Tina Fey Throws a Sliver of Shade at Naked Lena Dunham
By Antoinette Bueno
Tina Fey is getting candid on her thoughts on who many see as her TV-writer successor -- Girls creator Lena Dunham.
In a new interview with Elle magazine for their 21st annual Women in Hollywood Awards, the 44-year-old 30 Rock creator comments on Dunham's frequent on-screen nudity, and how her philosophy greatly differs from her.
"There's a generational difference in our comedy," she says. "Her generation feels that to be nude and to be sexual on-screen is empowered, and we're on the end of a generation that's like, 'You're not gonna trick me into doing this!'"
But before you think Tina's throwing some serious shade Lena's way, she clarifies that Lena does have different motives for her decision to bare all.
"But they say, 'We're not being cute, we're incorporating our genuine sexuality,'" she explains. "Which is an improvement. It's great."
Lena has defended her nudity on Girls before, when she got into tense exchange with a reporter who said he "didn't get the purpose of all the nudity on the show" at a Television Critics Association event in Pasadena, Calif in January.
"It's because it's a realistic expression of what it's like to be alive, I think, and I totally get it," Lena, 28, said. "If you are not into me, that's your problem, and you're going to have to work that out with professionals."
But interestingly enough, this isn't the first time Tina and Lena have seemingly taken subtle digs at one another for their age differences.
After Lena won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series at last year's Golden Globes and thanked her fellow nominees for getting her "through middle school," Tina surprisingly responded on-stage.
"Congratulations, Lena, glad we got you through middle school," she sarcastically said to her co-host Amy Poehler.