Lena Dunham reflects on ‘swift,’ ‘strong,’ ‘allergic’ response to her body and appearance on ‘Girls’: ‘You’re fat, you’re ugly and you deserve to die’

Lena Dunham was thrust into the cultural zeitgeist at the age of 24 when she first appeared on her own HBO hit series Girls. And although both the immediate and long-lasting impact the show has had still makes her "proud," the 35-year-old actress has yet to recover from the way that she was bullied about her appearance on TV. "People had a very swift and strong and allergic reaction to what I looked like, and they made it very clear to me," Dunham told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview. "I was getting messages — many, many, many of them a day — about what I looked like. Things most people will never have said to them in their lives because most of polite society keeps people from walking up to each other at a Target and going like, 'You're fat, you're ugly and you deserve to die.'"

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