Words: Jennifer Lynn
Image: S. Bukley
She bagged herself two Golden Globes last night, on the very same evening that season two of her hit TV show Girls premiered to rave reviews across America, but Lena Dunham is just getting started. With Girls S2 hitting UK shores tonight, we bring you five reasons to love Lena… as if you needed any convincing!
1. She stands up for what she believes in
Lena was quoted at Sunday’s Golden Globes saying, “I don’t want to get married until all gay people can get married.” We hope that her boyfriend, Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, realises just how cool his girl is.
2. She knows there’s more to life than being stick thin
Back in October, Lena rocked up to an L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade event in an oversized teal blouse and a pair of barely-there shorts. So far, so Hollywood. However, with her un-Hollywood, ‘normal’ figure, Lena’s look was dissected by fashion bloggers the world over, who ridiculed her “lumpy” thighs. Her response?
“If Olivia Wilde had gone to a party in…little shorts, she might have been on a ‘weird dressed list’ or been told her outfit was cute.
“I don’t think a girl with tiny thighs would have received such no-pants attention. I think what it really was…’Why did you make us all look at your thighs?’
“My response is, get used to it because I am going to live to be 100, and I am going to show my thighs every day till I die.”
3. She’s like, really funny
Her timing, her tone, how she tells a story, EVERYTHING. Lena is effortlessly hilarious. Don’t believe us? You’ve clearly never watched Girls – or followed Lena on Twitter.
4. She laughs in the face of criticism
American radio personality and all-round douchebag Howard Stern said of Lena, “Congrats to her. It’s so hard for little fat chicks to get anything going these days.”
A chilled-out Dunham responded during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, saying, “It put me in the best mood! I just want to be like, my gravestone says, ‘She was a little fat chick and she got it going.'”
5. She’s crazy talented
Not only has she written, produced, directed and starred in a hit TV show, but pre-Girls Lena made several short movies, two feature films and two web series. She’s also had essays published in The New Yorker. All by the age of twenty-six. Lena, we can’t wait to see what you do with the next twenty-six years.
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Girls airs on Monday nights at 10pm on Sky Atlantic