Lena Dunham looks retro chic in the latest issue of Interview. Inside the pages of the magazine, the actress didn’t hold anything back.
On writing for her hit HBO series “Girls,” she explains, “I didn’t want to write in guys who felt like girl fantasies of a good boyfriend or like a voodoo doll of ex-boyfriends whose lives I was trying to ruin. I wanted it to feel like guys that you would know who are a little weird. I do think girls in their twenties accept certain kinds of lesser treatment than they would at other times in their lives. They’re willing to experiment with what it means to be treated well. You know, what’s it like to have a guy who totally demeans one aspect of your life? For Hannah, at least, it’s an intellectual exercise.”
As for how she became a successful writer and actress, Dunham said, “I think I’ve sort of made it all into one giant job where all of the parts feed one another. I remember going to see ‘Les Misérables’ on Broadway as a kid. I was so jealous of the girl that got to play young Cosette, but I never had a moment where I was like, ‘Oh, that’s something I could do.’ I just felt like, ‘Oh, that’s what certain people can do.’ I also never got good parts in school plays, and it would incense me to no end, but I was like, ‘I’m not cut out for this.’ I started writing plays, and I would be all of the characters in my head, but I never auditioned or anything. It was only when I started making short films in college and I was looking for girls to play the me-ish parts that I thought, ‘Well, maybe I’m just going to try doing this myself before somebody else comes in and handles it.’ For a long time my acting was just a marriage of convenience between me and these characters that I was writing.”
Read more in the February 2013 issue of Interview, available now.