Girls star Andrew Rannells is delightful; a fountain of charm, kindness, and wit mixed together with, as Patti Lupone so perfectly summed up on last Sunday’s episode, the looks of “a f*cking Kennedy.” Better yet, he is incredibly talented, as evidenced by his hilarious turn as Hannah’s biting ex-boyfriend/ex-roommate/forever friend Elijah on Girls and his Tony-nominated performance as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. And we were lucky enough to sit down with him recently for a chat over a game of checkers. (Which we may have played wrong, thanks to your trusty interviewer’s inability to recall how to play the most basic of childhood games. Oops.)
What is it about a show following a foursome of fabulous women that makes it so compulsively watchable? Sex & the City, Designing Women, Girlfriends — the formula has been a proven hit, time after time. To figure out why, we of course have to refer to the OG of female foursome TV: The Golden Girls. Following the lives of sexy seniors raunching it up in a Miami retirement community, the multi-Emmy winner introduced the four archetypes that would be the secret sauce for the success of all it’s imitators: The Witty Everywoman (ie, the leader of the pack), the Innocent (ie, the lovable airhead), the Vixen (ie, the tart who’ll steal your man and giggle about it), and the Realist (ie, the wise-cracking shade-thrower). This combination? Ratings gold.