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Lena Dunham is known for her signature bold candor—onscreen in her HBO show Girls, and now on paper, too. The writer’s first book of autobiographical essays, Not That Kind of Girl, retells embarrassing experiences from the bedroom to the office to the therapist’s office. So for Stylist‘s interview with this week’s guest editor, they recruited the only person with enough pluck to ask the hard-hitting personal questions: Lena Dunham. The resulting Q&A is unbridled one-woman funniness.

“Lena Dunham swans into the room, one hand holding a bag of tortilla chips, the other hastily bringing them to her glossy lips. ‘Mhh bshdhhd schlumph’ she says breathily through a mouth full of masticated corn. She is wearing what some might call a sweatshirt but only she knows is actually part of a fashion craze known to the chic upper echelons as a ‘comfort blouse’.”

Here are some of Dunham’s ballsiest questions—and Dunham’s most revealing answers.

In your new book you write a lot about your friends and family, but the most vicious stuff is aimed at ex-boyfriends. Do you have any death warrants out for you? Do you wear a wig at the grocery store to avoid these vengeful men? Do you even care how your family feels?
Absolutely I do. I’m not interested in exploitative writing. I’m interested in personal writing, and I think the adage that you’ve got to break a few eggs to make an omelette is totally false. I think it’s possible to write your truth in a way that’s thoughtful and considerate. So I always show my friends my essays if they’re referenced in them. With the exception of a few ex-boyfriends who I do not think it would be safe for me to make contact with.

What’s it like having artist parents? Were they ever so distracted being creative that they left you in a freezing bath for hours? Did they do LSD in your kitchen?
Nope, they’re the best. I would have lost my mind doing this job if I didn’t have them. Because having parents who had a creative life means they know the ups and downs. Yes, sometimes everybody loves what you’re doing, but sometimes, everybody hates what you’re doing and you are totally ignored, yet you still have to find a way to be excited and make your work for yourself. I also find them to be a real safe haven. The amount of disasters I had in college where I came home depressed and fat and sick and I just knew it was going to be alright – that’s such a great thing to have.

Certain people on the internet seem to hate you. WHAT DID YOU DO TO THEM?! WHERE’S THE BEEF?!
Beef would be the wrong word because beef has to be two-sided and I never started anything with them. But for some reason, certain sites have made it their stock-in-trade to take me down. Whatever issues they have with me, whether I irritate their writers or whatever, I think the people at these websites want to aggress creative people because they’re dissatisfied with their own lot in life. It was hard at first to have such targeted nastiness. because it’s such a double standard. The treatment of women by the press illustrates this point day-in-day-out; a guy can be called a douche but he won’t have his every word picked apart and have his character and his look assassinated. At the end of the day, the toxicity comes from constantly seeing yourself reflected back by a male-dominated media.

Why are you so weird about talking about money and yet you talk about your vagina, like, non-stop?
I remember once asking someone, “How much did that cost?“ and my mom was like, “You never ask someone how much they make or how much something cost.” So to me, how much I make is part of my private life. I understand that, for some people, it must be confusing that I’m comfortable talking about my sexual life and not comfortable talking about how much money I make, but guess what? That’s a personal choice.

You can read the rest of the interview here.

Let's cast everyone from 'Girls' in NBC's 'Peter Pan'

That collective “whaaaaa?!” you heard around 9:40 a.m. this morning was the sound of the internet learning that NBC had cast Girls star Allison Williams as the title role in its upcoming production of Peter Pan Live.

On its surface, the decision seems, well, kind of bizarre. Think about it for a minute, though, and you may get where NBC is coming from: Williams is a practiced, experienced singer, and she’s also long harbored dreams of voicing a Disney character someday. (This Pan musical is different from Disney’s animated take, but it’s just as much of a family-friendly classic.) She’s also got the wide-eyed, gamine quality of a young Mary Martin or Cathy Rigby, the two actresses who have most famously played this version of Pan in the past.

