Lena Dunham On Her Critics: A Lot Of People Think ‘I Could Do That In My Sleep’
5:30 pm, November 13th | by Carmen Shardae Jobson
HBO’s Girls is set for a second season return in early 2013, and the critically-acclaimed dramedy is especially loved by twenty-something women, who are currently making many of the same agonizing mistakes as its characters. The show has also been lamented by critics that see it has confirmation that millenials are spoiled and uninteresting. In a revealing interview with the show’s creator Lena Dunham for Esquire magazine, many of these questions came up. Here are her answers to some of the toughest criticisms against her:
On being the spokeswoman for the Quarter-Life Crisis:
People are ultimately threatened by young people taking positions of power. But there’s also this feeling of ’I could do that, too.’ People don’t feel rabidly jealous of Larry David or Salman Rushdie because they don’t think, ’I could do that.’ And with what I’ve done, I think a lot of people think, ’I could do that in my sleep. If I’d just met one person along my path, I would have that TV show.’
Regarding her weight:
If I was directing this much vitriol at people who hadn’t, like, committed a war crime, I don’t know how I’d sleep. Sometimes I think, ’Boys were mean to me in high school, so I can take whatever.’ Of course that doesn’t mean you can handle five thousand commenters saying you’re fat, but it does prepare you for feeling like a weirdo.
On aspiring to be like Nora Ephron (for whom wrote an tribute essay after her passing):
I admired her so much, but I imagined she lived on the hundredth floor of a beautiful building uptown where no one could ever reach her. And you hear these stories about her being kind of tough and scaring the bejesus out of people, and those stories made her even cooler, because she was able to make so many people feel happy, at home, and welcome but also able to make crew guys cower in their boots and get what she needed to get done, done.
You can read the full interview here.