Rannells: When I
first started, it was just supposed to be one episode, so to get to learn more
about Elijah in this episode -- like him being in Rent, his relationship with Marnie and uncovering more of who he is
-- was really fun and exciting.
Dunham: We always
knew Allison could sing because we found her through her YouTube video, where
she sang the Mad Men theme song. So
we always knew, between her and Andrew, that there was going to be some
singing. We liked that they had a musical theater college backstory, because Allison
had so many funny stories.
Konner: Both of
them have such gorgeous voices that it just seemed like a real tragedy not to
use them as often as we could. Actually, episode seven of [season six] really
showcases Andrew's full talents and it's so special to watch.
Dunham: I will
never forget when Jenni and I were sitting in my trailer trying to figure out
how to end that scene and she was like, “Oh my god, we should slap Marni in the
face.” And we were like, “Can we? We will.”
physical stuff was all scripted. The slap, all the running -- I think Adam
picking up Roberta was probably not. Usually, when Adam picks up people it
wasn't scripted until later seasons when we realized how great he was at
picking up people and how funny it looked. All the physical stuff was pretty
planned out in that episode. It's kind of rare, so it’s usually pretty plotted.
Rannells: What I
was nervous about was in the script, I was supposed to haul off and hit her,
which I was not comfortable with. Even as a character, I can't imagine doing
that. I remember saying to Lena, “Maybe if I was a smaller gay, it would be one
thing. But I'm 6-foot-2 and it feels mean.” So we had to come up with a way
that I could hit her and it wasn't too violent, which sounds ridiculous. We
worked on a lot of different things to make sure Allison was comfortable and I
was comfortable. I’d never hit anyone before, let alone a girl. So, it felt
weird to figure out logistically.
thing we didn't realize yet is that if you write a slap in a script, a stunt coordinator
shows up. They just wanted him to slap me, which I was totally fine with, but
of course, we had to choreograph this careful slap. It ended up being a bop
that is very clearly not making contact.
Mamet: It's also
the physical manifestation of the way he says “Ma'am.”
what I remember being stressed by: “Here I am, this new character on the show.
Am I going to look like a f**king dick because I smacked Marnie?” Turns out
people wanted me to hit Marnie.
Williams: He also
mentioned my dad [Brian Williams].
Dunham: There was
a part where he was like, “By the way, you look like Brian Williams and not in
a sexy way,” and Allison just goes, “F**k you.”
has a unique role in this show a lot of times. He's sort of the audience. So I
get to say some sh*t to these women that some people at home are like, “Thank
you! Call her out on that.”