January 14th, 2013
12:03 PM ET

‘Girls’ cast on the biggest mistakes 20-something women make

As the show’s mantra goes, "Girls" is a homage to young women who are “almost getting it kind of together."

It's clearly resonating with young women and everyone else, too, as the hit HBO series, which follows a group of 20-something friends as they struggle to make it in New York, won two Golden Globes Sunday night, including best TV comedy.

In preparation for the season two premiere, which bowed on HBO the same night as the Globes, CNN talked to the cast about the biggest mistakes people make in their 20s.

“I think the biggest mistake girls in their 20s make is thinking they know more than they do,” Lena Dunham, "Girls'" creator and star, told CNN at the season two premiere last week. “It’s OK to say ‘I don’t know.’ It’s not OK to act like you know, and therefore make heinous mistakes that come from a place of fake knowledge.”

Dunham’s character on the show, Hannah, embodies that error – bombing in job interviews with inappropriate jokes, struggling for recognition as a writer, and repeatedly getting intertwined in awkward conversations with friends and boys. While Dunham concedes that Hannah's a loveable “schlub,” she admits that she tries to differentiate herself from the character when she has the chance.

"Girls" co-star Allison Williams told CNN that she can’t even count the number of mistakes women make throughout their 20s.

“Making any kind of decisions while under the influence of either too much food or too much alcohol!” she said. “Boys - just as an entire category. Financial decisions.”

The actress, daughter of NBC News' Brian Williams, added that another big misstep is "thinking they need to be done growing up at any point, that’s the biggest mistake. The most fun is finding yourself and the actual pursuit of it.”

Jemima Kirke, who plays the Bohemian and free-spirited Jessa in the series, agreed that women in their 20s can't be expected to have everything figured out -  especially when it comes to dating.

“The mistake that came to my head is trying to find, like, the perfect man, the man that you’re going to spend the rest of your life with,” she said. “Actually in your 20s you’re going to have all the wrong men probably!”

Christopher Abbott, one of the guys of "Girls," sounded off on that as well, revealing the one secret he thinks 20-something ladies should know about men.

Simply put, “Have patience!” Abbott said.

Yet fans of "Girls" have had little patience for the show’s second season, which has prompted numerous screening parties across the country.

For fans who can’t get enough of the half-hour comedy, more of Dunham’s musings about 20-something life will soon be available in literary format. The 26-year-old signed a book deal with Random House this fall for a reported $3.7 million.

“I hope that my book gives people that have loved the show an insight to another layer of my psychology,” Dunham told CNN. “What I’ve learned about sort of life and love and friendship and relationships. And I also hope it attracts people that have never seen the show!”

soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. j awaits..

    they have milky white skin like me.

    January 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. memory much

    he so adorable

    January 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Momentarily Secure

    2 cell phones..get it straight. geeze.

    January 25, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Runner

    Unwatchable, unrelatable, and unsympathetic. Like, stupid too. Ya know?

    January 25, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nita

      This show is completely relatable to me. I feel like I know these characters. Although we would probably not be friends, these characters were definitely in my classes at college.

      February 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      that show is very funny. Well written and honest. I am only 38 , but i fell so old...I missed being 20!!!

      February 8, 2013 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Readily Amused

    “The mistake that came to my head is trying to find, like, the perfect man, the man that you’re going to spend the rest of your life with,” she said. “Actually in your 20s you’re going to have all the wrong men probably!”

    Well, like, maybe, totally, like, it wasn't all the men that were wrong... ever, like, heard of phrase, like common denominator

    January 25, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mindcrime

    That girl on the far left needs to do something about those eyebrows.

    She looks like an old British magnate.

    January 18, 2013 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. janine we've know each other for 20 years!!!

    chill out - hahaha

    January 15, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |


    January 15, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Janine

    Don't like the addition of the black guy that talks like a white guy to the cast. This is what happens when you try to cater to everyone, you just get unrealistic characters. Now if she gets pregnant and he leaves, then it could get real.

    January 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. freedom

    Gross. If this is what young women are looking up to, the standards have become very low. But then again, she did an ad for Obama in the voting booth, and it worked. And there's always Sandra Fluke – these are the girls that support this president. That would of course mean the standard of the presidency has been drastically lowered. But that's a fact that many know already.

    January 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Clete

    It would appear with these three, that the biggest mistake was uttering the phrase..."I never saw a pizza I didn't like."

    January 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. girls

    the one on the far right is the prettiest..

    January 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Laquanda

    Them big fat white girls better not be trying to steal our fine black men.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Evel Knievel

    Looks to me like one of those 20 mistakes is eating a little too much deep fried gravy.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Laquanda

    All white gals be fat. Eatin all that white food.

    January 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mark

    D oooooo D oooooo is smelly sometimes.

    January 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Mark

    Biiiiiiiiig ol fat elephant girls.

    January 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Stan

    I bet those two hippopotamuses to the right weigh three hundred pounds each. No way they have white boyfriends.

    January 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Carlie

    WOW THOSE ARE SOME BIG OL FAT UGLY GIRLS. I bet they are like Jodie Foster.

    January 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Observer

    Saw it once. Completely unwatchable.

    January 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |

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