I think it is especially relevant if you are in your 20's and trying to make it in Cape Town - which I think has the same kind of "New York-ness" in the sense that it's not easy to make it here, but we all want to be here so desperately that we will do anything it takes.
I've never really been able to connect with any of the characters in any of the shows I've loved. I've never thought "ah yes, she is totally living my life right now" while watching The OC or Friends or especially, Sex and the City. But Girls...well, Girls is different. The characters are so easy to relate to. Their beauty is palatable. They have cellphones and Facebook. Their situations are realistic. Their relationships are realistic. They are me, basically. I see a little bit of myself in each of them- whether I like it or not.
The show is written and co-directed by 24 year-old super-human, Lena Dunham...who also happens to star in the show. Which is, I think, part of the reason this show is so real- it's not being written by a now older-and-wiser 40 year old who was in her 20's in a time before social media and the awkwardness it brings to human relationships.
She's probably my new hero (definitely). This weekend I watched a few (well...more than a few) interviews with Lena online and maybe I got swept up in the Lena-hype and maybe I live in a fantasy world... but after about the sixth interview, I could totally see us being friends.
And after about the eighth interview...one of which was 39 minutes long...I may have gone into a Lena-induced stupor and foolishly Googled her contact details, certain that we could and should be pen-pals and/or friends IRL. What, like you haven't done it? Whatevs.
Supporting Cast Talks About Lena Dunham
If you have 39 minutes... I'd like you to meet your new best friend.
Lena Dunham Talks About Her New Show
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