Former first daughter Malia Obama made a surprise appearance at the final season premiere party of Girlson Thursday night in New York.
Obama, who was an intern on the HBO series’ sixth season, bumped shoulders with the likes of Rita Wilson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, as well as Lena Dunham and the entire cast of the hit series, at the star-studded event.
Obama did not walk the red carpet at New York’s iconic Lincoln Center, but made her debut at the after-party hosted by HBO at Cipriani 42nd Street. Attendees jumped at the chance to meet the 18-year-old, who is currently taking a gap year before attending Harvard University in the fall of this year.
Dunham’s buzzy comedy about four young women in their early 20s (Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet) navigating post-grad life in the Big Apple has clearly opened more doors for Obama’s professional future. She will now begin an internship with super-producer Harvey Weinstein later this month.
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While the party guests fawned over former president Barack Obama’s eldest daughter, the cast of Girls also took time to reminisce with ET about their emotional last days on the set of the series that launched back in 2012.
“It’s just been waves and waves of emotions,” Williams, who portrays Dunham’s neurotic best friend, Marnie, tells ET. “We just spent a lot of time holding each other, laughing, reminiscing, and trying to find closure amidst a normal work day, so that was tricky.”
“It was really intense,” Dunham says. “We wrapped at 4 a.m. and then the next day I was on the road for Hillary Clinton and I was like, ‘I guess I’m supplementing my pain and channeling it into another feminist thing.'"
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Dunham created the series, and wrote and directed many of the episodes while starring as its lead character, Hannah.
“Allison was there, even though she had wrapped a couple of days before, because she wanted to be there for the last day, which was really on brand for Allison, and we hugged and cried and went to bed,” Dunham adds.
“It was a lot of things. I don’t think I expected to be as emotional as I was,” Mamet confesses to ET. “Jemima and I wrapped on the same day about six weeks before the show wrapped, so it was more emotional. It was such an ending for me personally but not yet for the show.”
“I felt sort of alone in my grief, which was an odd experience to have, but I cried the whole way home,” Mamet, who plays fast-talking Shoshanna, admits.
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For Kirke, who plays sharp-tongued Jessa, the reality of Girls ending did not hit her until recently.
“[My] last day was pretty uneventful, as last days are. They’re sort of like New Year’s. It’s just sort of like a big hype and then it happens and it just goes right by you,” she quips. “But I’m really experiencing the last days now that everyone is actually telling me ‘this is the end, this is the end, this is the end, this is the last day,’ and I know I get it. It’s sinking in.”
Fans in turmoil over the end of the controversial series shouldn’t give up all hope of never seeing their favorite developmentally stunted characters again, as co-executive producer Judd Apatow confirms to ET, a future movie reunion is definitely possible.
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“They’ll do the movie once they’re 60," he playfully says. "That’s the plan.”
The final season of Girls premieres on Feb. 12 at 10/9c on HBO.
Additional reporting by David Batista.
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