The actor says the HBO series' final season is "emotional"

By Gillian Telling
February 12, 2016 02:30 PM
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The last and final season of Lena Dunham’s Girls is almost upon us — which means actor Andrew Rannells, who plays Hannah Horvath’s gay best friend Elijah, has already said goodbye to his character.

“It was an emotional season,” Rannells tellsPEOPLE of wrapping filming on the show in September. “Everybody was feeling sad about the show ending, but still just so grateful for the opportunities that it presented. It’s a good group over there — everyone is super talented. We’re all just lucky we got to be a part of it.”

So was he satisfied with how they wrapped up Elijah’s storyline on season 6?

“I really was,” he says. “Lena and [producer] Jenni Konner gave me such amazing stuff to do this find season. Everyone was anxious to see how things were going to wrap up, and I know we were all really pleased. We all have solid, cohesive endings. I was personally so satisfied with Elijah’s. Lena and Jenni really outdid themselves with making sure everyone felt taken care of properly.”

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Rannells, who can now be seen starring in the musical revival of Falsettos in New York, says he’s glad to be back on Broadway after his hiatus to do Girls and blockbuster movies like The Intern.

“All I’ve ever wanted to do was theater and Broadway,” he says. “It’s very comforting to be back on that schedule, because you know exactly what your day is going to be. With TV, you never know if it’s an 8-hour day, or a 16-hour day. You can’t predict it. On Broadway, you show up at 7:30 p.m., you’re done at 10:30 p.m. and can go out to dinner. It’s very civilized! And definitely not a bad way to live.”

Girls begins its final season Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.