Lena Dunham

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Американская актриса, режиссёр, сценарист, продюсер и комик
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Hello from the floor of quarantine in London, where I am in full isolation in accordance with Tier 4 lockdown laws! But the chance to be alone with only a bag of crisps and my thoughts before I go full bore into the most ambitious project of my career has been a special lil' gift- it's given me a moment to reflect on the strength and stability I feel as I barrel toward my *official* mid-thirties, and how deeply it contrasts with the flightiness and fragility of my twenties. And it's funny, because my twenties were much flashier- more outward facing achievement, more dresses and liquid eyeliner and taking my shoes off at parties and being told I was doing a hot job. But I was fighting my ass off to stay in the mix, for fear of what a moment of quiet might reveal to me- the roaring in my ears, the scraping in my brain. The last three years- since Girls ended, since my health and long term relationship collapsed at once and I had to rebuild myself in a new body and home, since I got sober and learned what it meant to really sit with myself- have been deafeningly quiet. But in that silence, more has occurred than ever did when I was dancing as fast as I could. I've discovered my own values. I've taken up dorky hobbies. I've built and scrapped and replotted dreams. I've healed without even knowing it was happening. I've planted the seeds for the kind of life I thought I was living but I was only playing at before- one full of art and friendship and honesty and love. I've motored my own boat (that... sounded wrong?) I guess this post is a glowing recommendation for quiet, in all its forms. It's the opposite of boring. What's boring is staying at the party too long. What's cool is sitting in the bathtub afterwards. What have you found in the silence lately?
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Wise men say only fools rush in #boycrazy #theking
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Hello 2020 survivor babies, I hate New Year’s Eve- especially sober, the substance-laden pressure to clamor toward a lover, a moment of ecstasy or joy or fun or finality is just crushing. I have spent way too many of them in bed with a form of pudding just praying for midnight to strike. On the contrary, I love year-end round ups, and the doozy that was 2020 for every sweet soul on earth really deserves a recap. We all know what went down, so here are some nuggets of knowledge I feel lucky to have learned the hard way and maybe you can use (and perhaps not struggle for as mightily as your girl did?) -There comes a time we must accept that our life is not going to look the way our mothers, grandmothers, friends or ex-lovers thought it would or should. There is liberation in that. Try it on for size. Take it for a walk around the block. Own it. -It’s scary to speak when you don’t feel your voice is central or useful, but silence can be even more deadly when silence means condoning behavior that is dangerous to those you love or reinforces unacceptable societal structures. Finding ways to pipe in with love and focus is a lifelong process, imperfect and imprecise. But try and try again. It’s the most human work. -Solitude is different than loneliness. Companionship is different than togetherness. -We never stop being messy, but hopefully we find a way to focus the mess so that it no longer explodes into other people’s territory- it’s like being a good emotional roommate. Keep the common areas clean. Then go wild, kid. -Just because you invited him over, it doesn’t mean you gotta smash. (yes I’m 34 and I just got this. Thanks to the younger generation for enlightening an old bitch. Hey, Tik Tok!) And just because you said you didn’t wanna smash, doesn’t mean you can’t do it later. The world is our oyster. -The worst part of straight sex is that cis men are involved. I miss you all. I love you so big. I hope you end the year feeling so sure that you were born to do it, even if you aren’t sure exactly why. Forever your girl, Lena
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Doing The C-Word Podcast is my favorite thing on the damned planet - we have the most joyous time talking about the lives of women considered crazy by society. Wanna binge us over this holiday break? Go ahead, sweet children!!! Link in bio.
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When adults with arthritis try and do Euphoria ...
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I'm begging for you to take my hand Wreck my plans, that's my dog
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Oh hey, just self-isolating with my pod, aka my pot belly and my sunglasses. You know I’ve been thinking a lot about my pot belly in quarantine- especially as I notice an unusual amount of articles with titles like “how I lost the weight” and “diet is everything.” Are there more of them or do I just have more time to notice? Somehow, headlines that used to roll off my flesh rolls sting in a new way- not because I think that’s the body I’m meant to have, but because it feels like it’s adding yet another item to the epic to-do list we are all creating for ourselves in Covid- you know the one: “Now that I can’t be in the world, maybe I’ll finally... take up karate... build my own furniture... grow geraniums...” But for most people pandemic life has not proven to be a break from the world or themselves. And so the list grows, the items remain unchecked, and the suggestion of a revamped clean eating plan in my newsfeed somehow feels like a personal assault. Growing up chubby, fat, thicc, whatever you wanna call it- I always felt my body was a sign that read “I’m lazy and I have done less.” Like if I just found the will to invest 30% more I could be okay. Over the years, as my body guided me through my career and illness and disability, I started to appreciate what it was capable of. But somehow, this pandemic time has brought back some of those old feelings of self-loathing and I think it all comes back to that damned to-do list, the one that started when we went into lockdown. Should I be revamping my fridge with veggies and showing off before/after pics, emerging from quarantine with a revenge body? And why, after all these years spent fostering self love, do I still feel like weight loss is an item for my to-do? When I could be adding “learn Spanish?” or “fall in love with a firefighter?” Like, what if I checked that one off *forever forever* (by doing it never never)? But I’m so curious- what has this period brought up for you as you’ve sat with the body you were given, no matter where self isolation has taken it? Please share with me in the comments- I’ll be reading faithfully from right here in this bikini top.
