Judd Apatow has revealed that he offered to produce Girls after being impressed by Lena Dunham.
The director-writer decided to help the 26-year-old budding writer, director and funnywoman, whom he described as "brilliant", after seeing a couple of early scripts for the hit HBO series and her indie film Tiny Furniture.
"She's so brilliant and hilarious and very brave. And she has also changed things for women in a big way. She's really showing what is possible and it's very exciting," he said.
"It's really just about seeing someone and thinking, 'I'd like to see them do something', so I met Lena. I saw her movie and thought, 'Great, I'd like to see her do a lot of stuff. Maybe I could help her achieve some of her goals'."
Judd - who worked with Lena in his new film This Is 40, which also stars his wife Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Chris O'Dowd and Megan Fox - revealed he takes on producing duties because it's less stressful.
"I like producing because I can help people but I don't have to stress out all night about it," he said.
"Lena Dunham sent me two scripts she wrote for Girls. It's fun for me to read them and I can advise her, and I can take a nap. I like that - it's a little bit of a vacation of what I'm writing and directing, and I'm up all night obsessing about it and trying not to screw things up."
As well as Girls, Judd also produced cult TV series Freaks And Geeks and Undeclared.