'Camping' co-creator Lena Dunham reveals why she chose 'America's sweetheart' Jennifer Garner to play Kathryn
Although Lean Dunham considers 'Camping' to be 'infinitely castable', Garner probably was a proper fit for Kathryn since she is both a mother and a wife.
Probably in order to make Kathryn, the protagonist of 'Camping', a little more relatable, creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner had to resort to choosing a face which is not easy to hate. Hence, Jennifer Garner. Starring in HBO's latest comedy series which is based on Julia Davis' 2016 titular twin, Garner plays the role of an uptight obsessively compulsive, Kathryn, who plans for a weekend camping trip to Brown Bear Lakes to celebrate her husband, Walts' (David Tennant) 45th birthday. However, things go haywire when the group finds itself thrust in the lap of Nature with nothing else, but each other.
In a recent conversation with Collider, Dunham revealed that while she thought the show is "infinitely castable ‘cause most of this entire thing is about performances", Garner turned out to be a suitable choice as Kathryn. The former 'Girls' actor/director said, "When we wrote this, we knew that we’d need somebody who could humanize it and give it a sweetness, and Jen was that. She’s an incredibly complicated and interesting person, who people wanna cast as America’s sweetheart ‘cause she’s great at it." However, one thing is for sure that with Garner's face put on Kathryn, the character's irksome aspect has been tuned down a great deal.
Probably Garner is a better choice for Kathryn because there are some common grounds between the two. As they are both mothers and have been married (Garner recently divorced Ben Affleck, following their split in 2015), Garner probably understood better the pain and anxiety of having a family. In this regard, Dunham claimed that she would have not fit into the role, as "it didn’t necessarily feel like I had that much to offer, in that department. The characters are a little bit older, which was really interesting to me, and I wanted to honor that. She’s a mother, and I wanted to honor that."
Dunham had mostly left the directorial side to her longtime friend and creative partner of eight years, Jenni Konner, who also worked with her in their millennial defining show, 'Girls'. However, the duo had announced their split as producing partners back in July this year ahead of the December expiration date of their joint overall deal with HBO for their A Casual Romance Productions banner. With 'Camping' being their last show together, Dunham stated that she trusted Konner with the direction as she herself preferred focusing on the writing and the producing part. She said, "I think Jenni [Konner] is an amazing director, and I wanted to support her vision...We’re both proud of it, and it’s interesting and complicated. It honors what we’ve always done, which is make things that make people talk."