Heights Resident Lena Dunham Is Creator Of HBO’s New Series ‘Girls’

HBO’s upcoming series, “Girls,” which follows four young women in “post-collegiate drift, struggling in a difficult New York job market, chafing at conventional ideas of womanhood and dealing with male counterparts on a different wavelength,” stars and is produced by Lena Dunham—who grew up in and is soon relocating back to Brooklyn Heights. The show premieres Sunday, April 15.

In a recent interview, it is revealed that 25-year-old Dunham was raised in Soho, Brooklyn Heights and Tribeca, and attended St. Ann’s School in the Heights. She is also planning to move back to the neighborhood, the article says. Her mother is photographer and artist Laurie Simmons and her father is renowned painter Carroll Dunham.

Dunham’s previous work includes breakout film, 2010’s “Tiny Furniture,” a $25,000 indie that stars herself, her mother and younger sister, Grace.

The HBO show—whose cast comprises Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet—is already drawing lofty praise. New York magazine writer Emily Nussbaum writes, “From the moment I saw the pilot of ‘Girls,’ I was a goner, a convert. I ‘got’ the characters. The series felt to me like a gift.”

The first profile adds that it reflects “an uncommonly mature storyteller with natural instincts for autobiographical filmmaking and neurotic portraits of her self-absorbed 20-something generation. It’s both true and a self-parody: a balance of sympathy and critique for Millenials that runs throughout ‘Girls.'”

Read the full profile here; and the New York magazine story here.

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