Written Interview: Lena Dunham

December 8th, 2012 by

An interview in Esquire with screenwriter (Tiny Furniture) and creator of the HBO TV series “Girls”. Excerpt:

ESQ: Your boyfriend [in “Girls”] is an asshole, but you seem to like him. I don’t mean your character. I mean you, as the writer of the script.

LD: I have no desire to Andrea Dworkin — style vilify male characters that I write. I want them to be just as complex and relatable and lovely as the girls. It’s important to me that even if the show is from the female point of view that we’re able to imagine how frustrating it must be to be those guys. It’s essential to me.

ESQ: You wrote an essay remembering Nora Ephron. Are you striving for a similar career?

LD: I admired her so much, but I imagined she lived on the hundredth floor of a beautiful building uptown where no one could ever reach her. And you hear these stories about her being kind of tough and scaring the bejesus out of people, and those stories made her even cooler, because she was able to make so many people feel happy, at home, and welcome but also able to make crew guys cower in their boots and get what she needed to get done, done.

ESQ: But is the breadth of her career — movies, books, plays, articles — the model?

LD: Big time.

For more of the interview, go here.

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