Lena Dunham has emotionally said goodbye to her hit show, “Girls”, with a touching series of Instagram posts and “45 minutes of sobbing.”
The actress, who has nabbed multiple awards for the HBO series, which she created and starred in, wrapped filming at 2 a.m. on Friday, then documented the difficult farewell on Instagram.
“This is the end of the largest and most potent chapter of my life so far,” wrote the 30-year-old actress. “Before “Girls”, I had zero identity, zero self-love and an urgent sense of untapped creative desire that kept me up and sweating at night in other people’s beds, wondering why vague sexual affirmation wasn’t enough to make me feel human.”
“I had hardly an inkling of the responsibility we take on when we tell stories, or of the power words can have, but what I had – as an obsessed fan of shows from “Girlfriends” to “Felicity” to “Ally McBeal” – was the audacity to think that people might want to see women like my friends and me (broken, imperfect, angry) on television,” continued the Golden Globe winner.
Dunham noted how she never dreamed she “could be so fulfilled” by making art and credited the series for helping her develop “an identity” and begin “my life in earnest.”
She also thanked the series’ crew for “putting up with my t*ts for six years,” and paid tribute to the show’s loyal fans.
“You’ve made me believe there was a place for the strange girls and the ones who don’t know how to love quite yet,” she wrote. “And I know you’ll give the same warm reception to all the radical & essential female voices coming to TV in the near future. Because we are just at the beginning of a golden era in which every woman — no matter her race, religion, body-type, or the gender assigned to her at birth — can tell her story and have it heard and recognized for its essential her-ness. Let’s all make sure of that together, okay? We must.”
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Girls Goodbye (1 of 3) It’s 2 am on Friday morning and we just finished shooting Girls. Forever. No insert shots of cell phones or exteriors to grab. We’re not missing a quick shot of Shosh marching down a Soho street. We’re finished. We did it all. Jenni called that final cut, I dropped my costume on our van floors (sorry Kristen, sorry I never hang my damned costume) and we got into our vans to head home for the last time. To say I don't enjoy goodbyes is an understatement. But, as a wise woman once told me, "relish it. We so rarely get to choose our goodbyes." She's right. And we got to choose this one. But that doesn't mean it's easy– I know I'm not alone in the Girls family when I say this is the end of the largest and most potent chapter of my life so far. Before Girls I had zero identity, zero self-love and an urgent sense of untapped creative desire that kept me up and sweating at night in other people's beds, wondering why vague sexual affirmation wasn’t enough to make me feel human. I had hardly an inkling of the responsibility we take on when we tell stories, or of the power words can have, but what I had- as an obsessed fan of shows from Girlfriends to Felicity to Ally McBeal- was the audacity to think that people might want to see women like my friends and me (broken, imperfect, angry) on television. When we shot our pilot six years ago, I never dreamed that I could be so fulfilled by the process of art-making, of collaboration, of honest expression. And so through this show I developed an identity, gained a new kind of family and began my life in earnest. It's an embarrassment of riches. There are too many essential personnel to name here, and the messages I have for them are far too intimate for this modern venue, but I trust I've made it clear who you are and what you mean to me. If I haven't, please feel free to demand explanations.
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Girls Goodbye (3 of 3) To the fans, you have blown our minds. You have made a big scary world seem small and intimate and I see blessings and safe havens everywhere because of the way you've normalized these experiences, the moments of being female that feel dark and unruly, that hurt like a gash. You've made me believe there was a place for the strange girls and the ones who don't know how to love quite yet. And I know you'll give the same warm reception to all the radical & essential female voices coming to TV in the near future. Because we are just at the the beginning of a golden era in which every woman– no matter her race, religion, body-type, or the gender assigned to her at birth– can tell her story and have it heard and recognized for its essential her-ness. Let's all make sure of that together, okay? We must. To the critics: you pushed us to grow and we did, even when the child in me wanted to stamp my feet and stand my ground. There is no greater gift than evolution. Thank you for that. To the cast & crew, the writers and producers, you will always be my comrades and I'd drop anything to be there for you at any time in your life. Thank you for accepting me, for creating a world of acceptance and for holding me through some of the toughest times I've known. Thank you for being fierce and creative. Thank you for putting up with my tits for six years, even when they got so, so boring. Thank you for making me feel like I was at the center of a trampoline of good will. To the men of Girls, both cast and crew, thank you for restoring my faith in the beauty and sensitivity that masculine strength can provide. Thank you for healing my fear and my heart. And the the women of girls, you are as bad as they come. Jenni and Judd: 🌝🌝🌝 Ilene and Gina 👊👊👊 Allison, Jem, Zosia 👯👯♂️ It's going to take awhile to understand the heartbreak of saying goodbye to these characters, these collaborators and this life. I barely remember another one. So… all my love. Yes, love is all I have for every single one of you (even the 16 year old who keeps telling me to blow him in the comments section, though I do feel concerned he's not being parented closely enuf.
The series debuted in 2012 and the sixth and final season is expected to premiere in early 2017.
Although Dunham was crying a river after wrapping her final scenes, she noted that the difficult farewell was also something to cherish.
“To say I don’t enjoy goodbyes is an understatement,” she wrote. “But, as a wise woman once told me, ‘Relish it. We so rarely get to choose our goodbyes.’ She’s right.”
See the actress team up with America Ferrera in a DNC speech in the video below.