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Lena Dunham, the show's creator, reveals what it was like working with Malia in 2015

Feb, 08, 2017

Now that the former First Family is out of the White House, some are starting to share their experiences with the Obama girls during their father’s time as president.

Girls creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner did just that on the Howard Stern Show Monday. They spilled the beans on what it was like having Malia Obama as an intern on their HBO show in summer 2015.

Dunham and Konner both gave the former First Daughter high praise, calling her an “angel” and a hard worker. Obama had duties similar to a writer’s assistant, they explained.

“She was interested and she was interning at HBO and they thought, you know, what if she comes a couple days a week to the set of Girls," Dunham said. "Obviously we weren’t making her go get our coffee, but she wanted to do all the jobs, that was the cool thing. She was totally enthusiastic.”  

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But there were limitations for the then 17-year-old Malia. For one, she could not be on set during the filming of the show's infamous sex scenes. And she also came with an entourage of Secret Service agents.

Dunham described an incident where agents wouldn’t let her in the bathroom while Malia was in there. 

“I was like, ‘I know her. It’s fine. I’m just going to go in there and pee,’” she laughed.  “But it wasn’t going to happen.”

Malia is currently interning with the Weinstein Company in New York before heading to Harvard this fall.

You can listen to the interview clip here.