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The show may be called Girls, but Lena Dunham’s HBO series also offered emotionally meaty roles for the guys. As fans approach the series finale in the coming weeks, actor Alex Karpovsky sat down with host Lola Ogunnaike on Entertainment Weekly: The Show to recap Ray’s best moments.
“I was flattered by the responsibility that comes with that prestigious title,” he recalled of Ray’s appointment as Shoshanna’s “crack spirit guide” in season 1. “But in a broader sense it was sort of a sign that they were giving me more stuff to do on the show, so it was very meaningful and flattering from that point of view.”
Another big moment for Ray came when he professed his love — and homelessness — to Shoshanna, and his speech was one of the few times Karpovsky says he offered any notes on the script. “In the script, it said Chevy Chase, not Andrew Kaufman,” he recalled. “It’s one of the few notes I had over the six years is, ‘Could we change it to Andy Kaufman?'”
That scene was one of his favorites to shoot because it got down to the heart of the couple’s relationship. “I just feel like Ray and Shoshanna have this really weird, particular type of connection, and they’re both oddballs,” he said. “They both vibrate on this weird outer-space frequency in their own ways, and I think this is sort of the first time that they acknowledge that to one another.”
Karpovsky’s run on Girls also features a move behind the camera: The actor, who helmed films like Red Flag and Rubberneck, directed the season 5 episode “Love Stories,” featuring Jenny Slate.
“I directed before I acted, and so when I acted it was kind of a later thing,” he said. “So it’s nice — I feel a little more comfortable, you know, you get self-conscious, and I’m more comfortable [directing].”
Girls airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.