'This is a nightmare. I've inadvertently become the grossest male producer,' Dunham thought at the time

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Girls stars Allison Williams and Zosia Mamet like to think that the show had very little on-set drama or scandalous behind-the-scenes shenanigans (barring an abrupt departure at the end of season 2). And they reaffirmed as much during the Wednesday's evenings TimesTalks: A Final Farewell to the Cast of Girls.

"We're very boringly well-behaved," said Mamet during the conversation.

Williams added, "That's probably one of the biggest disappointments is that none of us had trysts with our costars."

But series creator and star Lena Dunham quickly burst Williams' bubble. "I did make out with a day player actor on our show in the first season," said Dunham, adding that she wasn't in a relationship at the time.

At first, the cast was surprised, but then they all realized that they knew whom she was talking about, or at least thought they did. Fans never found out for sure because Dunham didn't reveal the actor's identity.

"Before we understood the full boundaries of professionalism," explained Dunham, "I was like, ‘You've been on set for eight hours. You seem interested in me and my power. I would love to go to the 11th Street Bar with you.'"

However, it didn't take long for her to regret that decision. "Then I kind of got there, I was like, ‘Oh wow, this person doesn't even think I'm cute.' He's just like, ‘She runs a TV show and I'm actor,'" she said. "I was like, ‘This is a nightmare. I've inadvertently become the grossest male producer.'"

That realization coupled with the fact that she threw up all the way to work the next day convinced her that phase was over and she was going to "commit to the same person for the rest of my life." And, as the story goes, Dunham met her current boyfriend, musician Jack Antonoff, on the second night the show aired.

The conversation — which also included Jemima Kirke and was moderated by New York Times Magazine staff writer Jenna Wortham — was substantive and wide-ranging, touching on everything from why Dunham dislikes mocking President Donald Trump's appearance to her HBO show's legacy.

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"I hope that it helps people think of women as messy and complicated, containing multitudes," Dunham shared toward the ends of the discussion. "That it's okay for women to be unsure and impolite… One of the big goals when we started the show was to really talk about female friendship in a really honest way, because in so many films we see, they're depicted as they're depicted as this sort of ‘ride or die,' support of perfection, or catty fighting. The truth of female friendship is that it's a really deep love that lies between those things."

Watch the entire event above.

The 10-episode final season of Girls premieres Sunday, Feb. 12 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.

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