Lena Dunham: I Was a Chubby Teen With No Friends

Lena Dunham: I Was a Chubby Teen With No Friends


January 07, 2013

With the success of her HBO show Girls, Lena Dunham became one of the biggest breakout stars of 2012, but admits to V magazine that she owes her awkward upbringing for her ability to write comedy.

"From kindergarten onward, I was like, 'I don't know what to do with people.' First I was a tiny little kid and I didn't have friends. And then I was a chubby teenager and I didn't have friends," she told the latest issue, on newsstands Jan. 10. "It was just this sensation that I didn't know how to connect."

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Dunham, 26, has sense taken that feeling to the writer's room. "So much of my worldview was formed by feeling isolated. ... I think we can all agree with the idea that the beautiful girls that get all the boys get written about. They don't usually write."

The New York City native adds, "Meeting actresses who such a big part of their job is about what they look like, I feel so lucky to be freed from that prison. I ate cake for breakfast on the day of the Emmys I ate cake for dinner, my workout didn't require Spanx, and I still feel like I looked better than people expected me to. It was amazing. I could feel the envy of every woman in the Sunset Tower."

The four-time Emmy nominee also calls out another perk of being on a hit show, the free stuff! "They actually send [free clothes] to me in my size. No one is being an a**hole and sending them to me in a size 4. They are sending me clothes, they fit, and what people should know is that I always wear them."

Girls returns to HBO for its season 2 debut on Jan. 13.


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