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How Girls helped Lena Dunham create 'an army of women'

Go behind the scenes of our photo shoot with the cast


Of all the things Lena Dunham has accomplished through Girls, she’s most proud that the HBO series has fostered an incredible network of women. 

“The most amazing, rewarding thing about Girls is that not only has it created this network of women who work on the show, it’s created a network of women who respond to the show,” Dunham tells EW behind the scenes of our Girls photo shoot. “[It’s] given me more opportunities to speak to those women about issues important to me and [Girls co-executive producer] Jenni Konner and to talk about politics and art and health and creativity and spirituality in a way that feels honest to us. [We’ve] really [tried] to create an army of women who can be supportive of each other in what’s so often a toxic climate.”

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Check out the video above for more from behind the scenes with Dunham and costars Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, and Allison Williams, and find out what each actress has learned from their characters. (Williams did not take pointers from Marnie’s wedding day.)

Girls returns Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.

For much more on Girls, pick up this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands now