Christopher Abbott, who plays Charlie Dattolo, the love interest of Allison Williams’ character Marnie Michaels on HBO’s Girls, has left the show as it begins production on its third season, the New York Post reports.
Abbott seemed well-positioned for a strong third season, after his character had finally reconciled with Marnie in the Girls Season Two finale last month. But a source said Abbott and series star and creator Lena Dunham were at odds with each other and that the actor “didn’t like the directions things are going in.”
A representative for Abbott said, “[Chris] is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd [Apatow] and the entire Girls cast and crew, but right now he’s working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show.”
Abbott recently appeared in Burma, an indie film that premiered at SXSW last month, and will also have a role in the upcoming movie The Sleepwalker.