Lena Dunham Questions Future In Acting
By JACKIE WILLIS
March 11, 2014
After winning a Golden Globe, hosting Saturday Night Live and leading the hit HBO show Girls, is Lena Dunham ready to give up acting?
"I don't know if I'm going to want to act anymore," the 27-year-old admits to Glamour magazine, on newsstands March 18, when asked about her future in front of the screen. "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."
Giving a glimpse into her process when writing Girls, Lena explains, "I want you to feel like you are getting lost with these characters. So I write long scenes. TV feels the least like life 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 twenties. So I was like, I'd like to make something that shows my twenties through that beautiful soft-focus lens. Also, I get very fetishistic when I'm shooting the girls--especially Jemima [Kirke]."
Do you think Lena should give up on acting and focus on her behind-the-camera talents?