In a separate but nearby universe, the most talked-about new show on premium cable is Boys. Created by Philip O’Keeffe, the 25-year-old grandson of painter Georgia O’Keefe, the show follows four male friends in Brooklyn, NY who are busy trying to become who they are.
GQ: I read that you and Lena first talked after you sent her an email about Tiny Furniture, the 2010 movie she wrote, directed and starred in. Do you remember what you wrote to her?
Judd Apatow: That’s a very good question. I don’t remember what I said. [To Lena, who is in the room with him.] Lena, what did I say in my e-mail?
Lena Dunham: The title of the e-mail was “From Judd Apatow.” I thought it was my friend Isabel pranking me. He said, “I saw your movie. I cried, which is not rare for me. But I laughed out loud, which is rare.” Then he said a few things he liked that were really nice. Then he said, “If you ever want someone to give you a lot of money and screw everything up, we should talk.”
GQ: That’s awesome. I love that you have it committed to memory.
Lena Dunham: Oh my God. I have an e-mail called Very Important Work E-mails. All that’s in there is Judd’s and another email where somebody wrote something really mean to me. Okay, I’m gonna give you back to Judd.
Judd Apatow: I don’t remember being so witty.
If Allison Williams looks ever so vaguely familiar, it might be because you saw her slow-jam cover of Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok,” which she recorded while she was an undergrad at Yale (and which got five million views on YouTube). Or you might remember her playing Kate Middleton in Funny or Die’s sketch about the royal wedding. (“I had no idea he was so fucking bald,” she says to the camera, Prince William sitting forlornly by her side.) Or possibly her sultry remix of the Mad Men theme song, set to Nat King Cole lyrics, which earned the 23-year-old actress her first major role as an uptight Brooklynite on Girls, HBO’s startlingly sex-soaked, Judd Apatow-produced new comedy series about four college grads struggling to get by in New York. But there is another explanation: Williams looks ever so vaguely like her father, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. GQ contributor Mickey Rapkin spoke with the sexier Williams. Our favorite bit below. The full read is here.
Will men watch this show?
Um, it’s called Girls.
OK, but it’s not set at Hooters. They might be afraid it’s Sex and the City: Brooklyn.
A lot of guys I know loved Sex and the City. They’ll take it to their grave, but they watched every episode of it. Occasionally they’ll scare you with a reference to Mr. Big.
The show is very explicit—and dark. You masturbate against a door at a party. Are you nervous about people seeing that?
I’d be worried about myself as a human if I hadn’t been nervous. But I’m playing a character and I found that very reassuring.
What are you worried about your parents seeing?
They know I’m acting. And they’re not the ones that parented that girl. That said, there are gonna be watching-through-your-fingers moments. I’ll warn them about everything.