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Video: Zosia Mamet on ‘Girls’ and Dating Horrors

By Margaret Eby

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Zosia Mamet recently stopped by Conan to answer the question that fans of her HBO show “Girls” have been asking since the series debuted: Is dating in your 20s really as bad as the show makes it look?

“It’s a little worse,” Mamet replied. “It’s pretty f**king bad.” On Girls, Mamet plays Shoshanna, the fresh-faced, overeager “Sex and the City”-obsessed Jewish cousin of the effortlessly cool Jessa. Shoshanna’s most recent romantic excursions have gone incredibly badly, as with her last crush, Matt, a friend from summer camp who refuses to take her virginity. This week, the extent of her love life was watching helplessly as Jessa used Shoshanna’s apartment as a place for a torrid fling with her ex. But despite all that, Zosia thinks the actual dating scene is even worse.

“Ninety percent of the time when I go on dates I’m thinking ‘I could be reading my book instead,’” she told Conan on May 10. It seems that the young acting life doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for striking up connections, and Mamet’s real life encounters sound like something Lena Dunham scripted.

“It’s quite bleak,” Mamet sighed. “I had a guy once told me that my ambition was going to break his heart.” Mamet also overheard a guy advising his friend to dump a girl for asking his friend to call her back in a couple minutes. “If those are the standards, then I’m probably going to have cats.” The good news? Zosia Mamet is single, fellas!

LANGUAGE NOTE: Mamet uses an expletive a couple of times, but it’s bleeped out in this clip.

Watch ‘Girls’ Actress Zosia Mamet Describe Her Dating Woes:


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