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Feb 19, 2013
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First, a confession: We like watching Girls. In this case, not the living, breathing type, but the HBO show which we once described as Sex and the City for smart women.

Starring series-creator Lena Dunham as the just-out-of-her-parents’-house Hannah Horvath and her circle of friends—BFF and ex-roommate Marnie (Allison Williams), the freshly hitched Jessa (Jemima Kirke), and the newly-devirginized Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet)—Girls is about, well, girls dealing with modern problems on work, weight, and dating. Why should you watch it? We watch it for the same reason we read Cosmopolitan: to somehow decipher the inner workings of the female mind.

Having received five Emmy nominations in 2012, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, it’s a better way to spend your TV time than watching another episode of A Minute To Win It.

With the show’s second season premiering locally last February 11, HBO shared with us their interview with one of the series’ stars, Alex Karpovsky, who plays a character whose full name is also a hoot to pronounce, Ray Ploshansky.

Ray is a heartbreaker, who eventually becomes the guy who shreds the above-mentioned Shoshanna’s virginity-card into splendid, presumably heart-shaped bits and pieces. In return, he had to surrender his single-hood card, becoming Shoshanna’s boyfriend, like, officially.

Such a transition is tricky, (and also something some of us guys may have had to deal with at least once in our lives) so naturally, the first question to ask was, “From a plain old lover in Season 1 to a full-blown Season 2 boyfriend. How?”

Alex Karpovsky: We kind of pick up where we left off. We decided there’s been a month between seasons so it’s not been long since the Bushwick party showed that somewhere very deep inside there’s a romantic in Ray.

So now Ray is trying to kind of pick up where they left off. He hasn’t seen her for a month, but when he does, he is attracted to her sincerity and her rawness. He quickly finds out that she’s very young and very inexperienced
she’s in her early 20s, he’s in his early 30s which is a huge difference, especially when it comes to life experiences and the dating world. That’s the gap that he tries to fill for most of the season, and trying to make it work.

In some scenes he’s like a little love puppy…
AK: Well he is love struck and so there’s this whole gentle, vulnerable and exposed softie inside. For the audience there is a little bit of hesitation I think, when you see this side of him. Is he taking the piss as British people say, or is this really a sincere expression of his feelings? I think he really does feel for this girl and I don’t know if he fully knows how to wear these feelings, at least how to show them to the world, and so there might be a little bit of hesitation and uncertainty there. 

At the beginning of Season 1 it seemed to be a show focussed on the four girls, but now all the characters get a good storyis it becoming an ensemble show?
AK: I think once you have a familiarity with these basic characters, you can go and explore their ambitions and their fears in the context of the opposite sex. So why is she fearful? Let’s put a man in front of it and see how her fear reverberates through a sexual space… So I think the men start coming up as mirrors or as reverbatory tools or devices to accentuate or heighten our understanding of the girls and accentuate their flaws and also their ambitions.  

Why do the men work to unpick the women in that way?
AK: Well, I think in our 20s, men and women are obsessed with each other because their core self is still so amorphous, they look to define themselves and their identity and their worth through their relationships. We’re not in the pampered environments or institutions anymore, we’re outside of school. Everyone in the show probably has only been outside of some sort of pampered institution for a very brief amount of time. So they’re finding out who they are through their jobs, through their friendships and very much through their sexual life.

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