We already know that Bergenfiield native and singer Jack Antonoff is the perfect boyfriend for Girls creator and star Lena Dunham, but what continues to impress us is that he is always sweet and supportive, congratulating her on her biggest achievements and never trying to steal her spolight.
Lena has been busy wrapping up the final season of her groundbreaking HBO series Girls, which she created and directs and stars in as Hannah Horvath, the role that won her a 2013 Golden Globe Award for Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical. On Thursday, Lena’s final day of shooting, Jack wrote on Instagram alongside a candid shot of his smiling girlfriend, “this genius and the love of my life works her last day ever on girls today. I’m home thinking about her and all the things she’s accomplished the last 6 years —- I feel so proud that I wanted to share her face here can you even imagine what she’ll do the next 6 years. what a life!” This is exactly what the partner of a successful woman should say about her, and it gives us #relationshipgoals to see him call her a “genius” and be so excited for her whatever path she chooses next!
For her part, Lena also posted emotional farewells to the show that made her a household name, one that is clearly so much more than a job to her. In a photo of her crying as she’s overcome with emotion after filming, Lena wrote, “I know I’m not alone in the Girls family when I say this is the end of the largest and most potent chapter of my life so far.”
Girls Goodbye (1 of 3) It’s 2 am on Friday morning and we just finished shooting Girls. Forever. No insert shots of cell phones or exteriors to grab. We’re not missing a quick shot of Shosh marching down a Soho street. We’re finished. We did it all. Jenni called that final cut, I dropped my costume on our van floors (sorry Kristen, sorry I never hang my damned costume) and we got into our vans to head home for the last time. To say I don’t enjoy goodbyes is an understatement. But, as a wise woman once told me, “relish it. We so rarely get to choose our goodbyes.” She’s right. And we got to choose this one. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy– I know I’m not alone in the Girls family when I say this is the end of the largest and most potent chapter of my life so far. Before Girls I had zero identity, zero self-love and an urgent sense of untapped creative desire that kept me up and sweating at night in other people’s beds, wondering why vague sexual affirmation wasn’t enough to make me feel human. I had hardly an inkling of the responsibility we take on when we tell stories, or of the power words can have, but what I had- as an obsessed fan of shows from Girlfriends to Felicity to Ally McBeal- was the audacity to think that people might want to see women like my friends and me (broken, imperfect, angry) on television. When we shot our pilot six years ago, I never dreamed that I could be so fulfilled by the process of art-making, of collaboration, of honest expression. And so through this show I developed an identity, gained a new kind of family and began my life in earnest. It’s an embarrassment of riches. There are too many essential personnel to name here, and the messages I have for them are far too intimate for this modern venue, but I trust I’ve made it clear who you are and what you mean to me. If I haven’t, please feel free to demand explanations.
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Lena also posted a love letter to fans of the show, which also stars Jemima Kirke as Jessa Johansson, Zosia Mamet as Shoshanna Shapiro and Allison Williams as Marnie Michaels, revealing, “You’ve made me believe there was a place for the strange girls and the ones.”
Girls Goodbye (3 of 3) To the fans, you have blown our minds. You have made a big scary world seem small and intimate and I see blessings and safe havens everywhere because of the way you’ve normalized these experiences, the moments of being female that feel dark and unruly, that hurt like a gash. You’ve made me believe there was a place for the strange girls and the ones who don’t know how to love quite yet. And I know you’ll give the same warm reception to all the radical & essential female voices coming to TV in the near future. Because we are just at the the beginning of a golden era in which every woman– no matter her race, religion, body-type, or the gender assigned to her at birth– can tell her story and have it heard and recognized for its essential her-ness. Let’s all make sure of that together, okay? We must. To the critics: you pushed us to grow and we did, even when the child in me wanted to stamp my feet and stand my ground. There is no greater gift than evolution. Thank you for that. To the cast & crew, the writers and producers, you will always be my comrades and I’d drop anything to be there for you at any time in your life. Thank you for accepting me, for creating a world of acceptance and for holding me through some of the toughest times I’ve known. Thank you for being fierce and creative. Thank you for putting up with my tits for six years, even when they got so, so boring. Thank you for making me feel like I was at the center of a trampoline of good will. To the men of Girls, both cast and crew, thank you for restoring my faith in the beauty and sensitivity that masculine strength can provide. Thank you for healing my fear and my heart. And the the women of girls, you are as bad as they come. Jenni and Judd: 🌝🌝🌝 Ilene and Gina 👊👊👊 Allison, Jem, Zosia 👯👯♂️ It’s going to take awhile to understand the heartbreak of saying goodbye to these characters, these collaborators and this life. I barely remember another one. So… all my love. Yes, love is all I have for every single one of you (even the 16 year old who keeps telling me to blow him in the comments section, though I do feel concerned he’s not being parented closely enuf.
While we don’t know exactly what will happen in those final episodes, here’s a snapshot Allison posted after wrapping shooting.
As for Jack and Lena, this isn’t the first time he’s honored his girlfriend’s numerous important professional milestones, including speaking at the Democratic National Convention alongside actress America Ferrera.
She in turn posted a photo of him wearing a jean jacket full of Obama buttons.
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The creative couple met on a blind date in 2012 by comedian Mike Birbiglia. Jack told Vulture, “It was a blind date by modern standards. I mean, I used the internet.” Jack, who dated Scarlett Johansson while they were in high school, revealed that on their first date, “I told Lena everything about my whole life, because when you really like someone, you want them to know everything about you.”
In early 2015, Jack, frontman of the band Bleachers, told The Times (UK) that he was still in the process of discovering exactly what makes Lena tick. “We’ve been together for over two years, which for me is a long time, and I still want to know everything about her. That’s what falling in love is. You’re wrapped up in a mystery novel, lost in an exciting world.”
And earlier this year, Lena shared a photo of the pair lounging in bed, writing of their relationship, “It’s been such a full, challenging, beautiful, weird & hilarious 4 plus years.”
While the couple had stated they wouldn’t get married until same sex marriage was legalized, now that is has been, they haven’t shown any rush to hear those wedding bells, instead taking a slow and steady approach. While it’s not an engagement ring, Lena did post a beautiful ring Jack gave her to celebrate their four year anniversary, along with the hashtags #ringbrag and #friendshipring.
Lena told Ellen DeGeneres, “We own a home together, but the marriage thing is a big deal.” Given that they both march to the beat of their own drummers, it’s not surprising that they are taking their time. If they do get married, we’re sure it will be a loving and out of the ordinary ceremony. Even though both have creative projects they’re tackling (Jack is writing a book about 90’s music called Record Store, while Lena is penning her debut short story collection Best and Always, which will be published in 2017), perhaps now they’ll have more time to spend together.