Audrey Gelman, boldface spokeswoman to a mayoral candidate, makes her ‘Girls’ debut

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Gelman, center. (hbo.com)
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Audrey Gelman, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's press secretary, made her debut appearance this weekend on "Girls," the much-discussed, semi-realistic HBO series created by Gelman's best friend, Lena Dunham.

Gelman, who dates fashion photographer Terry Richardson and sometimes earns boldface treatment on Page Six, plays the new girlfriend of one of the main character's exes.

Dunham described Gelman's role in both inspiring and acting in the show to The L Magazine like this: "My new HBO show Girls is very much a love letter to/group therapy session about female friendship, namely ours. She kindly let me pillage some of our greatest moments and darkest memories, and she also plays a recurring frenemy of my best friend character on the show (too meta!)."

Gelman (who turns 25 this weekend), and Dunham went to Oberlin together, have been friends for going on a decade, and in the article, in which they interview each other, Gelman tells Dunham, "I think our souls are too commingled to ever split."

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This is not Gelman's first star turn in a Dunham creation. According to IMDB, she has also appeared in the film Creative Nonfiction, the TV series "Tight Shots," and the short film Dealing.

In last night's episode, Gelman plays the new girlfriend of Marnie's ex, Charlie.

"Marnie, this is Audrey," says Charlie, at a loft party in Bushwick.

"Who are you?" says Audrey.

Gelman will also appear in the next episode, and in multiple episodes next season.

This weekend, Stringer tweeted the news: "MBPO's very own press secretary is on HBO Girls tonight! Big congratulations to Audrey and Lena."