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Episode 4: Girls

Lena Dunham talks about the awkwardness of both directing and acting in sex scenes, especially when pastries are involved.

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Writer/director Judd Apatow leads a lively panel featuring the writers and stars of the critically hailed, provocative series Girls. Lena Dunham talks about the awkwardness of simultaneously directing and acting in sex scenes, especially when pastries are involved, while Allison Williams reveals how shedding one’s inhibitions on set can be terrifying but ultimately liberating. Lena discusses the pros and cons of social media and how she copes with “the haters.” Alex Karpovsky and  Andrew Rannells talk about how much of themselves comes out in their characters and how they deal with being unlikely sex symbols. In a surprising answer to an audience member’s question about how the cast and crew stay grounded, Jenni Konner admits that the Girls team engages in meditation exercises on the set. Finally, for a show that takes place in New York City, not all of the panelists choose to take the subway away from the set. Those who avoid it relive some of the nastier self-grooming habits of subway riders they encountered in the past.