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Don’t swipe unless you wanna see a photo of a seasonally appropriate and very thankful bitch
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For the last year I’ve been writing a piece for @harpersmagazine about the experience of learning, once and for all, that I would never be a biological mother- and about the Internet communities that I fell into when it felt like the world had no space IRL for the grief, pain and rage that comes along with processing something of this magnitude. Fertility is a complex topic, one that’s easy to reduce to outdated biological urges and gender roles, baby announcement photos and girl on girl jealousy. The fertility industrial complex is also about financial privilege, the refusal to be perceived as a quitter and (often, not always, shout out to the many queer folks using IVF to change the face of American families) fear of embracing non-normative home structures. But for me- for so many- my turn on the IVF ride was wrapped up in self-hatred, addiction and fear of the unknown- who was I if not a mother?I wrote this piece for the many women who have been failed by both medical science and their own biology, but who have been further failed by society’s inability to imagine another role for them. I also wrote this for the people who dismissed their pain. And I wrote this for the strangers online- some of whom I communicated with, most of whom I did not- who showed me, over and over again, that I was far from alone. A special thank you to the sensitive and rigorous Christopher Beha, a wonderful editor. I hope this starts a few conversations, asks more questions than it answers and reminds us that there are so many ways to be a mother, and even more ways to be a woman. And to quote a bard of our time: “I am bigger than my body gives me credit for.” Link, as ever, in bio.
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When your friend sends you that are your 🧠 in floral form. I love you the most @emrata
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Ten years ago today my film Tiny Furniture premiered. I couldn’t have imagined where it would take me (I was working at a children’s clothing store when I made it, babysitting and in the process of applying to teach kids experimental film at the high school I went to in Brooklyn. That seemed like a pretty cool life in and of itself) and despite the bumps and lumps in the road every single day I am grateful that I get to tell stories for a job, stories about thorny imperfect women, which is all I ever wanted. I get to do that because I’m a stubborn lil bitch but also because all of you support that vision and bought tickets to see this unknown filmmaker’s indie all those years ago. So, thank you. (I’m about to go make my first feature since Tiny Furniture and I’m running on green tea and hope so I’m extra emotional. Also, look at Lance’s 35mm pics of the premiere! Why didn’t anyone tell me how cute I was!?? To paraphrase my beloved Nora Ephron, if I’d known how good I’d looked I would have been naked for my entire twenties. Oh wait, I was ) @lanceedmands
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A year ago I found myself living in Wales, the land of dragons and scones and... sexy international finance? You see, I was there to direct and produce the pilot episode of Industry, a new HBO drama from the brilliantly broken minds of Mickey Down and Konrad Kay. From the minute I read this script, I knew I had to be a part of making the world they had so deftly written a reality- like all the best writing, it sang to me and then created pictures. I loved the way they understood and explored the tenuous and painful role that money plays in issues of race, gender, mental health and bodily autonomy. But despite the seriousness of the message, this show gets joyful and rowdy and so did my incredible young cast: Myha’la, Marisa, Harry, David, Nabhaan- I am so grateful for the trust and the play and the world we found. To the rest of the cast and crew: dwi'n eich edmygu (that means “I admire you” in Welsh.) Being a director is the best job I could ever ask for because how else could a Jewish girl from New York learn about the emotional manipulations of London day trading? So please watch and enjoy- I promise you a blessed quarantine distraction this Monday night on @hbo, full of characters you will love like your own friends and scenes that will be hard to forget - including my personal specialty of the house- a VERY sexy dance sequence.
