1. Girls. She wrote, acted, and directed the gloriousness that is Girls. I realize this is a polarizing TV show and people either love it or hate it but I stand firmly on the side of love. Sure, I may not live in Brooklyn, I don’t take baths with my friends, and I’ve never once pondered a pixie cut, but the feelings of the twentysomething female experience seem to be semi-universal. We all have a friend like Marnie and many of us have a Jessa too.
Plus, Hannah Horvath proved that I’m not the only one who has thought about saying this to my parents:
2. Hollywood is filled with carbon copies of the current “it girl”. Lena isn’t that. She isn’t afraid to be her authentic self. That’s certainly rare in Hollywood, but it’s also rare in life. It’s probably what I admire her for the most.
3. She’s friends with everybody. I kind of thought she’d think she was too cool to be buddies with Taylor Swift but turns out, she loves her.
She recently said, about Taylor: “She helps me be stronger and make better decisions.”
4. She’s made feminism cool to a whole new generation. I’m not saying feminism was ever not cool but she’s certainly helped to bring it to the attention of twenty-something women. Hell yes I want to make exactly the same amount of money as a man. And yes, I want the same opportunities as a man. Feminism = equality.
5. Scrolling through her twitter feed is the fastest way to snarf your coffee and fall out of your desk chair in a fit of giggles.
6. She’s naked. A lot. I swear every time I’m watching the show and N walks in, only to find Lena Dunham naked on-screen again, he wonders aloud “why is she naked so much?”
Here’s what Lena has to say about why she’s naked on the show so often:
“It’s because it’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive, I think, and I totally get it,” said Dunham. “If you are not into me, that’s your problem, and you are going to have to kind of work that out with whatever professionals you’ve hired.”
I kind of love that Lena is naked so much. I honestly think seeing her naked on Girls was the first time I saw a woman who wasn’t a model or model-like naked on a TV screen. She has bumps and lumps and a little extra chunk there? Me too. It felt normal and open and wonderful.
7. She is as obsessed with her dog Lamby as I am with Archie. Proof.
8. She articulates herself in an intelligent way about challenging subjects. That is something to admire.
9. She supports marriage equality and uses her platform to bring attention to its importance.
10. She’s not a mean girl. She recently said this, in an interview with Glamour magazine:
“We live in a society that wants to pit women against each other, and it’s our job to resist the tyranny of that.”
So basically, I love Lena. Season 4 of Girls doesn’t come out until 2015 and I already can’t wait.