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HBO's 'Girls' Goes To Iowa In Trailer for Season 4: VIDEO

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Hannah heads to the Iowa Writers Workshop in what looks to be a very unusual season for the previously NYC-based HBO hit Girls.

In a trailer for the show's new episodes, released today on HBO's website and YouTube, Lena Dunham facetimes with former roommate Marni, navigates long distance drama with Adam, and moshes with shirtless gay bestie Elijah who claims "Iowa is amazing!" Set to a bouncy song by Nico Vega, it all certainly looks like fun, especially with the shirtless and fit post-Hedwig Andrew Rannells. The only real plot spoiler seems to be Jessa being arrested by the NYPD, but given her previously insane behavior this looks more par for the course than anything that surprising.

Season four kicks off Sunday January 11th only on HBO...or not, per the recent announcement the cable channel will start offering an all-digital service starting sometime in 2015.

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Andrew Rannells on Stepping into Broadway’s Highest Heels in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch:’ INTERVIEW

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Tony nominated in 2011 for his turn as an eagerly pious missionary in The Book of Mormon, Andrew Rannells returns to Broadway this week playing the glam-rock trans goddess in Hedwig and the Angry Inch for an eight-week run. Earlier this summer, the cult 1998 musical brought home Tony Awards for Best Revival and for performances by Lena Hall and Neil Patrick Harris, whom Rannells replaces in the show.

From his breakout role on Broadway, Rannells, 35, jumped quickly into TV with a recurring role on Girls, where he plays Lena Dunham’s now gay ex-boyfriend. He also went on to star as a young gay dad in Ryan Murphy’s series The New Normal, which ran for one season on NBC.

AR - hedwig1With his career taking off, the star returns to the stage in a role he’s been primed to play since he was a college student in Manhattan. I talked to the actor about his history with Hedwig, his jump to the screen, and Anne Hathaway’s best advice to him for walking in heels.

Naveen Kumar: Your last role on Broadway had you all buttoned up, so this time’s a little different…

Andrew Rannells: [Laughs] Yes! Yes it is.

NK: Are we watching a drag pro or a novice? Tell me about your history with heels—because they are sky high in this show.

AR: Well, I did a production of Hedwig in 2002 in Austin, Texas, at a theatre called the ZACH Theatre. It’s been a long time. This is obviously a very slick production, and there are things that I don’t have to worry about, like in Austin I had to do my own makeup and put on my own wig. On Broadway, there’s a whole staff of amazing designers who do that for you, which takes a lot of the stress away. I just have to show up! So that’s very nice.

The show itself, weirdly even though it was 12 years ago, I still remembered big pieces of it. Songs are a little bit easier to remember, but I was really surprised by the chunks of the script that I remembered, somewhere lodged in the back of my brain.

NK: So, jumping around in heels: not a big deal?

AR: One of the first things they did was give me a pair of rehearsal heels, and I was a little nervous about it because they were like 5-inch high heels.

I had just stared working on the Nancy Myers movie The Intern this summer in New York, and all of my scenes were with Anne Hathaway. I was telling her about it and she said, “You know what? Just don’t think about it. Women don’t think about it. They just put them on and do it.” That was her big advice and it was actually very helpful, because I just thought, I’m not going to stress about this, I’m just going to put them on and see what happens. Knock on wood: I have not fallen yet.

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Andrew Rannells Talks to Jimmy Fallon About Taking Over as Hedwig on Broadway: VIDEO

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Andrew Rannells, who is set to take over as East German transgender rock star Hedwig in the Tony Award-winning Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway for a limited 8-week run, sat down with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show on Wednesday night.

Rannells, who is a Broadway veteran having performed in Book of Mormon, Hairspray and Jersey Boys, expressed excitement at taking over the lead role from Neil Patrick Harris. Rannells tells Fallon that he has already performed as Hedwig in an unrelated 2002 production in Austin Texas.

Rannells also talks about perfecting an East German accent for the role, and notes that while that's not going so well, he is becoming good at an Australian accent, particularly if he is required to say the name 'Jennifer Lopez'.

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In other news, Harris is counting the days he has left in Hedwig down on his glittered fingernails.

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First Look: Andrew Rannells as Hedwig

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Andrew Rannells is set to take over for Neil Patrick Harris next month as Hedwig in the Broadway hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Here's a first look at Rannells as the East German transgender rock star.


Andrew Rannells to Take Over for Neil Patrick Harris in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' on Broadway

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Andrew Rannells, who was Tony-nominated for his role in the long-running Broadway hit The Book of Mormon and currently plays the role of Elijah on Girls, will take over for Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in August for a limited eight-week run, producers announced yesterday.

Harris recently won a Tony award for the role and had already planned to end his run on August 17.

Rannells responded:

Rannells is a good fit for the role. What other actors could you see doing it?


'Girls' Andrew Rannells Hopes Season 4 Involves Sex With Hugh Jackman

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While speaking with E! Entertainment correspondent Marc Malkin, “real-life gay” actor Andrew Rannells revealed that his character Elijah will appear in season four of HBO's Girls and hinted at a possible upcoming sex scene.

Jackman“I might be not dressed in it,” Rannells coyly said. “I volunteered myself for nakedness. I feel with, like, Looking on the air, I was like ‘I gotta represent with some gay sex on the show.’ I’m willing!”

But when asked who he’d prefer as Elijah’s sex partner, Rannells answered, “Hugh Jackman. Always and forever, Hugh Jackman.” But Rannells might not realize that Jackman role plays as Wolverine in the sheets — bring an adamantium breastplate to the bedroom, Elijah.

Jackman, of course, has been long beleaguered by gay rumors ) which his wife addresses every few years. Of course, that’s what happens in America when you make your career playing “The Boy From Oz.”


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