Synopsis: Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham showed three episodes of their new TV show GIRLS set to premiere on HBO in April. The show follows Hannah, a 20-something who has graduated from college but is still living off an allowance from her parents while working an unpaid internship. Hannah’s parents finally decide it’s time to cut her off. Hannah struggles to become independent in New York amidst sub-plots of various first world problems, like her ex-boyfriend being gay and new beau not texting her back.
Credits: Directed by and starring Lena Dunham, produced by Judd Apatow
When asked where she got inspiration for the show, Dunham pointed to herself.
“I experienced this moment after college that was extremely confusing, and a lot of my female friends, and my male friends as well, had experienced sort of the same thing.”
“When I pitched it to HBO, I gave the sort of pitch that you can only give if you’ve never done it before- ‘Here’s a show I’d like to watch. It’d be reallyfun.’”
Despite her inexperience, Judd Apatow took an interest and helped produce and mentor her throughout the project.
Apatow had seen Dunahm’s short film, Tiny Furniture, and was impressed. The short helped spur the premise for GIRLS.
“There’s no bongs, or penises, or pornography, so this is really new to me,” Apatow said.