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'Girls' Star Andrew Rannells Talks To Seth Meyers About His First Onscreen Handjob

Andrew Rannells recalled his experience shooting an onscreen handjob for a scene in a new episode of "Girls" during an interview with Seth Meyers this week.

The actor, who recently wrapped a run on Broadway in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," told Meyers, "My first reaction to that was, 'Who gives a handjob?'"

He went on to note, "To be respectful, I kept my hand a safe distance from his privates, but when I saw it at the premiere, you can see my hand coming up, so it looks like he has a two-foot [penis]. It's absurd."

Both Rannells and his male co-star hailed from Omaha, leading the pair to share some tongue-in-cheek speculation over whether or not news of their scene would make the local newspaper.

The 36-year-old actor made headlines earlier this week when it appeared he and "Girls" co-star Lena Dunham were mistaken for "Liza Minnelli and Guest" on E! News. It was later revealed the apparent gaffe was a joke, courtesy of "The Soup."

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    Right now I'm looking right at Mary Gaitskill's Bad Behavior; the new Diane Keaton autobiography; Having It All, by Helen Gurley Brown; and, The Consolations of Philosophy, by Alain de Botton -- all in various states of having-been-read-ness.
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    Mary Poppins, by P. L. Travers, Dancing to the Precipice, by Caroline Moorehead and Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel. I've always got two or three with me while on-the-go.
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    Excerpted from By the Book by Pamela Paul, published Oct. 28, 2014 by HenryHolt and Company, LLC. Copyright 2014 by The New York Times Company. All rights reserved.
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