Lena Dunham, creator and star of HBO’s Girls, is on the cover of Variety this week in an issue dedicated to the ‘Power of Women.’ In her interview, which you’ve gotta read, she shares some seriously awesome feminist wisdom and fills us in on the future of her hit show. Dunham also talks about her production company A Casual Romance, what it means to “Lean In,” and where she sees Girls ending. While we’re crushed that an ending is even on the horizon, we do like where her head’s at (aka already on a reunion).
Dunham and team are currently working on the fifth season of the runaway — and controversial — show, and Dunham let a little bit of the plot slip. The show will be set after a jump forward in time. Does that mean the six-month jump forward we saw at the end of the finale, or does it mean a jump from that point? Of course, it could mean anything, and we are already so pumped to see where everyone is this coming season!
But she also talked about season six, which she could see as being the end of the series. That’s right — two more seasons of Girls. Dunham had this to say about the prospect of ending the show:
“I think America has a tendency to push shows past their due dates. I like the British model — in and out . . . Will [Hannah] be with anyone? That’s the question. And how important is it ending up with someone, and is that the marker of success for a woman?”
But Dunham is already thinking about bringing the cast together for a movie, just not any time soon.
“I have fantasies of us all coming back when we’re 40,” Dunham says. “We’d want to wait long enough for something to have really gone down.”
Beyond Girls, Dunham is doing everything she can to make sure women have an equal chance in the entertainment industry. She and co-showrunner Jenni Konner started A Casual Romance, which is all about empowering women and sharing unique perspectives on gender. Dunham is also an outspoken feminist, and creating space for other women in the industry is something Dunham feels passionately about.
“When there’s an industry devoid of women, there’s a tendency for women to feel like they have to protect their spot, like there’s not enough room in town for both of us,” Dunham says. “We need to break that down and support each other, because as my dad always says, ‘A rising tide lifts all boats . . . It’s our job as women who have been given a certain amount of success and visibility to pull other women along with us.”
As for spreading the word on feminism, Dunham sees a lack of understanding of what feminism means as the culprit keeping many women from using the word themselves.
“I feel like young women aren’t comfortable with that word because they haven’t been properly educated about what it means. They’ve been sent the message that feminism is somehow unsexy, shrew-like women who feel like men should be stripped of power. What they don’t understand is that feminism is just a way to talk about equality.”
The whole profile can be read at Variety, look for Dunham’s issue on newsstands now.