Tuesday, April 16, 2024

HBO Hit “Girls” Set for First Non White Character in Second Season Opener

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Lena Dunham’s “Girls” is a hit on HBO, a wonderfully written droll show about slacker kids living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. But since it started, “Girls” has been criticized for furthering the same issue that plagued “Sex and the City”–no black characters. How could these kids live in New York and have a lily white existence? Sources now tell me that issue will be addressed in the season 2 opener, which was just completed. My direct question was, Will there be a black character? And the answer I got was Yes.

This is so smart of “Girls” to do this quickly, and without fuss. Last spring they’d announced a character named Tako was who supposed to be African American. But when she turned up  in the person of winning actress Roberta Colindrez, it didn’t seem like the show had followed through on its promise.

The following may be further confirmation. A casting call went out in July for this character. The name and description of the character suggests that Elladonna could be the young lady in question. Here’s the description. Note the very important part–“submit all ethnicities”:

[ELADONNA] Female, PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES. ELADONNA is a 17-18 year old (PLEASE
INDICATE AGE ON SUBMISSION) Staten-Islander raised by her on again, off again parents. Her mother is
currently living with another man in Levittown, Pennsylvania so she lives with only her father (who thinks his
wife is staying with her mother. Eladonna knows and will tell him the next time she fights with her dad. It will
lead to his stabbing the man and ending up in jail). She most often sleeps at her boyfriend’s condo – a 38
year old commercial realtor who’s also a small time coke dealer. She has 2 tattoos: a Yankees sign on her
inner thigh that she got when she was sober and the Chinese symbol for “wisdom” on her hip that she got
when she was drunk. She found some guns at her boyfriend’s place and likes to carry one around in her
purse. (Guest Star)
Likes: Lady Gaga, bubble gum, Hypnotiq, good calzones, her brother Matteo who’s in a rock band in
Denver.
Dislikes: Her mother, her father, phonies.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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