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Lena Dunham on why she may quit acting


We personally can't get enough of Lena Dunham in Girls, but it seems her career in front of the camera may be short-lived.

The 27-year-old actress and writer - who recently revealed that she was fired from an HBO mini-series before landing the big time on Girls - says acting may not be the way forward for her.

"I don’t know if I’m going to want to act anymore," Dunham confided to the April edition of US Glamour, for which she is cover star. "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."

Lena with her Girls co-stars

In a wide-ranging interview for the magazine, Dunham also discussed how her character Hannah's frequent nude scenes in the hit HBO series transformed the way in which she viewed her own body.

"I think I radicalised my relationship to my own body in order to accept it," she said. "To make my body a prop in my work gave it a value I didn't feel it had before.

"At the Golden Globes I had a little bit of fat bubbling over, but I love how that looks. It looks so bountiful. It reminded me of corset dramas."

But she added, nude scenes wouldn't always be on the cards: "They'll be a point - maybe when I'm pregnant or when I have kids - when I just want to have my body for myself."

Lena and her boyfriend Jack Antonoff

The actress revealed that her boyfriend of two years, Jack Antonoff, was bemused by all the coverage given to the fact that she often strips off in Girls.

"I remember talking with him on our first date and him being like 'God, all the articles about your nudity on the show are such bulls***,'" she said. "It’s funny, 'cause in some ways that’s the conversation we still have when I’m upset [about media coverage]."

Lena wore a Rag & Bone backless dress for the cover shot

In a keynote speech to the SXSW film festival in Texas this week, Dunham hit out at women being typecast on film as "high school ditzes."

She said Adam Driver, the male lead in Girls, had been offered far meatier parts in other films that his female co-stars.

"People are ready to see Adam play a million different guys in one year – from lotharios to villains to nerds," she said. "Meanwhile [co-stars] Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet are still waiting for parts they can get interested in."

In her interview with Glamour, Dunham also addressed the recent scandal engulfing director Woody Allen, after his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow sent an open letter accusing him of sexual abuse.

"I'm grateful to Dylan Farrow for her bravery in speaking out," Dunham said. "I'm disappointed that Woody Allen thought discussing his ex's sexual history and shaming her was an effective strategy in arguing his innocence."



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