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Lena Dunham Contemplates Giving Up Acting

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 13, 2014 12:09 PM
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At 27 years old, Lena Dunham still has a long, bright future ahead of her, but she's certainly accomplished quite a bit already. Her feature "Tiny Furniture" brought her to the attention of Hollywood and landed on The Criterion Collection (to the hand-wringing consternation of certain segments of pocket protector cinephiles), and her HBO show "Girls" continues to anchor the network's Sunday night, with the third season winding down and a fourth already ordered. And despite Dunham's fearlessness in the front of the camera, she's already contemplating staying behind the lens and calling the shots.

Speaking with Glamour magazine, the actress revealed that she's uncertain about continuing to play the roles she writes. "I don't know if I'm going to want to act anymore," she said. "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."

And there is a certain logic to that, as giving the parts to other actresses allows for a great variety of interpretation and collaboration. And though Dunham is always busy with "Girls," it's perhaps telling that her only parts outside of the show of late have been in projects from friends and colleagues (Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," the Alex Karpovsky-starring "Supporting Characters" and Joe Swanberg's "Happy Christmas").

Anyhow, we're sure this will provide more fodder for the Dunham obsessives, but for our part, she's still a pretty fascinating presence on "Girls," which winds down its last two episodes of season three across the next two weeks on Sunday night on HBO.

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  • Anonymous | March 15, 2014 9:16 PMReply


  • Jane | March 13, 2014 6:32 PMReply

    Lena will miss her daily participation in her own very public fantasy that she is a ground-breaking, desirable feminist sex-symbol for women when she realizes nobody in real life wants to see her naked.

  • Crazyxcrazy | March 13, 2014 2:52 PMReply

    HALLELUJAH PRAISE THE FCUKING LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    it won't happened, sadly

  • Slen | March 13, 2014 2:04 PMReply

    Then why write yourself as the biggest character in your tv show? She gets the most screen time.

  • BEF | March 13, 2014 1:25 PMReply

    I think she'd be a great director! chase it!

  • Porky pig | March 13, 2014 2:27 PM

    She already IS a great (?) director. Fem-fail.

  • PRESIDENT MAO | March 13, 2014 1:19 PMReply

    'Lena Dunham Contemplates Giving Up Acting.'

    Good idea.

  • Joao | March 13, 2014 1:05 PMReply

    That would be a shame. I'm a big fan of 'Tiny Furniture', 'Girls' and 'Nobody Walks' (I haven't seen 'This Is 40' yet) and I think she's an amazing writer and actress.

  • yer | March 13, 2014 1:01 PMReply

    And nothing of value was lost.

  • Andre | March 13, 2014 12:44 PMReply

    Well, that's pretensious, considering she doesn't really act at all. She's like Woody Allen: in Girls and, I presume, in Tiny Furniture, she wrote characters inspired on herself, and played by herself. She actually plays herself over and over, she's not really an actress. She's a good writer, though.

  • Davey | March 13, 2014 12:54 PM

    The idea that "just playing yourself" doesn't constitute acting really needs to be retired.

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