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Lena Dunham Talks Success, Image Misconception, Franco, Fey and Poehler in New EW

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 31, 2013 at 2:32PM

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands February 1), "Girls" creator and recent Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham talks her surprise meteoric rise, the misconception that she comes from a rich family, James Franco as a TV critic, Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and more.
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Cover detail of Entertainment Weekly's February 1, 2013 edition
Cover detail of Entertainment Weekly's February 1, 2013 edition

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands February 1), "Girls" creator and recent Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham talks her surprise meteoric rise, the misconception that she comes from a rich family, James Franco as a TV critic, Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and more. Highlights below. Miranda July also interviewed Dunham for Interview magazine here.

Dunham on James Franco accusing "Girls" of being "another show about white people":

“I think someone told James Franco that it’s his duty to have an opinion on everything that happens in culture. We are going to find out that he’s in the CIA, he’s a fireman, and he’s going on the next moon mission with Lance Bass.”

On her Golden Globes comment that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler inspired her during middle school:

“It came from the most earnest place. But I’d forgotten that we’re in Hollywood, where the rules are that you should not acknowledge that anybody has been around longer than you by more than three years.”

On the misconception that she comes from a rich family:

“This mythology sprung up that I had these rich parents, but it’s like, we all lived in one room! I worked at the dog shelter for $4.50 an hour. I worked at the video store. Babysat. I did go to private school in New York, and I did know a lot of rich kids. But I always had a job.”

On her success and the future:

“I think my perception was: I’m gonna be a writer and a teacher who occasionally makes movies that go to film festivals. I didn’t have an ‘I’m gonna take over the world’ mentality… Just because you have a TV show and a book deal doesn’t mean the Red Sea parts and your path becomes clear. You still have to ask yourself, ‘What is important to me? Who do I want to spend my time with? Can I take care of a dog?’ Those big emotional questions.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.