Lena Dunham is the subject of a lengthy New York magazine profile that dropped late Sunday, in which she discussed — among other things — her family and personal relationships, various health maladies and decision to get a hysterectomy at age 31, and most importantly, her post-Girls career trajectory. Going forward after the end of her long-running HBO series last year, Dunham plans to take a step back and no longer make herself the subject of the story.
But for someone who claims to want a break from the spotlight as she continues to come to terms with herself, Dunham put … a lot of herself out there for the piece. At one point writer Allison P. Davis, who received countless, intimate text messages and photos from Dunham while putting together the interview, writes that it appeared that “she [was] trying to be the director of her own candid, sympathy-generating magazine story.”
Indeed, Dunham did offer some head-scratching, seemingly self-awareness lacking details about her life, which are now out there for the whole world to discuss. We’ve rounded up some of the most head-scratching ones, which you can read below.
Dunham is proud of the alter ego — and the pantsuit — even still. “Because she was a very white woman rapper who wore a Hillary Clinton suit, and we haven’t had one of those before,” she says. She spent some time in 2016 campaigning for Clinton — canvassing with friends, uploading photographs in a bespoke blazer with VOTE 4 HILLARY bedazzled on the back. She did not donate. “My job was to, like, make noise, because frankly Bernie was such a thing that I just felt like my voice as, like, a young hyperliberal person was helpful,” she says.
Dunham starts squeezing blackheads on Irma the hairless cat’s chin. “I texted Amy Schumer the other day, and she was like, ‘How are you doing,’ and I was like, ‘You know, fourth operation in a year and losing my fertility and my boyfriend and all this stuff with Aurora,’ and I was like, ‘It’s like, we all go through it,’ and she wrote, ‘Not really.’ ”
On her refusal to quit Instagram amid drumming up controversy:
While Simmons remains an active member of Time’s Up, Dunham has decided to step back. “My voice isn’t needed,” she says simply, a sentence she might never have uttered before. She’s still friends with Taylor Swift, which surprises even her. She has a new plan to go to parties only if they have no more than five other people. She doesn’t plan to quit Instagram, however, no matter how many people on the internet tell her she should. “I’m like, ‘Bitch, you get 3 million followers, then delete your account.
On internet conspiracy theories that she kills her pets:
“You can say a lot of shit about me, but I am a very committed pet owner,” Dunham says. “Ask anybody who works with me on a pet level.”
On her relationship with ex-boyfriend Jack Antonoff:
“Our relationship probably lasted longer than it should have. He’s a very loyal person, so he was not going to bail when the going got tough. He literally held my hand while I got an enema on New Year’s Eve while his family celebrated. But when you’re sick, so much energy goes into making sure the other person is well that you’re not even noticing maybe our schedules aren’t compatible. Maybe we want different things out of our lives. Maybe we have different attitudes about what family means. Maybe these essential questions that people have to ask themselves all the time are not being asked, because we just want to make sure that I don’t pass out at the grocery store.”
On her chronic illnesses:
That summer, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and a mixed connective-tissue disorder, which means that her joints hurt. (“I’m very flexible,” she says. “It’s the reason I’m good at sex and also why I’m gonna die.”)
When she woke up from her surgery, her first question was “Did you find anything?” “ ’Cause I think what they’re gonna say is, like, ‘No, you fucking hypochondriac psycho,’ ” she says. “And so when my surgeon was like, ‘You have the most misshapen and diseased uterus I’ve seen in my entire career,’ I was like, This is vindication.”
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Predictably, after the piece published Dunham once again found herself trending on Twitter, and people had thoughts:
I think we’re all a little exhausted and in need of a nap after all that — or as Dunham puts it, “I take off my jewels. I get ready to snug out.”
(Via New York)