Lena Dunham

  • Aired:  05/03/12
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Lena Dunham discusses "Girls," her popular HBO show about young women navigating work, love and friendship in New York City. (4:35)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY, MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A 24-YEAR-OLD CREATER OF HBO'S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SHOW GIRLS.

BIG DEAL, HI MY OWN SHOW WHEN I WAS 23.

PLEASE WELCOME LENA DUNHAM.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

>> THANK YOU, I'M VERY EXCITED TO BE HERE.

>> Stephen: I'M EXCITED TO YOU HAVE HERE.

>> MY DAD IS A BIG FAN OF YOURS WHICH I THINK IS CONFUSING BECAUSE HE MAY

HAVE VOTED FOR RALPH NADER SO SO-- .

>> Stephen: LISTEN, EVERYONE HAS A YOUTHFUL INDISCRETION.

NOW I'M VERY EXCITED TO YOU HAVE HERE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: BUT THE WHOLE BUILDING IS ABUZZ BECAUSE YOU ARE THE EXECUTIVE

PRODUCER DIRECTOR, WRITER,

YOU PLAY THE CHARACTER HANNA.

>> UH-HUH.

>> Stephen: IN THIS HOT SHOW CALLED "GIRLS" ON HBO.

OKAY.

NOW I WORRY ABOUT THE GIRLS IN THIS SHOW.

>> YOU WORRIED ABOUT GIRLS.

>> Stephen: I WORRY ABOUT THE GIRLS AM THEY JUST DON'T SEEM TO KNOW NECESSARILY

WHAT TO DO WITH THEIR LIVES.

>> WELL, THAT'S SORT OF WHAT IT IS ABOUT.

IT IS ABOUT THAT TIME IN YOUR LIFE WHERE ARE YOU NOT A GIRL, NOT YET A WOMAN AND

YOU'RE TRYING TO NAVIGATE.

>> Stephen: THAT'S A BRITNEY SPEARS LINE.

YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M WORRIED ABOUT BRITNEY SPEARS TOO.

>> I'M WORRIED ABOUT YOU BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT IS A BRITNEY SPEARS LINE JOOIVE-- .

>> Stephen: I GOFF HER POSTER ON MY LINE.

WE HAVE A CLIP OF THE SHOW.

JIM?

>> I'M JUST SAYING THAT I AM SO CLOSE TO THE LIFE THAT I WANT, THE LIFE THAT YOU WANT

FOR ME, THAT FOR TO YOU JUST END THAT RIGHT NOW.

>> NO MORE MONEY.

>> STARTING WHEN?

>> STARTING NOW.

WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT TOMORROW.

>> I DON'T WANT TO SEE YOU TOMORROW.

>> WHAT?

>> WE FLY OUT TUESDAY.

>> I HAVE WORK.

AND THEN I HAVE A DINNER THING.

AND THEN I AM BUSY TRYING TO BECOME WHO I AM.

(APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: HOW DO THESE GIRLS BECOME WHO THEY ARE?

BECAUSE THEY SEEM TO LOST.

>> WELL, I THINK WE'RE TRYING TO FOLLOW THAT PROCESS ON THE SCREEN AND IT

INVOLVES KIND OF TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU WANT OUT OF WORK AND OUT OF LOVE AND

SORT OF WHETHER YOUR FRIENDSHIPS ARE SATISFYING YOU OR JUST STUCK IN THEM

BECAUSE THEY ARE THE PEOPLE YOU MET IN COLLEGE TESTIMONY IS A REALLY SEARCHING TIME

AND WE ARE WILL LOOKING AT THAT.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU STILL IN THAT AGE.

>> I AM.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE WRITING ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW.

>> SO I MIGHT NEVER BECOME WHO I AM.

>> Stephen: RIGHT BECAUSE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WRITING ABOUT IT AND NEVER HAVE TIME

TO ACTUALLY BE THE THING THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.

>> THAT IS 100% TRUE.

>> Stephen: OKAY, SO SHOULD I BE WORRIED ABOUT YOU?

>> I WASN'T WORRIED ABOUT ME UNTIL RECENTLY.

>> Stephen: WHEN YOU CAME ON THE SHOW.

>> WHEN I CAME ON THE SHOW,

NO, I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT ME.

I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GET UP TO THE KINDS OF SHENANIGANS THAT THESE GIRLS

ARE CONDUCTING.

>> Stephen: DO YOU DO THE SEX?

>> I-- BECAUSE ON THE SHOW,

THIS IS WHAT WORRIES ME MOST IS THAT ON THE SHOW YOUR CHARACTER DOES THE SEX WITH ADAM, RIGHT?

>> SHE DOES THE SEX WITH ADAM.

I'VE NEVER DONE THE SEX SO I WRITE ABOUT WHAT I THINK THE SEX WOULD BE LIKE.

>> Stephen: YOU'VE NEVER DONE THE SEX.

>> I'VE NEVER DONE THE SEX BUT THIS IS-- .

>> Stephen: IT IS GREAT.

(APPLAUSE)

>> SEE I NEEDED TO TALK TO YOU FIRST.

>> Stephen: I WILL DRAW A LITTLE DIAGRAM FIRST.

>> OH, OKAY, THAT'S NOT HOW IT WAS EXPLAINED TO ME.

>> Stephen: WELL IF SOMEBODY DOES IT DIFFERENTLY, GET OUT OF THERE.

DO YOU THINK THAT, IS THE SHOW, PEOPLE MAKE THIS SORT OF FAST BALL KIND OF LIKE OH

IT'S SEX IN THE CITY FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE YOUNGER.

>> YEAH, I MEAN I THINK THAT THE SHOW IS DEFINITELY OWES A DEBT TO SEX IN THE CITY

BECAUSE SEX AND THE CITY BUSTED THE SYSTEM FROM THE INSIDE IN TALKING ABOUT WOMEN'S ISSUES.

>> Stephen: I'M A CHARLOTTE.

>> I WOULD HAVE SAID THAT.

>> Stephen: WHO WOULD I BE,

WITHOUT WOULD I BE IN GIRLS.

>> I THINK HONESTLY ARE YOU A SCHSHAWNA AND I DON'T KNOW IF THAT MEANS ANYTHING TO YOU.

>> Stephen: IT DOES, IT DOES.

>> YOU ARE A SCHSHAWNA.

>> A JUICY SWEAT SUIT WEARING SELF-HELP LOVING GIRL FROM LONG ISLAND.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE BEEN READING MY DIARY.

WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

LENA DUNHAM, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING LENA DUNHAM.

GIRLS ON HBO, GET MARRIED.

GET MARRIED BEFORE YOU DO THE SEX.

>> WITHOUT WANTS TO M

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