Lena Dunham has achieved quite a lot in her nearly 27 years. She’s created a hit show (the edgy HBO series “Girls”), become famous for her lead role in it, and was recently rewarded with several Golden Globes. But there’s one feat she’s not interested in accomplishing: Getting the body of a Victoria’s Secret model.
“I don’t think I’d like it very much. There would be all kinds of weird challenges to deal with that I don’t have to deal with now. I don’t want to go through life wondering if people are talking to me because I have a big rack,” Dunham says in the April issue of Playboy. “Not being the babest person in the world creates a nice barrier. That said, I probably would want to see if I could get free food at restaurants. Then I’d call a doctor and see if she could return me to my former situation.”
And in a world where Hollywood saves most of its nude scenes for women with the bodies of, well, Victoria’s Secret models, the fact that Dunham – who also writes and directs the series – often appears naked on "Girls" has been the topic of much discussion since it began airing last year.
SiriusXM radio host Howard Stern (not surprisingly) had some people up in arms earlier this year when he announced on his show that he didn’t like that fact that Dunham was constantly taking her clothes off in scenes that “feel like rape.” He also shared that he thought the “little fat chick” looked like Jonah Hill and was a “camera hog.” Later, after watching more episodes, however, he changed his tune, admitting he’d become addicted to the show. Soon after pleading for Dunham to call in so he could apologize, she did.
“I’m not that fat, Howard,” Dunham insisted during the conversation. “I don’t mean to take major issue with you about this. I’m not super thin, but I’m thin for, like, Detroit.”
Dunham has also stirred controversy not just for tackling taboo topics like abortion and anal sex on “Girls,” but for tackling them in jokey ways (an “abortion party” takes place in one episode, for instance).
“It’s not interesting for me to make art about things we’re all okay with. I make art to explore our darker areas,” Dunham explains to Playboy. “When what I’m doing begins to feel old and tired and socially acceptable, maybe I’ll move on to other topics.”
As for her personal life, Dunham – who is currently dating Fun. musician Jack Antonoff – has no trouble relaying exactly the kind of guy she’s looking for: someone who “has a really good sense of humor and a passion for what he does, wants to hang out with my parents and doesn’t want to stay out too late,” she shares. “If I can get excited imagining funny things he did as a kid, there’s a pretty good chance I’m in love with him.”
And, as open as she seems to be to just about anything, she draws the line when it comes to a guy who’s all about porn. We’ll call him Porn Guy.
“I’ve been lucky enough not to date the Porn Guy. There have been weirdos, but not him. I think you can identify the porny guys early on, based on their behavior,” she shares. “They try to force you into unnatural cinematic sexual positions, or they just seem to have learned a lot of their moves from people who do sex acts for a living. A quick check of their browser history will reveal all you need to know.”