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Seeing a human smile- a smile with empathy in it, a smile with lights in its eyes- and the word president on the same screen. Knowing that we have our first female Vice President, a woman of color, standing beside him. The texts full of every patriotic emoji possible and the cheers in the streets and the sighs of relief- remembering why being an American can feel hopeful and not just hurtful. What a wonderful day
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This morning I looked at my photos from four years ago today- I had just come back from campaigning in North Carolina and after a few hours of sleep and no shower headed to downtown Brooklyn to phone bank, my party dress in a bag under my arm so I could change in the bathroom and head to the Javitz Center to watch the election results come in. The rest of that night is a series of frozen moments- the odd horror of a wedding that becomes a funeral. The amount of grief that room held is something I’ll never forget, and seeing those photos reminded me how many of us are constricted into old fear today. Presumably you’ve done everything you know how to do- maybe you’ve phone banked, maybe you’ve driven people to the polls, maybe you’ve argued with impossible relatives, maybe you’ve donated, you’ve definitely fucking voted (but if you haven’t you still CAN - head to www.vote.org) - and now this feeling. This old feeling (or, if you’re a first time voter, this new feeling- welcome, to the side of democracy that feels a lot like an anxiety disorder!) Our job now is to protect the people who will be most immediately effected by this outcome, either the reality of the administration or the reaction to a new one. Election anxiety is a luxury, because anxiety is abstract and for so many this outcome is not abstract at all. I love you all, keep pushing.
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Name: Lena, Age: 34, Location: bedroom, Kink: Voting. Who else voted this wk? Can we see some proof? (ps. And it’s still not too late! Drop your ballots off in a ballot box or vote in person!) #Vote #VoteEarly #VotingIsSexy
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It was an honor to help my angel of a friend @emrata capture this beautiful and delicate moment of transition in her life for @voguemagazine, directing a short quarantine documentary about the beginning of her pregnancy. So moved by her words and to be a small part of her experience. Love you Em. I cannot wait to see who they will be. ⁣ ⁣ Directed by me ⁣ Written and filmed by @emrata⁣ Edited by @dschneids⁣ Post Production @modern.post⁣ Colorist Justin Schroepfer⁣ Music “Chrome Country” performed by Oneohtrix Point Never (@eccopn), courtesy of Warp Records (@warprecords)
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That cheeky smile is because I had the pleasure of voting early! Did you? It will surprise exactly nobody to learn that I support #bidenharris- because I want a world where healthcare is a right not a privilege, women have bodily autonomy, systemic racism doesn’t run rampant throughout our police forces, our trans siblings can walk into any bathroom, global warming isn’t treated as a myth.... the list goes on. This administration has told a lot of lies, but if you’ve ever heard your vote doesn’t matter then that’s the biggest lie there is. So make your voting plan, talk to your friends and family about theirs and vote like it’s as fun as eating Takis in bed or a night in Vegas- because there’s nothing sweeter than taking back your liberty, baby.
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New rule: as long as you’re voting, you can eat absolutely as much pizza as you want. I mean, people are proposing laws that make less sense, right? But seriously, we are getting so close- have you voted and if not, do you have your plan? It’s never been this urgent and we’ve never been this *hungry* for change (get it? So sorry, I’ll go to sleep now)
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Sometimes you have a friend so special that you want to keep them all to yourself. You wish you could hide them in a little egg in your pocket and pull them out and hear their whispers throughout the day, because everything they say feels like it is perfect and just for you. But the problem with being friends with @mirandajuly is that a whole lot of people feel like she is whispering just to them. I'm just lucky enough to get up close to it. And never have I loved that whispering more than in her new film @kajillionairefilm, which is now on screens near you and which- during this strange and lonely time- will make you feel the precious strings that tie us all together (her specialty.) So, in honor of the release of this film, some highlights from our near decade of friendship. In order: 1- When Miranda let me smell her neck recently. 2- When Miranda allowed my dog to lie on her foot, despite a slight fear of dog heads. 3- Miranda with four important mustards. 4- a video from Venice, when Miranda made an app called Somebody that allowed people to send each other spoken messages and I abused it terribly by forcing her to apologize for a fight we never had. 5- My special #Kajillionaire sweatshirt. I love you Miranda, and everything that springs forth from your precious curly head.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s most fervent wish was to not be replaced until a new president was elected. It’s time to elect someone new. Incredible video directed by @rachelfleit. #RBG #VOTE
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Partnering today with my favorite @11honore to remind you of the single most important task on your to do list: VOTING. My fellow women of curves can head over to 11honore.com and get this very same tee, where a percentage of sales will be donated to @iamavoter (the shirts are cute as heck too...). Now go and exercise your right (but don’t actually go exercise. Unless you feel like it. I sure don’t. Mama’s stress eatin’ her way to this election...)
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Today is International #DayoftheGirl And in support of #TheGirlEffect here’s my take— I was supposed to listen to the word no, but I chose to hear it as the word GO. Thank you for nominating me my beloved @chelseahandler . I nominate you @kaiagerber! Tag one friend who inspires you to share your SUPPOSED TO / CHOSE TO story. Why just one? Because when one girl finds her power to make different choices that change her life, it inspires others to do the same...and THAT changes the world. Thanks @girleffect for a great iniative!
