The DVD of the second series of ‘Girls’ comes out soon and we’ve had a sneak peek. As well as the 10 episodes, the DVD features amazing extras like a roundtable interview between Lena Dunham and the male stars of the show, plus some illuminating audio commentaries on each of the episodes featuring the likes of executive producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. Here are 10 Things we've learned from our viewing that you probably, possible didn't know...
1) Lena Didn't Really Take Drugs
In episode three, Bad Friend, we witness Hannah going clubbing with Elijah, losing their minds to Icona Pop and snorting cocaine. It turns out the actors were actually snorting B-12 Vitamin.
2) There's A Teen TV Tribute
During the round-table discussion, Lena Dunham reveals that the personality types of the Adam and Charlie characters were "a paradigm" based on Brian and Jordan from My So Called Life and Ben and Noel from Felicity. Although unlike those classic TV show "types", Adam and Charlie aren't part of a dramatic ‘love triangle’, it's understood that Adam is the ‘Alpha’ type and Charlie the ‘Beta’ dude in Girls.
3) Ray Had A Different Name
Ray’s character was originally called "Karpovsky" after actor Alex Karpovsky, who starred with Lena Dunham in her pre-Girls film Tiny Furniture.
4) Charlie’s Name Came From Google
"Charlie Dattolo" was so named after Lena Dunham was searching for “Italian surnames” on Google on found ‘Dattolo’. It was the fifth name on the list. How very "Hannah" of her!
5) Elijah Gets Heckled
Andrew Rannells (Elijah) says that strangers come up to him and say ‘you’re dad is gay!’ in reference to the Series 1 scene when Hannah meets up with her former boyfriend in a tense bar scene.
6) Charlie Came Before Marnie
According to Lena Dunham, they cast the part of Charlie (Christopher Abbott) before the part of Marnie (Allison Williams).
7) That Scene Was 'Uncomfortable'
The penultimate episode in the series On All Fours provoked a fair level of outrage. The controversial scene featured Adam (Adam Diver) and his new girlfriend Natalia (Shiri Appleby) having a questionable sexual encounter. Was it consensual? Speaking about the scene, Lena Dunham says: “So much of human sexuality falls in a middle ground. It’s uncomfortable, but it’s important to portray that,” before quoting Amy Poelher’s term “grey rape”.
8) This Was Supposed To Be A Carey Cut
In the season finale Together Hannah goes and gives herself a self-administered haircut, attempting to replicate Carey Mulligan’s pixie do. As you'll may remember, it all goes a bit "Pete Tong" but in the DVD commentary Lena gives a shout out the the actress, proclaiming: “She’s the cutest person living in the US or UK.”
9) It Certainly Is A Dramedy
A masterful mix of awkward humour and eye moistening drama, can Girls really call itself a comedy? Yes it can! According to Judd Apatow they have a rule of thumb. “If we have five moments that people laugh at, we can call it a comedy,” he says.
10) The Happy Endings Were 'Kind Of A Joke'
Together went in for big happy endings, with Marnie back with Charlie and Hannah and Adam reunited. But was it too schmaltzy and out of keeping with the tone of the rest of the series? “It was kind of a joke,” Lena Dunham reveals, “we went for a super sunny, ‘Sandra Bullock’ feel. (The ending) was both sincere and commenting on (those) movies.”
Girls Season 2 DVD and BluRay are out on 12 August