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Marnie is based upon Audrey Gelman, Lena Dunham's real-life best friend. As a tip to that, Gelman was cast in the role of Marnie's rival.
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The character of Shoshanna wasn't supposed to be recurring, but creator Lena Dunham liked Zosia Mamet's performance so much that kept her on the show as a regular, because they saw potential for exploring the character thanks to Mamet's talent.
Adam Driver had to repeatedly fly back and forth between New York and London between seasons 3 and 4 to film Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
Jemima Kirke had to be convinced by Lena Dunham to take the role of Jessa, because Kirke didn't (and doesn't) have a long-term interest in acting, compared to her focus on her thriving career as a painter and artist.
The four main characters' names are all alliterative (Hannah Horvath, Marnie Michaels, Shoshanna Shapiro and Jessa Johansson).
Judd Apatow stated he hoped the show would provide men with an insight into "realistic females".
The fourth season was green-lit two days before premiere of the third season.
Lena Dunham's self-financed 2010 independent film Tiny Furniture (2010) served as the template for the series, which also featured cast members Alex Karpovsky and Jemima Kirke.
All four main actress Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, and Allison Williams have famous parents in some regard. Lena Dunham's parents are photographer Laurie Simmons and painter Carroll Dunham. Jemima Kirke's parents are fashion designer Lorraine Kirke and rock musician Simon Kirke. Zosia Mamet's father is writer David Mamet and mother is actress Lindsay Crouse. Allison Williams's father is NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.
Brian Williams occasionally shows up in the sets to watch his daughter Allison Williams (Marnie) film her scenes.
Allison Williams has a clause in her contract for this show stipulating that she will not do any full nudity.
After facing criticism in the media over the all white cast and lack of ethnic diversity in the first season of the show, creator Lena Dunham created a role specifically for Donald Glover.
On July 14, 2016, Peter MacNicol (who plays Jeff Kane on the TV series Veep) was Emmy-nominated in the outstanding guest actor in a comedy series category. However, less than a week later, a Hollywood Reporter article reported that his nomination was rescinded when the Academy of Television and Arts and Sciences, the body that awards the Emmys, determined that MacNicol had appeared on too many episodes in one season (5 out of a total of 10) to be considered eligible as a guest. The Academy's qualification for "guest" status rests on having appeared in fewer than 50% of a season's total episodes; MacNichol appeared in only about 10 seconds of that fifth episode, but he was still disqualified. The Academy also specified that the new nominee would be the actor who originally won the next-highest number of votes without actually being nominated. Several days after MacNichol's disqualification, that actor turned out to be Peter Scolari, who was nominated for playing Tad Horvath on Girls. On September 10, 2016, Peter Scolari actually won that Emmy.
Adam Driver has never seen the show due to his refusal as an actor to ever watch his own performances onscreen.
The celebrity connections of actors and members of the creative team of Girls (2012) continue to expand: the cast includes the daughters of David Mamet, Brian Williams and Simon Kirke, the composer is Sean Penn's brother and three episodes have been directed by the son of publisher Martin Peretz. In addition, actress Audrey Gelman, who's been featured in two episodes, is a former press aide to Hillary Clinton who now serves as the press officer for Manhattan's Borough President.
Peter Scolari, who plays Hannah's father, used to star with Tom Hanks in the 1980s sitcom "Bosom Buddies", while Tom Hanks's wife, Rita Wilson, plays Marnie's mother.
It was Lena Dunham's idea to conclude the show in six seasons.
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Ironically, despite playing the most care-free character in the cast, Jemima Kirke was in real-life the only one of the"girls" to be married at the time of filming the first season, and had given birth to her first child only three weeks before the shoot.
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Hannah (Lena Dunham) is the only character to appear in every episode, though her role in Girls: The Panic in Central Park (2016) is limited to a few seconds of screen time without any dialogue.
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Shiri Appleby was actually shadowing as a director on set when Lena Dunham offered her the role of Natalia.
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The four titular characters - Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna - only appear together in twelve scenes over the entire series.
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Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman and Jenny Slate were all in the movie Obvious Child.
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Jemima Kirka revealed in an interview promoting the final season that she wanted to leave the show after season 2 because she didn't feel good acting.
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Although the cast aged past their characters' age in the show's time-line, Lena Dunham was actually Hannah Horvath's stated age of 24 when the pilot was filmed.
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The song used in the trailer for the third season is "Ways to Go" by Grouplove.
Marnie's father and Jessa's mother are the only parents of the four titular leads to never make an appearance.
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Dakota Johnson auditioned for this show. Unfortunately, didn't get the part but got offered to audition for 5-Year Engagement by Judd Apatow. Later, becoming widely known through her talents in Fifty Shades of Grey, Black Mass and many more.
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Despite being credited for Season 4 Episode 4 "Cubbies" Andrew Rannells does not actually appear in the episode. This is the only time in the series, thus far, that an actor is credited for an episode they are not in.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Christopher Abbott (Charlie) left the show before the third season started filming because of creative differences with creator Lena Dunham, resulting in the relationship of Charlie and Marnie ending abruptly off-screen between the second and third season.

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