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Towson native Peter Mark Kendall snags recurring role on "Girls"

Towson native Peter Mark Kendall has landed a dream role -- a grad school classmate of Lena Dunham's character Hannah Horvath on the HBO series "Girls."

Kendall, 28,  appears in the season 4 trailer in a scene in writing workshop.

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"The main character is a girl with a lot of tattoos named Anna," he says in the scene.

"Who needs to eat every two hours or she passes out," adds a female classmate.

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Hannah shovels a snack in her mouth, then looks up, confused.

Kendall said he plays a recurring role as a classmate of Hannah's at the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He wasn't authorized to go into more detail, but we should know more Sunday night when the fourth season premieres.

Kendall grew up in Rodgers Forge and graduated from Towson High School and McDaniel College, where he majored in acting.

Kendall said he got his start in summer outdoor productions of the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. He has also appeared in "The Matchmaker" and "'Tis a Pity She's a Whore" at Center Stage.

He lives in New York City now, but was visiting his parents in Baltimore when his agent called him about a "Girls" audition the next day. He studied the part on the bus back to New York.

Kendall said working with Dunham -- who writes, directs and produces the show -- is "pretty remarkable."

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"I was blown away by how approachable and lovely she was," he said. "She took so much time to make sure everyone felt respected."

Kendall, who has appeared on the "The Leftovers" on HBO and "The Americans" on FX, said the set of "Girls" is full of fun.

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"They call 'cut,' and the room would explode with laughter," he said.

Many of the scenes are improvised, Kendall said. The actors start with a script, then add their own twists with each take.

"By the last take or so, it would barely resemble what was originally on the page," he said.

Kendall graduated from Brown University with a masters of fine arts in acting in 2013, so the graduate workshop scenes felt familiar to him.

"It's such a small group of people and it gets personal very quickly," he said. "It was the perfect time for me to do it because it was fresh in my mind."


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