Asked if Donald Glover's role in the new season was the result of pressure to diversify the 'Girls' cast, Lena denied it: "Donald was an actor we always wanted to work with. On HBO, you have 10 episodes. You start with 10 episodes. And It takes you awhile to set up your world, to set up your main characters. … While I understand the criticism, I felt like we had had only 10 episodes to dig in." Still, Lena said diversity on television was an important issue: "It's a conversation that needs to happen. I'm glad to take one for the team."