Have you been watching GIRLS on HBO? If you are, how much do you love it?! If you’re not, and you’re a girl in your 20s or 30s, I suggest you start. My uncles also love it, so don’t feel limited to that gender and age specification. It’s a more relatable Sex and the City. A more progressive Facts of Life. A younger Golden Girls. In just two seasons, this show has touched on things I always thought were just issues in my own mind. From love lives to career to living situations (and don’t even get me started on that Q-Tip thing), the writers of this show MAY be reading our diaries while we sleep at night.
As we all do in real life, each girl brings a little something special to the table. So, which GIRL are you?!
Hannah Horvath (played by Lena Dunham): “No one could ever hate me as much as I hate myself, okay? So any mean thing someone’s gonna think of to say about me, I’ve already said to me, about me, probably in the last half hour!”
Hannah is probably the most self-deprecating of all the ladies, consistently proving to be her own worst critic. Still, she somehow manages to also be her own biggest fan. Her body is covered in tattoos of illustrations from children’s books, and she has few inhibitions when it comes to nudity and sexuality. While she is constantly falling apart, she is somehow the glue that keeps the girls together. She is clearly in love with her on again/off again boyfriend, but does not want to make herself vulnerable enough to stay in it. Hannah is a budding writer trying to make it on her own in Brooklyn, without the help of her parents. She wants to prove she doesn’t need them, but is secretly grateful to have their support just a phone call away.
Marnie Michaels (played by Allison Williams): “Sometimes being really good all the time feels really bad. But I’m on a journey. It’s my journey and I’m okay.”
Marnie is a classic beauty, but that doesn’t stop her from being insecure. Having established the most stable lifestyle early on – loving boyfriend, respectable job, nice apartment – Marnie appears to be the most put together. But as everything stable in her life begins to unravel, she fights to regain control wherever possible. And even when she has what she thinks she wants, she always wondering about what she doesn’t have. Security comforts her, but it also bores her. She can be judgmental at times, but she values the meaning of “best friend” and tries to uphold her end of the friendship…Just don’t make her feel like she’s being taken advantage of in any way, because she won’t be shy about letting you know.
Shoshanna Shapiro: (played by Zosia Mamet): “I’m like the least virginy virgin ever.”
Shoshanna is totes a little crazy – in a fun, sweet, innocent, annoying but funny (so you forgive her) kind of way. She speaks in abbreviations, crazy made up phrases and pop culture references. She is the most inexperienced of all of her friends, and looks to them for guidance. Too bad she doesn’t realize her friends are not the best spirit guides. She is just starting to come out of her shell and try new things, and may be on the path to taking this newfound wild child too far. When it comes down to it, she’ll always be a little naive and honest to a fault.
Jessa Johansson: (played by Jemima Kirke): “I’m offended by all of the ‘Supposed To’s.’ I don’t like women telling other women what to do or how to do it or when to do it.”
Jessa is Shoshanna’s cousin, but her total opposite. She is a free spirit. She dresses like a Downton Abbey metropolitan hippie and lives each day like the one before was her last. She’s already been pregnant (but didn’t have the baby), married and divorced, which is no surprise considering she does everything to the extreme, but never forever. She’s lived all around the world and this reflects in her multicultural ways. There is no figuring this girl out or tying her down, and that’s exactly how she wants it. She’s pretty without trying. She’s not on Facebook. She’s a huge flake, totally selfish and a horrible friend. Yet somehow, you want to be around her. I blame most of this on her serious parental issues.
When it comes to these girls, I can see a little of me in each of them, but I think overall I’m a Marnie. I still have Hannah-like thoughts cross my mind, and Shoshanna-like things come out of my mouth. And I finally had a Jessa connection in the episode where she visits her dad. But when it comes down to it, I’m a Marnie (Even though I secretly wish I could be a Jessa.).
Which GIRLS girl are you?!