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Girls Comes of Age

A season three kickoff for Lena Dunham's hit show

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Production for Girls' third season wrapped in September, and Zosia Mamet enjoyed her time off before last night's HBO and Cinema Society premiere party at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The actress told Style.com, "I'm actually quite different from my character Shoshanna, so it's been nice to spend a few months not talking quite so quickly."

Not that the four leading actresses—Mamet, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, and Jemima Kirke—don't relate to their characters. They do. Creating hyperrealistic Brooklynites is one of the keys to the show's success, and many of the guests last night, including Jenna Lyons, who has a cameo role this season, said that relatability is what makes the show so great. Karlie Kloss likened it to this generation's Sex and the City: "I'm a young 20-something living in the city, I have three sisters, and all four of us are going through these same things as they do on the show."

After screening episodes one, two, and seven, guests were ushered into the Allen Room for a full-on Brooklyn-style after-party, with a life-size replica G train car, fortune-tellers, and flannel-dressed waiters serving chicken and waffles. Amid all the hipster kitsch, the Girls reminisced on an unintended consequence of working on the show: growing up. Williams, who spent the evening on a banquette with proud dad Brian Williams, said, "My makeup artist said I'm not allowed to cry, but I found our first-ever call sheet the other day. I showed it to Lena, and we started to cry—it feels like yesterday."

So after three successful seasons, what would Dunham tell her younger self? "Relax and stop trying so hard," she said. "It's going to be OK, and you can't force people to like you—that would have saved me a lot of sleepless nights."

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