When Girls Met Eloise

By Amy Adams for Vanity Fair September 2011
Lunch Delivery
Lunch Delivery

A deliveryman brings lunch to the Girls set at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, Queens.

The Cast on Set
The Cast on Set

Twenty-seven-year-old director, writer, producer, and star Lena Dunham with a crew of seasoned and awed pros. The scene: Zosia Mamet’s Shoshanna and Allison Williams’s Marnie are about to battle it out.

A Young Fan admires Lena's Tattoo
A Young Fan admires Lena's Tattoo

While on break from shooting at a pub, leading man Adam Driver observes a young fan admiring Dunham’s new ink.

Lunch Delivery
Lunch Delivery

A deliveryman brings lunch to the Girls set at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, Queens.

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When renowned illustrator Hilary Knight heard that Lena Dunham had tattooed his most famous character, rambunctious six-year-old Eloise, onto her backside, he sent Dunham a signed set of the beloved Eloise children’s books. Dunham replied with an invitation to visit the cast and crew on the set of her award-winning show. Here, a look into the filming of the third season of HBO’s Girls, through the eyes of Hilary Knight.