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There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. -Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own In my twenties I worked hard- too hard- and I didn’t know why. To impress boys? To buy a purse I’d inevitably lose? To be able to say that I was worth something to the capitalist machine? I now know I was working toward this- a room of one‘s own, a room with a view. A place where my mind does not need to constrict to fit impossible shapes or please impossible customers. A place where my story gives birth to other stories. On #worldmentalhealthday, I honor every woman who fights for the sliver of space she deserves- where she is more than a diagnosis and where she can truly breathe. I will never stop trying to tell our stories.
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No one else I love more by my side @lauriesimmons. Happy Birthday.
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In this time of solitude, I’ve been journaling my off. If you don’t journal, I can’t give it a high enough score. I started as soon as I could string two words together because cool girls always did it in, like, #TheBabysittersClub Books and I would leave my diary out for my mom to read (I had a crush on Colin Bliss. Great name. Where are you at now, Colin? I hope your life turned out great!) All you need for this transcendent hobby is a pen, paper, and YOU- all of you, your sweet open heart, your nasty little rager side, your feeling of wild rejection- bring em all to the party! And guess what - this party is judgement FREE. Everyone is very chill and no one ever says TMI after you share a story. So go WILD! 🦋 Comment down below one question you will ask yourself the next time you journal…? Mine is why, even when you can hear your gut loud and clear, do you still make decisions based on ensuring that other people will like you or consider you “good”? You’re 34, lady, this behavior has to stop... #WellEnoughWednesday
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This is the realest character study and should be produced as a feature film by Martin Scorsese.
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Trusting time is a concept easier said than done. But I’ve learned that time never stops. Through the dark thoughts and unceasing fears, through the invisible healing, through the pain - the clock is still ticking and you’re surviving, whether you have the energy to be proud of yourself or not ️ #WellEnoughWednesday, posting more #wellenough content on my stories now, that will hopefully help you during this time of solitude.
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You guys I have some crazy news- I’m old as heck, chronically ill, ostensibly single, can only fit into stretch pants, allergic to mascara and yet, I just learned... I’m #Heather
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Truly believed she was eternal- we needed her to be eternal. What she means to our past was only rivaled by what she still meant for our futures. There are no proper words to thank Ruth Bader Ginsburg- all we can do is promise to keep fighting in her name, for the many freedoms she gave us and the rights she proclaimed as unassailable. Rest in ferocity, #RBG, knowing you really did it. (Incredible art by @bijoukarman) #RutherBaderGinsberg #RBG #RestInPower
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ICYMI: We picked back up with #TheCWord, discussing one of the best-selling performers of all time, #WhitneyHouston. Whitney's voice was indescribable and her beauty was incandescent. But the public hunger for all things Whitney turned sinister, surrounding her in a vicious storm of gossip and speculation regarding her romantic life, substance abuse, and "diva" behavior. @arnoldfriend6 and I dig deep into the life of one of America's greatest talents, but also into the corrosive tabloid culture of the 90s which tried to tear her apart. Whitney, we will ALWAYS love you. Part one of this episode is up on @hearluminary now, with part two coming next week, babies! (link in bio)
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Week 4 of my quarantine looked like this - sunshine bleaching the remaining illness from my bones. Sharp angles and a soft mind. Staying in isolation 24/7 (save for the coyotes) not because I was COVID positive but because I didn’t feel useful or worth much. But I woke every morning to stand and face the city like the wobbly prow of a sad little ship. And I learned to trust time - 10 seconds turn to twenty turn to sixty and then you’ve been healing for a minute. Minutes become hours which becomes days. And suddenly you’ve wracked up enough time to feel like a version of yourself you have some love for. I reminded myself how many times I have doubted my body and how many times she has pulled through for me, like a shitty Honda on a road trip. And one day this hoodie gave way to a dress, and I made my way down the mountain to the home I know and love and I wrote and ate grapes and found myself bouncing to whatever filthy beat was on the radio. That’s enough of a definition of healing for me. But I like this photo as a reminder of the impossible part right in the middle - the part that feels like fingering a cactus. If you’re in it, and I know it feels like a resting place and not limbo, you’re coming out. Don’t force your pants back on too soon because they’ll appear when it’s time. One day you’ll look around and you’ll be eating your own fruit of choice, shaking your head like a dog to a song you love and you’ll recognize yourself exquisitely. You won’t care about any bullshit (who your hookup friend moved onto in the empty space, what your mom thinks of her bitch neighbor, infighting around COVID protection attitudes in your friend group.) Quite simply, the chance to be present for any of it, the gratitude of presence, all of it will bring you to your knees. (Sharing some #WellEnough content today on stories..stay tuned!)
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Jessa just saying the things we’re all thinking about ourselves in quarantine. (Why do I wake up every day with random Tik Tok sounds in my head, like I’m living my life as a series of 30 second challenges?) #Girls