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Wednesday 17 December 2014

Zosia: Girls is reality of being 20

Zosia Mamet stars in hit HBO comedy series Girls
Zosia Mamet stars in hit HBO comedy series Girls

Girls star Zosia Mamet has said the dark comedy is a long-awaited real portrayal of what it is like to be in your 20s.

The 24-year old actress plays naive chatterbox Shoshanna in Lena Dunham's hit HBO comedy, dubbed 'The Real Sex And The City', about a group of 20-somethings living in New York. Zosia feels TV and film have previously glossed over the reality the show highlights.

She said: "This time period has been written about before, but in a very glossy way. People idealise or reminisce about their 20s, but nobody tells you beforehand that it's hard and unglamorous and often very unpleasant. What Lena has written reveals that, and it speaks to a lot of people."

The actress admitted she can relate to the characters in Girls just as she believes viewers can.

Zosia said: "There's this inescapable moment in your early 20s, no matter how you get there, of feeling like everything you've known up until then is either wrong or doesn't fit, and suddenly you're faced with this feeling of 'Who the (heck) am I? How do I do life? HOW is life DONE?'"

She added: "So often in film and television the characters are stuck in boxes. But that just isn't real. On our show, we're often playing against type and stepping outside of our boundaries. That's what people do."

And she believes the realism is what makes the show funny.

"Comedy arises out of necessity, because some things are so dark that you have to laugh about it. In this show there are very uncomfortable, very real situations that can make me cry and laugh at the same time."

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