Lena Dunham On The Girls Unglam Sex Scenes: “Critics Said, ‘That Guy Wouldn’t Date That Girl!’”
The 27-year-old actress and creator of Girls has been criticized by some for her unattractive, albeit realistic, portrayal of sex and romance on the hit HBO series. But the numbers don’t lie. As Girls popularity continues to grow, Lena confesses that she will continue to show off every ripple and dimple of her curvaceous bod, whether you like it or not, in order to represent all types of women.
“There was a sense that I and many women I knew had been led astray by Hollywood and television depictions of sexuality,” Dunham explained. “Seeing somebody who looks like you having sex on television is a less comfortable experience than seeing somebody who looks like nobody you’ve ever met.”
Which includes her racy scenes last season with Patrick Wilson. “Critics said, ‘That guy wouldn’t date that girl!’ It’s like, ‘Have you been out on the street lately?’ Everyone dates everyone, for lots of reasons we can’t understand,” she says. “Sexuality isn’t a perfect puzzle, like, ‘He has a nice nose and she has a nice nose! She’s got great breasts and he’s got great calves! And so they’re going to live happily ever after in a house that was purchased with their modeling money!’ It’s a complicated thing. I want people ultimately, even if they’re disturbed by certain moments, to feel bolstered and normalized by the sex that’s on the show.”
And while Lena is comfortable letting it all hang, often nude, for the camera, in real life she swears she is quite modest. “I have a really great private existence, almost more like a memoirist or a columnist would, and less like an actor would,” she told the fashion magazine. “No one would describe me as a private person, but I actually really am. It’s important for me to have a lot of time alone, and to have a lot of time in my house by myself. My entire life sort of takes place between me and my dog, my books, and my boyfriend, and my private world. To me, privacy isn’t necessarily equated with secret-keeping. What’s private is my relationship with myself.”
Check out Lena with her onscreen boyfriend, actor Adam Driver, in their glam photo shoot for Vogue below and read the entire cover story here. Do you enjoy watching real portrayals of sex on screen?