Christopher Abbot on Why He Left HBO’s Girls

By Jacob Klein on Sep 26, 2013 to Girls


When the news broke that Christopher Abbot, better known to our readers as ‘Charlie’ from Girls, was going to exit the show we had no idea what to think.  How would the story progress?  And just what the hell happened on the set that day?  We’d heard the standard line of “creative differences” between Chrisopher and Lena but nothing solid materialized as is often the case in these situations.  

Speculation ran rampant as fans of the show opined on the possibilities.  But recently Mr. Abbot spoke with the New York Times about going “back to his working-class roots.”   Apparently Chris just isn’t cut out to portray the wealthy, start-up founding NYC hipster character of ‘Charlie’.  Here’s the takeaway quote about his departure from Girls:

“The world that Lena wrote was very real, especially in New York. But it wasn’t as relatable for me on a personal level. It’s not that I only like to play roles I know to a T, but there’s something satisfying about playing parts where you really relate to the characters.”

And another interesting quote from someone working with him presently, Betty Gilpin, who plays Lilly in “Where We’re Born.”:

“The thing that most people have seen him in is not the color that is most present in Chris. For him to be written off as the ‘nice guy’ is an injustice in my mind. He’s got that bull in a china shop in him.”

Now of course this is just speculation on our part but we’re pretty sure that’s not the whole story.  Why wouldn’t he have at least finished enough of the show so that Lena could write him off via an untimely death, abandonment or otherwise?  Who knows, maybe that’s what’s going to happen as we’ve only seen a short teaser from Girls Season 3 thus far.

I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see what happens to the show at large coming sometime in 2014 (hopefully sooner than later).

Good luck with your new gig, Christopher. We hope you find your way.

  • Lauralinda

    Super disappointed. I was looking forward to seeing he and Marnie’s “matured” relationship play out.

  • Drew Douglas

    He was probably sick of seeing Lena naked constantly.

  • MrBushido

    It seems to me that he just had a different vision from Lena Dunham.

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