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Literally Every Person Of Color Who Had A Speaking Role On "Girls"


A detailed and not-so-scientific study of the show’s diversity numbers.

Since its inception, Girls has gotten a lot of criticism for its lack of characters of color, considering it's a show set in Brooklyn.

More people of color did appear as minor characters as the seasons progressed — Seasons 1 and 2 both had less than eight PoC say one word, a rate that tripled in later seasons — but Girls' central characters are all white.

Now that the series has completed its run on HBO, it seemed like the perfect time to take a look back and break down all the PoC who had speaking roles on Girls throughout its tenure. (Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner were unavailable to be interviewed for this story.)

From notables like Sandy (Donald Glover) and Karen (Jessica Williams) to every babysitter, doctor, and receptionist, I present to you a list of literally every PoC to speak on Girls.

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Joy Lin

Joy Lin

When she appeared: Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”
Who she was: A fellow intern with Hannah
How many episodes she was in: 1

Unlike Hannah (Dunham), Joy Lin (Elaine Chun) got hired after their unpaid internship because she knew Photoshop. When Hannah left after getting fired, unbeknownst to Joy Lin, Joy Lin yelled for her to pick her up a Luna Bar and some SmartWater while she was out.


Hannah’s gynecologist

Hannah's gynecologist

When she appeared: Season 1, Episode 2, “Vagina Panic”
Who she was: Hannah's gynecologist (Sakina Jaffrey)
How many episodes she was in: 1

Hannah's “Forrest Gump-induced AIDS phobia” popped up when she realized Adam (Adam Driver) might not be monogamous. So, she went to get tested by her gynecologist, who informed her in the next episode (over the phone, so you never saw her face again) that she had HPV.


One of Hannah’s sexually harassed coworkers

One of Hannah's sexually harassed coworkers

When she appeared: Season 1, Episode 4, “Hannah's Diary”
Who she was: One of Hannah's sexually harassed coworkers
How many episodes she was in: 1

Selenis Leyva was the first of many Orange Is the New Black actors to guest star on Girls (the series shared the same casting director, Jen Euston). Leyva played one of the coworkers Hannah told about being sexually harassed by their boss. The plot twist was that they all had been, but they went along with it because he gave them nice stuff, like an iPod Nano. Levya's character, whose name wasn't said in the episode, also decided to give Hannah a quick eyebrow makeover while they were in the bathroom, but she only made things worse.


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