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Christopher Abbott On Leaving 'Girls': 'It Wasn't Relatable For Me'

When Christopher Abbott announced that he was leaving "Girls" in April, the reason behind his departure was a vague one.

After a source reportedly told the New York Post that Abbott "didn’t like the direction things are going in," his rep told The Hollywood Reporter that he was simply too busy for the HBO series.

"[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."

Nearly six months later, Abbott has opened up about his exit to The New York Times.

“The world that Lena wrote was very real, especially in New York,” he said. “But it wasn’t as relatable for me on a personal level. It’s not that I only like to play roles I know to a T, but there’s something satisfying about playing parts where you really relate to the characters.”

“The thing that most people have seen him in is not the color that is most present in Chris,” Betty Gilpin, Abbott's co-star in the play “Where We’re Born,” added. “For him to be written off as the ‘nice guy’ is an injustice in my mind. He’s got that bull in a china shop in him.”

by Anonymousreply 609/26/2013

.... and he was never heard from again.

by Anonymousreply 109/25/2013

Lena's probably a real oinker to work with. Think of that.

by Anonymousreply 209/25/2013

I doubt Lena is great to work with but Christopher sounds like a self-important ass biting the hand that fed him. The male Katherine Heigl. Most actors would be happy for the paycheck and exposure.

Good luck getting another job, Chris.

by Anonymousreply 309/25/2013

three replies, tsk tsk tsk.

by Anonymousreply 409/26/2013

I agree R3. It is always annoying to me if an actor works to get a role from tons of actors who would have wanted it and then throws a tantrum and walks awaybecause it isn't going like they wanted.

They are not the writer, it is not their project, they were hired to play a character so be thankful for the job and do your work.

by Anonymousreply 509/26/2013

I'm assuming they wanted his character to sleep with Lena this season. I could totally understand how an actor wouldn't be able to relate to that.

by Anonymousreply 609/26/2013
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