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‘Girls’ Gillian Jacobs on Abortion Storyline and 8 Other Emmy Contender Quickies

”I thought that that storyline was handled with a lot of sensitivity,“ actress tells TheWrap. ”I know that Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham worked with Planned Parenthood and they helped on the script.“

In Season 4 of “Girls,” actress Gillian Jacobs‘ character Mimi-Rose Howard tells her boyfriend Adam Sackler (Adam Driver) that she can’t go for a run because she’s had an abortion.

The revelation is matter-of-fact in a way that is rarely portrayed on television and at the same time divulges so much about the character that Jacobs, this season upped to recurring on the show, now finds herself on tongues as a possible Emmy contender for a best supporting actress in a comedy.

Jacobs, who also played Britta Perry on NBC’s “Community,” talked to TheWrap about who else on “Girls” deserves a nod and her favorite moment this season.

What was the toughest thing you had to do this season?
Give a speech in front of an auditorium full of people. I’ve never given a public speech in real life, so I was a little nervous about that.

What was the most fun thing you had to do this season?
Awkwardly touch Lena [Dunham’s character Hannah Horvath’s] shoulder in the backseat of a cab.

Let’s assume that somebody has never seen “Girls.” What would you say to persuade them to watch it?
I think that it’s funny and touching and absurd and also real. You’re going to fall in love with all those actors and the characters.

Who else on your show really deserves an Emmy, and why?
The obvious answer is I would vote for Alex Karpovsky as Ray [Ploshansky], who is perhaps my favorite character on the show. Then, I would say Becky Ann Baker as Hannah’s mother. I would also have to give a nod to Zach Quinto as Ace.

Are you a binge-watcher, or a once-a-weeker? What was the last show you binge-watched?
It really depends. If I come late into a show, I’ll binge-watch it. But there are shows that I’ve watched from the beginning and watch every week. Sometimes, you get too busy or something happens and you get behind and you end up binge-watching. I’ll go either way. “Transparent.”

If you could add any new category to the Emmys, whether serious or silly, what would it be? Who would you nominate for it?
Best Animal Performance. The monkey Annie’s Boobs from “Community.”

Your character Mimi-Rose underwent an abortion this season. Considering this is a serious subject matter, as a woman, was that difficult to play?
I thought that that storyline was handled with a lot of sensitivity, and I know that Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham worked with Planned Parenthood and they helped on the script. I think it was a very different sort of story than we normally see in that area on television. I thought it was very well done.

Season 4 of “Girls” concluded in March. HBO renewed the series for a fifth season slated to air in 2016.

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