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Lena Dunham's Not Sure If She Wants to Act Anymore

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 13, 2014 at 1:52PM

Lena Dunham's hilarious turn on this past weekend's SNL reiterated something: Aside from being a talented writer and director, the woman's got delivery chops. She's easily the strongest actress of the four female leads on "Girls." But, per an interview with Glamour magazine, Dunham may not want to be in front of the camera for much longer.
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Lena Dunham covers Glamour's April 2014 issue
Lena Dunham covers Glamour's April 2014 issue

Lena Dunham's hilarious turn on this past weekend's SNL reiterated something: Aside from being a talented writer and director, the woman's got delivery chops. She's easily the strongest actress of the four female leads on "Girls." But, per an interview with Glamour magazine, Dunham may not want to be in front of the camera for much longer.

She said to Glamour:

"I don't know if I'm going to want to act anymore. 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."

Now, HBO has already ordered a fourth season of "Girls," and Hannah Horvath's the anchor of that show. Clearly Dunham mulling over the possibility of giving up acting would be more of a long-term consideration. Perhaps if she returns to feature filmmaking?


As the Playlist points out, Dunham hasn't jumped at too many acting projects outside of her own, with the exception of smaller roles in friends and collaborators' works (Judd Apatow's "This Is 40" and Joe Swanberg's "Happy Christmas," for example).

Either way, Dunham and her hyperbolic career path continue to be of high interest.

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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.