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Lena Dunham Reveals Jemima Kirke Wanted to Quit ‘Girls’

Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke
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HBO’s Girls returns to television for its finale in February, but in a new interview with Glamour, show creator and actress Lena Dunham reveals that one of the show’s titular women, Jemima Kirke (who plays free-spirited Jessa), actually wanted to bid the series farewell back when filming Season 2.

While speaking to the magazine, Kirke shared that the second season of the hit show, which aired in 2013, was “kind of traumatic” for her, E! News reports.

Dunham then reminded the actress that “that was the season where you said I had to get out of your dressing room or you were gonna punch me,” adding, “I think it’s time for us to disclose to the world that, like, three days before season two, Jemima tried to quit.”

“My sense of who I was and what I wanted was really thin,” Kirke admitted, laughing. “I really wasn’t sure what the f— I was doing.”

Meanwhile, Dunham, who recalled traveling in a cab when Kirke called to give her the news, continued, “She was like, ‘I have to tell you something. It’s not a big deal. I don’t want you to freak out. I want to quit the show.'”

Suffice to say, Kirke thankfully stayed on.

Girls returns for its final season February 12. Dunham, Kirke, Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams cover Glamour‘s February 2017 issue, on newsstands January 10.

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