Lena Dunham opens up about the final season of her hit series ‘Girls’ on HBO and reflected upon showing so much skin on screen and how she has changed over the years in approaching the sometimes controversial show. The star also shares her thoughts on feminism and other topics.
As always, Lena Dunham is a polarizing figure in pop culture and continues to speak her mind, to push boundaries both on the show ‘Girls’ that she created as well as in her daily life. She sparked controversy with her memoir, ‘Not that Kind of Girl’ in describing a sexual assault that she said she experienced years ago while still a student at Oberlin. She’s wittingly and unwittingly become a voice on feminism and sexism.
Recently she drew attention for opening up about her health challenges in a frank and brave post on her Facebook page about her struggles with endometriosis. She has said that she’s taking time of to recover. As a result she has cancelled her press appearances. Thus this new interview might be the last we’ll hear for a while as she tends to her health needs.
But before that, she spoke her mind with Refinery 29 on numerous topics including her approach to portraying her character, Hannah Horvath, on the show and how it’s changing over the years. While the show has a devoted following, it’s also been a show that’s become known, for better or worse, for the frequent nude scenes that Dunham has done which, to say the least, have given the show much veracity along with the controversy.
She said, “When I first started the show, I wasn’t in a relationship, no one knew who I was, I was just kind of living for the work. So when I took my clothes off on camera, it was just an extension of that.”
Dunham has been dating music artist, Jack Antonoff, of Bleachers and fun. She went on to say, “It didn’t occur to me that in the first season, TV critics and people on the Internet would be seeing this. Now, for better or worse, when I take my clothes off, I already can hear the din of the reaction.”
Continuing, she added, “Part of getting older for me has actually been feeling more modest. Unfortunately, Hannah Horvath doesn’t always allow for that. I hope to reprise some of her nudity in this final season with vigor.”
Later in the interview, she outlined some of the changes that viewers can expect, and said, “This next season, we’re looking much more at long-term relationships, long-term jobs, and figuring out that our parents are humans, too, and we have to take care of them.”
Lena Dunham also weighed in on feminism and sexism when the publication asked her about something she had Tweeted more than a year ago. She had said, “Part of being a feminist is giving other women the space to make choices you don’t necessarily agree with.”
She said of the Tweet, “That statement only goes so far. It doesn’t go so far as to excuse things that I don’t think work within the historical and political definition of what feminism is. When girls say, ‘Hey, Miley Cyrus’ hot pants are not feminist.’ Maybe they are for her, and maybe they’re not for you. Part of the deal is that she wants to wear hot pants, and you want to wear slacks.”
She also opened up about turning 30, and when asked how she felt about it she said “really excited.” Elaborating, she said, “When I was turning 25, I felt this weird sense of dread, like…I no longer had a cushion or excuse [to fail], because if you’re under 25, you’re the modern equivalent of a child. Everyone I trust has reported back to me that the challenging aspects of your 20s — the sort of stuff Girls is about, actually — just evaporates into the rearview mirror in your 30s.”
You can see the full interview at Refinery 29 here, along with the photos as Lena Dunham opens up on many other topics in this wide-ranging discussion.