As critically acclaimed HBO hit “Girls” prepares to launch its final season, star/creator Lena Dunham says that if she could have done it all over again, she would have cast a more diverse group of female friends.
“I wouldn’t do another show that starred four white girls,” Dunham says in a new cover story for Nylon. “When I wrote the pilot I was 23… I was not trying to write the experience of somebody I didn’t know, and not trying to stick a black girl in without understanding the nuance of what her experience of hipster Brooklyn was.”
On the upcoming season, Dunham — an ardent Hillary Clinton supporter — says the presidential election was in the forefront while she was writing the episodes, noting that “we wrote in a climate where we were thinking a lot about this election, and the election was heating up as we shot the show, and that energy for sure made its way into how we tackled topics. I don’t mean to be demurring, but there are some big female issues, more than maybe ever before.”
Of course, that election didn’t wind up the way she had hoped it would, and she admits that’s going to make things a little weird when she begins doing promotion for the swan song season. “It’s going to be interesting promoting this show right after Trump is inaugurated,” she says. “The final season definitely tackles some topics that are complicated and wouldn’t be beloved by the incoming administration. Hopefully it’ll bring up important conversations, and not just become the worst Twitter abuse storm in history— or it will.”
You can read more in the February issue of Nylon. The sixth and final season of “Girls” premieres Sunday, Feb. 12.