Lena Dunham Scores First Vogue Cover As Hollywood’s “Hardest-Working Millennial”

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11:05 am, January 15th, 2014

(Annie Leibovitz/Vogue)

(Annie Leibovitz/Vogue)

Lena Dunham has scored her first Vogue cover, appearing on the magazine’s February issue as the “New Queen of Comedy.”

The “Girls” creator and star, who posed for a spread shot by famed celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz, is dubbed “the hardest-working millennial in show business.”

In the accompanying interview, Dunham opens up about balancing her work load with her private life, and why she still has trouble adjusting to the Hollywood scene.

“I like Los Angeles, but more than two weeks and I start to get a very sad feeling. You eat well there, and you take hikes, and my dog loves it, but ultimately it’s not the right place for me,” she confesses.

Dunham goes on to give an example.

“I went early on to a party at a really famous person’s house. They had a private chef there making pizza, and I remember the dog was wearing a bow tie,” she recalls. ”Every time I looked around, it would be like, Is that someone I know from camp? No, that’s Ashton Kutcher.”

Dunham continues, “It was such a weird scene. I remember thinking, I don’t feel at home here, and no matter how long this is my job, I will never feel at home here. And if I do start to feel at home here, someone should really worry about me.”

The star’s achievements since then hasn’t changed things much in that regard.

“I still go to a party and say something embarrassing to someone, and then write them a weird e-mail about it the next day, and then write them a text because I think they didn’t get the e-mail,” she says. “No matter what happens with your level of success, you still have to deal with all the baggage that is yourself.”

What helps, however, is having “a really great private existence, almost more like a memoirist or a columnist would, and less like an actor would…  which I enjoy, because I can’t overstate how much I hate leaving the house,” notes Dunham.

She explains, “No one would describe me as a private person, but I actually really am. It’s important for me to have a lot of time alone, and to have a lot of time in my house by myself.”

“My entire life sort of takes place between me and my dog, my books, and my boyfriend [Jack Antonoff], and my private world,” says Dunham. “To me, privacy isn’t necessarily equated with secret-keeping. What’s private is my relationship with myself.”

Of course, Dunham infuses ”Girls” with many of her personal experiences, and the show has, at times, received a backlash for its frank takes on sexuality and dating.

After the show’s debut, she says, “I expected ‘I like it!’ or ‘It’s annoying!’ But the kind of ‘What’s this doing to our culture?’ conversation was shocking.”

Dunham recalls getting flack for a storyline where her character has a relationship with a doctor played by Patrick Wilson.

“Critics said, ‘That guy wouldn’t date that girl!’ It’s like, ‘Have you been out on the street lately?’ Everyone dates everyone, for lots of reasons we can’t understand,” she says, pointing out, ”Sexuality isn’t a perfect puzzle, like, ‘He has a nice nose and she has a nice nose! She’s got great breasts and he’s got great calves! And so they’re going to live happily ever after in a house that was purchased with their modeling money!’”

She continues, “It’s a complicated thing. I want people ultimately, even if they’re disturbed by certain moments, to feel bolstered and normalized by the sex that’s on the show.”

Dunham has also gotten blowback on Twitter for some controversial jokes, but she doesn’t plan on holding back anytime soon.

“If I placed that many censors on myself, I wouldn’t be able to continue to make the kinds of things that I make. And so I just sort of know there are going to be moments where I take it one step too far,” she admits.

And all the criticism in the world doesn’t get in the way of Duhnam realizing she’s living her dream gig.

“I wanted to be a fashion designer. I wanted to be a babysitter. I wanted to be an architect,” she tells the mag. “Every fantasy job you have as a child is encompassed in the act of filmmaking.”

Of stumbling into her relationship with Antonoff of fun. – thanks to a blind set-up — Dunham confesses, “I’d been like, If I never date again in my whole life, I’ll be fine with it! I want to work and rescue rabbits and be a notable eccentric!”

