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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Girls
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Girls

After six seasons, 62 episodes and an awful lot of laughs, HBO’s hugely successful comedy drama Girls is at an end and its final season arrives on DVD.

The origins of the show began in 2010 with Lena Dunham’s super lo-fi movie Tiny Furniture, a $65,000 comedy drama about a college graduate who returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life which drew rave reviews on the festival circuit. That movie caught the attention of super producer Judd Apatow who asked Dunham if she would collaborate with him on a pilot for HBO, she agreed and came back to him with Girls.

The shows follow the everyday travails, highs, lows, hook-ups, break-ups and endless awkwardness of four very different twenty-something girls. There’s Hannah, the aspiring writer; Marnie, the kooky art gallery assistant and cousins Jessa and Shoshanna.

Lena Dunham stars as Hannah, with Allison Williams playing Marnie, Jemima Kirke as Jessa and Zosia Mamet as Shoshanna.

Adam Driver, he now of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, had a long-term supporting role as love interest Adam, with Alex Karpovsky, Andrew Rannells, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Jake Lacy also making regular appearances. 

To celebrate the arrival of the show’s final season on DVD (you can purchase it on the right-hand side of the page), we went right back and present 10 things you might not know about Girls...

 

The girls are hardly on screen together…

Strange though it might seem given the concept of the show, but all four girls only share 12 scenes together across the show’s six seasons!

 

Allison Williams has a nudity clause…

There’s been plenty of explicit stuff over the show’s six seasons, but Allison Williams was never part of that, in fact, she had a clause inserted in her contract to say that she could never be nude on screen.

 

Adam Driver has never seen the show…

That’s nothing personal in regards to Girls, he just never watches his own performances on screen. That even applies to The Force Awakens...

 

Amy Schumer auditioned to play Shoshanna…

The comedian went up for the role but lost out to Zosia Mamet. She would go on to make a small appearance in the show, turning up in two episodes, including a particularly brilliant cafe scene...

 

Dakota Johnson tried and failed to get on the show…

Johnson was one of the early tryouts for the show but failed to secure the part. She did, however, impress Judd Apatow enough to secure a role in The Five-Year Engagement.

 

There have some excellent guest stars…

As well as Amy Schumer, the likes of Donald Glover, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, Rogue One stars Ben Mendelsohn and Felicity Jones, Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto and director Spike Jonze have all turned up in the show at one time or another.

 

In fact, Shoshanna was actually only supposed to be a guest star…

Dunham originally conceived the role of Shoshanna as a brief one, certainly not a recurring one, but after seeing Zosia Mamet in action in the part she quickly changed her mind and Mamet became one of the girls...

 

The University of Iowa didn't want the show to shoot there...

In the show’s fourth season Dunham’s Hannah secures a spot in the Writer’s Program at the University Of Iowa and naturally wanted to film on campus, but the university weren’t up for it at all. In the end State University of New York ended up doubling for the Iowa campus.

 

Christopher Abbott quit because he hated the show…

Abbott had a long-run on the series as Charlie, the ex-boyfriend of Williams’ Marnie, but did not return after season two. The formal version of why he left is that he wanted to move on to other projects, the unofficial version is that he didn’t like the direction the show was going in and was down on the show in the media, bringing the wrath of Dunham and HBO and the end of his time on Girls.

 

Jemima Kirke came up with a novel way of getting into character…

Not a trained actress, Kirke has been open about wanting to leave the show several times during the early days and her struggle to get into character as Jessa. Looking for a solution, she came up with an interesting idea, what if she wore her own clothes? It seems to have helped, she’s lasted the distance...

 

The final season of Girls is out now on DVD and available here in hmv’s online store.

To check out the show’s full back catalogue in hmv’s online store, click here.

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