Lena Dunham Instructed Gaby Hoffmann To “Dance Like Claire Danes” For Her Role On “Girls”

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Lena Dunham Instructed Gaby Hoffman To "Dance Like Claire Danes" For Her Role On "Girls"
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“I don’t dance exactly like that. But Lena and I have a mutual friend, the incomparable Claire Danes, who is not just an amazing actress but a really fantastic dancer, and Claire and I dance together, pretty seriously. And I think Lena was imagining some sort of strange combination of Claire moves plus me moves plus Caroline moves. I guess when I dance, and maybe specifically when I dance with Claire, it’s a bit more Dancing with a capital D than it is dancing at a club. That’s how Lena saw it, at least. I remember her saying, ‘You know how you and Claire can kind of dance? That’s what I was imagining.’”

The new season of “Girls” is off to an interesting start, especially thanks to the appearance of Gaby Hoffmann in Sunday’s episode. Hoffman plays Adam’s quirky, hippie-dippie and at times mentally unstable sister Caroline, who vacillates between being super zen and pretty unhinged. Hoffmann spoke with NYMag.com’s Vulture blog about the role, and explained that she channeled mutual friend Claire Danes’ signature moves for the second scene above (there are two clips, one after the other).

Um, who do I need to talk to about getting invited to a dance party at Claire Danes’ house? I took some modern dance in college and I really think she, Dunham and Hoffmann would be super impressed with the interpretive dance I choreographed to the Pixies “Where Is My Mind?” It was very dark and deep. [NYMag.com]

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