“No, no, no,” the actor told Vulture when asked if he watches the series as it airs on TV. “I did watch the pilot with [creator] Lena [Dunham], like, four months or so after we shot it, when we’d just found out that it was picked up. I watched it on her laptop in her apartment.”
When pressed further about that particular discomfort, Driver said, “There’s no way I can watch the rest of the series,” noting his frustration with perceived flaws in his performances.
“With Girls. . . I feel like there’s an impulse to try to make it look better or neater or more perfect, and when I watch theater, television, movies, it’s always the imperfection I’m always more attracted to,” he said. “And I feel like with the things I’m in that I have watched, I go into a spiral and obsess about all the mistakes I made. Even with the pilot — there are so many mistakes I wish I would have changed, but you know, you just can’t. I’ll drive myself crazy and the people around me crazy for months, just thinking about it.”
Driver also commented on his performance in the new Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, which explores the early Sixties folk scene in New York City. Driver appears briefly to sing a duet with Justin Timberlake‘s character while wearing a cowboy hat.
“I don’t think I had ever even walked into a studio before,” he said of shooting the scene. “And then it’s myself and Justin Timberlake and Oscar [Isaac] and then looking up, there’s T Bone [Burnett], and the Punch Brothers are coming in and out, and Marcus Mumford is there, and we’re all in a circle trying to figure out this song. It was fucking crazy, what was happening. I think the only good thing I did was surrender control completely to everyone around me, since I felt they were far more qualified. I was just trying to be there and to enact the best version of what they wanted.”
The third season of Girls will premiere on January 12th, 2014.