"Living the dream. One mistake at a time." Thus reads the billboard for HBO's new series, "Girls." But it could just as easily be my Twitter bio; I can attest that there are few times as fraught as the twenties, and few places as harrowing to weather them in as New York City. Writer-director-actor Lena Dunham knows it too and has channeled some of those experiences into her gritty comedy, which debuts Sunday at 10:30 p.m.
But before you take a seat on the coach this weekend with twenty-somethings Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna, we want to introduce you to the girls behind "Girls." Today, meet Lena, who plays Hannah.
Who she is: Lena's a 25-year-old Brooklyn native whose parents are artists. She graduated from Ohio's Oberlin College in 2008, where she studied creative writing and tried her hand at small film projects.
What she's done: Lena became something of an indie darling in 2010 thanks to her quirky feature "Tiny Furniture," about a recent college graduate trying to find her place in the world (sound familiar?). On the strength of "Tiny Furniture"'s tour through the film festival circuit, Lena landed a development deal with HBO and executive producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. She writes, directs and stars in "Girls."
Hannah according to Lena: "I would describe Hannah as a well-meaning, but often trouble-making, 24-year-old girl living in New York. She wants to be a writer but she doesn't realize in order to do that she actually has to write. Despite being plucky, her circumstances aren't always going her way, so it's about some of those challenges for her. She loves to eat and dance alone in her room."
Sounds like our kind of Girl!
Click on the video above to hear from all of the "Girls" at the series' recent premiere, and be sure to come back each day this week to meet Allison Williams, Jemima Kerke and Zosia Mamet.
Will you be tuning in to "Girls"? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!