Five things Rolling Stone taught us about Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham is so hot right now. Every magazine, news outlet and marijuana-emblazoned tumblr is irrevocably addicted to chronicling the on-screen dud/ off-screen entertainment aficionado’s every move.
Dunham’s “voice of a generation” TV series Girls is likely the most discussed HBO programming injection since Sex and the City, and has been criticized/ celebrated for its complex/ marginal depiction of the twenty-something experience. Of course, the afore sentence has become clichéd entertainment jargon for anyone who has (not even avidly) been following Dunham’s succession of greats – book deals, awards, Twiggy-inspired shoots and even slamming the Chris Brown/ Rihanna saga, to name a few. The perpetual spotlight on Dunham’s career – rather than her personal life – has come to augment Dunham as a public persona who is simultaenously goofy/ fun/ smart/ successful, all while maintaining that signature ‘keep it real’ persona.
Rolling Stone, of course, have not been blind to her ostensible Midas touch, and have thus shot Hollywood’s latest wunderkind for their latest cover. Donned in a brand-free white singlet, lacey bra, and an is-it-sexy-or-ironic-or-both tongue out, the Brian Hiatt-penned profile is both revelatory and predictable because it paints Dunham as, well, somewhat normal. Here are five insights from the article that have so far surfaced online.
5. Lena is kind of a self-hating Jew: “I know this is not something that I'm supposed to say given the criticisms I've received, but when, like, black people convert to Judaism, it slays me. 'Cause why would you ever choose to be Jewish? I would not be Jewish if I had not been born Jewish. I can't get away from it now.”
4. Lena suffers from OCD: She was on “massive doses” of antidepressents throughout her teenage years. Still, she occasionally takes Lexapro and has a stash of Klonopin on tap. Also, she went through a phase when she obsessed over the number eight. (There is definitely numerological significane to that.)
3. In the height of her OCD, Lena told her mother she had sexual fantasies about her: “In the throes of her number-eight obsession, Dunham put that ethos to the test. "I remember saying to my mom when I was little, 'I just had to imagine having sex with you eight times,'" she says, "and she really took it in stride! She was like, 'Well, it's your imagination; it didn't really happen.’”
2. Lena is something of a teetotaller: Dunham generally abstains from alchol, isn’t patial to getting high and has “been known to undergo intravenous vitamin drips.”
1. She gets anxious, and is thus really the voice of her generation: “Some of my anxieties might be solved by a better awareness of what's actually befalling this planet and what makes everything run and what's come before us," she says. "But it overwhelms me too much. It makes me want to take a nap." She takes a breath. "And in that respect, I really relate to people in my generation.”