Hilary Knight didn’t just draw Eloise he inspired a generation.
Among those the famed illustrator impacted was Lena Dunham, who identified with the popular children’s book character that lived in the “room on the tippy-top floor” of the Plaza Hotel in New York City. So much, in fact, that she has a tattoo of Eloise on her lower back.
“That was my first tattoo because it felt like the only thing that I knew I would never get sick of,” Dunham told press at Sundance. “My childhood affinity for her never wavered. And I felt so connected to the character, and tattoos are about self-expression and self-knowledge, and that seemed like the perfect entrée into this."
It’s that appreciation for the 88-year-old artist that led her to executive produce It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, a new HBO documentary about his life’s work. The film draws a portrait of a man who rocketed to success early in his career and spent his life trying to find a balance between his privacy and keeping his legacy alive.
The trailer, which will debut on-air this Sunday, shows the connection between Knight and Dunham as they explore his world to tell his story.
The film, directed by Matt Wolf and co-executive produced by Jenni Konner (Girls), will debut Monday, Mar. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.