Lena Dunham in Glamour: “I Don’t Know If I’m Going to Want to Act Anymore”

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By Daniel Gates



Lena Dunham talks about beauty, would-be imitators and boyfriends in her new Glamour cover profile. “I feel prettier with a naked face and ChapStick,” she tells the magazine. “But a good haircut makes a huge difference.”

The polarizing writer-director-star of “Girls” hints that she may not stay in front of the camera forever.

Dunham reveals, “I don’t know if I’m going to want to act anymore. I’m always relieved on the days I don’t have to. I’d rather give parts to other women than be the woman having the parts.”

It seems as though the star is especially interested in the writing and directing process, and takes issue with critics who seem to think that what she does is easy. “That’s something I’ve come up against — people [thinking], ‘If HBO had just asked me, I would have made a TV show that was just as good but included more people or was smarter or funnier.’ Like, ‘Hey, just give me half an hour and a million dollars, and I’ll do this.'”

As for dating, Dunham is asked to describe a “supportive relationship.”

“It’s somebody who gives you the space and time you need to do your work,” she tells Glamour. “Somebody who says, ‘You couldn’t do anything that would embarrass me. Just be yourself in a way that has integrity, and I’ll be proud of you.'” And it goes deeper than that.

Dunham explains, “I think women are conditioned to stand by their man and watch them make it to the top, but most men never believe the person they get into a relationship with is going to rise any higher than she was when they met. It takes a very special, evolved person to be able to deal with change within a relationship.”

It sounds like she may have found the right match with boyfriend Jack Antonoff, who seems to fit Dunham’s late mentor Nora Ephron’s belief that “you can’t meet someone until you’ve become who you’re becoming.”

“Yeah! [Before Jack] I was all tortured about whether I should get back together with this guy I’d been seeing for five months. We’d broken up, and it felt like my only chance at romance for the rest of my life,” recalls Dunham. “But Nora was like, ‘No, no, no.’ So I broke up with him in January, Girls debuted at the beginning of April, and then I met Jack at the end of April. The dialogue around the show already existed, so it was sort of clear to him what the baggage of dating me was going to be.”

She adds, “I remember talking with him on our first date and him being like, ‘God, all the articles about your nudity on the show are such bullsh-t.’ It’s funny, ’cause in some ways that’s the conversation we still have when I’m upset [about stuff I read].”

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