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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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