“I had a whole romantic idea about singledom, and then, of course, that’s the moment when you meet someone that you really care about,” she says.

Though most of her cards are already on the table, Dunham plans to share even more in a memoir set to be released this fall.

And after that?

“I really will have exhausted my personal life as a subject after this book enters the world,” she says. “And I kind of feel OK about that.”

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Lena Dunham Fires Back at TV Critic Over Girls Nudity: “If You’re Not Into Me, That’s Your Problem”

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2:50 pm, January 10th, 2014

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Lena Dunham got into a tense exchange with a reporter at the Television Critics Association press tour event for “Girls” on Thursday after the journalist asked her why she’s naked so frequently on the show.

The HBO series’ creator-star was on stage with her co-stars (as well as producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner) when Tim Molloy of The Wrap posed a pointed question.

“I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity on the show,” Molloy told Dunham. “By you particularly. I feel like I’m walking into a trap where you say no one complains about the nudity on ‘Game of Thrones,’ but I get why they’re doing it. They’re doing it to be salacious. To titillate people. And your character is often naked at random times for no reason.”

She replied, “It’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive, I think, and I totally get it. If you’re not into me, that’s your problem.”

“You’re going to have to kind of work that out with whatever professionals you’ve hired,” added Dunham.

Her producers were even more outraged.

Apatow asked Molloy if he has a girlfriend (he does), going on to say, “Let’s see how she likes you when you quote that with your question and just write the whole question as you stated it… and tell me how it goes tonight.”

Konner wondered aloud whether his girlfriend might be a “misogynist.”

Later, after the panel had moved on from the question, Konner returned to the topic.

“I literally was spacing out because I’m in such a rage spiral about that guy that I literally could not hear,” she told the audience. “I’m so sorry. I really don’t mean to disrespect you. I just was looking at him and going into this rage, this idea that you would talk to a woman like that and accuse a woman of showing her body too much.”

She added, “The idea, it just makes me sort of sick, and so I apologize to everyone. I’m going to try to focus now, but if I space out, it will be because of that guy.”

What do you think about the question Molloy asked and the reaction from the “Girls” team?

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Shia LaBeouf ‘Apology’ Saga Now Involves Lena Dunham, Even Stevens & Sociopaths

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6:59 pm, January 4th, 2014

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Lena Dunham is now ensnared in the never-ending saga of Shia LaBeouf’s plagiarism apology tour.

To recap: LaBeouf was caught ripping off comic artist Daniel Clowes with his directorial project HowardCantour.com, and has spent the ensuing weeks apologizing for his actions by deliberately plagiarizing other people’s unrelated public apologies.

The entire exercise is, apparently, some kind of meta commentary on plagiarism and apologies… or performance art… or something.

Earlier this week, LaBeouf tweeted a picture of a skywriting apology to Clowes he commissioned to be scripted high above Los Angeles (see below).

On Saturday, Dunham commented on Twitter, “I’ve always felt, utterly and unchangeably, that only sociopaths hire skywriters.”

She then added, “The worst part is I’d probably totally drop my morals, and my pants, if someone skywrote to me.”

LaBeouf saw Dunham’s jab, retweeted it, and then tweeted, “I don’t mind creating debate with thoroughly considered artistic expressions but I don’t want to offend with a tweet. Sorry world.”

Those words are actually Dunham’s — from an October 2012 apology (on Twitter) regarding a Halloween costume joke she’d made that some considered offensive.

Dunham was startled to see her own apology appropriated by LaBeouf.

“Vaguely recognized Shia Labeouf’s latest twitter apology and realized it was MINE! Touché, Louis Stevens,” tweeted Dunham, referencing LaBeouf’s character on the early 2000s Disney series “Even Stevens.”

She continued, “Projecting a lot of rage against my 7th grade boyfriend on LaBeouf. Think this is the start of something really productive #2014.”

And that’s where things stand.

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