That awkward time period for women of being stuck in between graduating college and discovering your life's purpose did not have a voice until Lena Dunham created one.
“Girls,” which is set to air April 15 on HBO, explains the real issues girls, rather women, in their 20s go through, the relationships with girlfriends and boyfriends, the careers and those hilarious moments life serves up.
The series has Dunham's name and ideas all over it as she wrote as she wrote, directed and starred in the series, but Dunham said she could not have pulled it off without the collaborative guidance of executive producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner.
The first three episodes aired March 12 during the SXSW Film Festival and we are introduced to Hannah (played by Dunham), an aspiring writer who has just been cut off financially from her parents. Hannah has been interning for free at a publishing company and when she inquiries about being paid for her work, she finds herself jobless.
She lives with her best friend Marnie (played by Allison Williams, daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams), who has a loving boyfriend of four years and a great job and is trying to understand why she is not satisfied with either.
Their college friend Jessa, a free-spirited British hippie who returns to New York pregnant, and Jessa's cousin Shoshanna, a New York University virgin, also enter the scene.
Dunham said these characters are hybrids between the people she knows and archetypes of females she wants to see represented on TV.
“Through casting, everything changed in a wonderful way,” she said.
During a panel on the series March 13, Apatow described how he came to produce the series. He said he loved Dunham's “Tiny Furniture,” which garnered much attention during the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and won Best Narrative Feature.
“I felt very much a kindred spirit with what she's trying to do,” he said. “It did remind me of aspects of stories I like, underdog stories, coming of age stories,” said the producer of “Freaks and Geeks.”
Co-executive producer Ilene Landress, who worked on the “Sopranos,” shared her more expereienced knowledge with a cast and crew that is a little more green.
“You sort of point them in the right direction,” she said. “Most of it for these guys was getting them used to working with a bigger crew.”