TV acting debut is this Sunday! I have one line in a Girls episode about smoking crack in Bushwick.
I am 20 lbs heavier than I am now and I play “Mustache Guy”. Exciting.
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New episode of Girls on tonight. Excited because it’s the first one they didn’t show at the premires.
Speaking of premieres here is Lena Dunham and Mike Birbiglia eating mini cupcakes at the NYC premiere after party.
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Behind the scenes photos from Monday’s most talked about TV show: HBO’s Girls.
I photographed Jemima Kirke looking fucking awesome, Allison Williams eating a popsicle and Lena Dunham getting her makeup did. Good times.
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Make sure you watch Lena Dunham’s new show Girls tonight at 10:30pm on HBO! I have seen the first three episodes and they are fantastic.
Plus I am going to have a HUGE viewing party for my acting debut when episode 7 comes out. And by huge party I mean I am probably gonna go to one of my friends apartments and watch it there instead of illegally downloading it. I mean I have an entire line clearly someone’s gotta TIVO that shit.
Lesley is good peoples and Girls premieres tonight. See that shit motherfuckers. It’s well good.
Kate Carraway Interviews Lesley Arfin About Girls
You will already know Lesley Arfin from an earlier era of VICE and probably from her book, Dear Diary, which rules. Now she is a staff writer for HBO’s objectively near-perfect show Girls (see “Girl News: Girls and Girls” here), which will debut Sunday night, several months after the collective consciousness decided that Girls was all we would talk about and everything we would like this year. VICE talked to her about all of that stuff.
So, how did you get hired for the show? Actually, could you catch us up on what you’ve been doing work-wise since VICE?
Well, I really stopped working with VICE in 2007, when Dear Diary was published. After that I worked retail, went to India, became the editor at Missbehave magazine, and was on unemployment for a while. I got hired for the show when my writer friend, Nichole Beattie (she writes for The Walking Dead) told me about it. I had written a pilot and submitted it to be considered for the job. Lena Dunham, the show’s creator, was also familiar with Dear Diary so I was lucky in that respect (lucky that she liked the book!).
What do you do for the show, writing-wise? Do you focus on a particular character/kind of storyline/dialogue?
I’m a writer among writers. First season I was a staff writer, now we’re in the second season and I’m what is called a story editor. For every season in TV writing (usually) you go up a title, but I’m still pretty low-level so my responsibilities aren’t that concentrated.
So, what kind of conversations do the writers have about what to include and what not to? Obviously Lena’s focus is on her character’s body and the kind of hideous side of having sex with boys is really present. How do you prioritize which elements of the girl experience have to go in?
I don’t know. I actually disagree with the focus on Lena’s character being her body. I see Hannah as being more concerned with being treated well and fair and being heard. She wants badly to be heard—she’s just not sure what she wants to say. We don’t prioritize elements like, “Oh, we should talk about periods!” No. The show is not manipulative. Really, what we try to focus on is good storytelling… and funny stuff!
This is Jenni Konner. She is a total babe.
She is producing the upcoming HBO TV show Girls. When I visited my friend Lena Dunham on the set she liked my mustache and they gave me one line in episode 7 as “Mustache Guy”.
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