Lena Dunham Interview in Glamour Magazine | April 2014

Lena Dunham May Quit Acting After Girls Ends

Lena Dunham May Quit Acting After Girls Ends

Ironically, seeing a lot of Lena Dunham now may lead to seeing none of her at all later. In her interview for the cover story for Glamour's April issue, the Girls star and creator revealed she may quit acting after the hit HBO show ends its run. In addition to talking about being "relieved" on days she doesn't have to act, she opened up about her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff, and the "baggage" that came going into their relationship, plus a surprising aspect of the show she gets "fetishistic" about on set.

It's been a big few months for Lena. She landed the February cover of Vogue, revealed the October release date for her book, and hosted SNL last weekend. So even if she does quit acting, we'll probably still see plenty of Lena. Keep reading for her quotes from Glamour, then pick up the issue on newsstands March 18.

  • On dating boyfriend Jack Antonoff right after the show premiered: "The dialogue around the show already existed, so it was sort of clear to him what the baggage of dating me was going to be. I remember talking with him on our first date and him being like, 'God, all the articles about your nudity on the show are such bullsh*t.' It's funny, 'cause in some ways that's the conversation we still have when I'm upset [about stuff I read]."
  • On acting in the future: "I don't know if I'm going to want to act anymore. I'm always relieved on the days I don't have to. I'd rather give parts to other women than be the woman having the parts."
  • On her artistic choices on the show: "I want you to feel like you are getting lost with these characters. So I write long scenes. TV feels the least likelife when it's, like, two seconds here, then 'meanwhile at this person’s house.' I wanted to make a show that wasn't as bright as other shows . . . I've always been incredibly attracted to pictures of my parents [the artists Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham] in the 1970s. That aged photograph palette seems to give an importance to their 20s. So I was like, I'd like to make something that shows my 20s through that beautiful soft-focus lens. Also, I get very fetishistic when I'm shooting the girls — especially Jemima."
  • On how she feels about beauty: "I feel prettier with a naked face and ChapStick. But a good haircut makes a huge difference."

Source: Tom Munro/Glamour

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