Judd Apatow on ‘Girls’

The producer of "Girls" tells us how Lena Dunham made him blush.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

When Lena Dunham introduced her HBO show "Girls" to the Television Critics Association, she told them not to assume producer Judd Apatow added all of the dirty jokes. She said she added the hand job jokes and Apatow added the heart.

Now that "Girls" is a hit on HBO with a second season order, we present our interaction with Apatow when he brought Dunham and "Girls" to the TCA.


CraveOnline: Besides the hand job jokes, what do you think men like most about "Girls"?

Judd Apatow: Why do you think they like handjob jokes? You’re so sure of that for some reason. There’s a lot of great male actors and stories about men on the show as well. Andrew Rannells, the star of "Book of Mormon" appears on the show a few times and is remarkably funny. How many handjobs an episode would keep you watching?

CraveOnline: Well, it is HBO. I didn’t mean for that question to be condescending.

Judd Apatow: No, I’m joking. I’m playing to a cold room.

CraveOnline: If I had prefaced it better, would you have a different answer about what you think that men like about the show?

Judd Apatow: I think it’s the same as Bridesmaids. People like a story with complex characters, that’s human and funny. I don't think people care if it’s men or women. Everyone has the same struggle. Everyone’s trying to get a job. Everyone’s trying to find a relationship. I think some of that is overplayed.

CraveOnline: Is there a trap that since you are an HBO show you don’t want to throw in as much nudity and language as you can?

Judd Apatow: Yeah, I think we’re definitely pushing the limits even for HBO.

CraveOnline: What are those limits?

Judd Apatow: We’ve found them. If you wonder where the line is for HBO, we have found it. There are limits. I wouldn’t even go into it. You’d think I was insane but we’re trying to accurately portray what their lives would be like. Sometimes on network television you imply that people slept together.

On HBO you can show every dirty detail and what I’ve really enjoyed about it is Lena finds way to make it hysterical. We haven’t really seen hilarious sex comedy in a long time. I think she does some of those sequences better than anyone’s ever done them, and there are some that are shocking. She makes me blush.

CraveOnline: Is it a testament to the love for Bridesmaids that there’s so much talk, as false as it may be, about rumors of a who is or isn’t going to be in it?

Judd Apatow: I think it’s wonderful that it’s beloved enough that there is an issue about making another one. I’m a fan so I, like anything, I want another one. I want another Slums of Beverly Hills. I want another Welcome to the Dollhouse. So we’ll just see how it evolves.

CraveOnline: I’m glad there’s another Pee Wee Herman movie. How is that coming along?

Judd Apatow: We have a really good draft and we’re going to try to get it going this year.