That said: For anyone who watches Girls, it’s going to be pretty tough to get over the cognitive dissonance of watching judgmental, aimless Marnie flitting around in tights, belting about how she’s gotta crow. Which is why we should take this opportunity to imagine an even weirder parallel universe in which a) the characters on Girls are real and b) they’ve all been cast in a live TV production of Peter Pan. Here’s who’d be playing who. (Since he joined the production before Williams did, this cast list assumes that Christopher Walken is still on board as Captain Hook—even though I’m sure we’re all yearning to see Brian Williams take over the part now.) READ FULL STORY

You weren't invited to Taylor Swift's Fourth of July party, but Lena Dunham and Emma Stone were

So okay, you’re probably going, “Is this, like, a Noxzema commercial or what?” But seriously, Taylor Swift actually has a way normal life for a 24-year-old millionaire pop-country songstress. She goes to the beach with her famous friends on the Fourth of July… READ FULL STORY

Lena Dunham performs interpretive dance while Sia sings on 'Late Night'

Today in “sentences that once seemed impossible”: Lena Dunham performed an interpretive dance to Sia’s latest hit, “Chandelier,” on Late Night with Seth Meyers Tuesday night.

As fans of Sia — a singer who’s also written songs for Beyonce and Katy Perry, among others — are aware, the musician doesn’t like appearing on camera. “Chandelier” is the first single off her upcoming solo album 1000 Forms Of Fear, Sia’s first since 2010’s We Are Born.

Inspired by the song’s official video, the Late Night performance finds Dunham (wearing a blond wig not unlike the one Hannah Horvath wore last season on Girls) dancing around a bedroom set, smashing things and rocking out. You know, as one does. Important note: For this entire performance, Sia is also lying facedown on a bed.

Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Unvarnished Louis C.K., pure and simple -- VOTE

A lot of guest hosts use Saturday Night Live as a platform to showcase hidden talents, like action stars who also sing, or actors who can do backflips. Good for them, but sometimes it’s nice to see the host stick to what he does best. Perhaps, that’s why I appreciate Louis C.K.’s stints on SNL so much. His monologues are straight-up versions of his stand-up — like George Carlin used to do — and even his sketches make use of the Louie character he’s cultivated on TV. If you like Louis, chances are you enjoyed the most recent SNL. If his brand of humor leaves you cold, well, maybe it was a long night.

Louis is the latest host to take a shot at Jimmy Fallon, who has an enormous (insurmountable?) lead in our most recent Mr. Saturday Night poll. In fact, Fallon’s support jumped 13 points after Lena Dunham‘s SNL debut, a polarizing episode that left the Girls star in a disappointing third place. The Josh Hutcherson grass-roots campaign continues to thrive, as the Catching Fire player held steady in second place. Melissa McCarthy finished in fourth again, but she’ll be hard-pressed to fight off elimination two weeks in a row.  READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife,' 'New Girl' and the hollow gamesmanship of TV 'game-changers'

It’s been a bad week to be a ‘shipper. Last Sunday, The Good Wife killed off legal eagle Will Gardner (Josh Charles), gunning down the dreams of fans who’ve hoped that the series would reunite Will with Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies). That same night, Girls drove a wedge between Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Adam (Adam Driver): In a development as out-of-the-blue as the bullets that claimed Will’s life, Hannah was accepted into the University of Iowa’s prestigious writers’ workshop, then mishandled the communication of the news with Adam, who used the occasion to break up with her after a season of growing doubt about their relationship. A couple days later, another pair of scrappy-scruffy love birds surrendered to anxieties about their union when New Girl‘s Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) decided to decouple and revert back to just-friendship. All this, and Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin called it quits, too. It’s all very sad and Phil Collinsy.

With the three television shows, ‘ship death (and just plain death) brings creative opportunity (albeit not before an obligatory grief ep or two). As Mark Harris observes, Will’s death should seed “dramatic possibility” for several characters, notably Alicia and Diane (Christine Baranski). Season 4 of Girls (due next year) could feel like a markedly different show — one with new characters, conflicts, and of course setting — if Hannah follows through and relocates to Iowa. And New Girl – struggling since the sitcom put Jess and Nick together — has a chance to win us over anew by basically reverting to its original settings.

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Lena Dunham and Jimmy Fallon get nostalgic, play Pyramid on 'The Tonight Show' -- VIDEO

Lena Dunham and Jimmy Fallon have a lot more in common than we knew.

Dunham stopped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday to promote Sunday’s season finale of her HBO comedy, Girls. And while it’s not surprising that these two had a breezy, fun conversation — thanks in no small part to their mutual admiration — what we didn’t expect was a five-minute nostalgia trip, with the duo reminiscing about video stores and the impact of Reese Witherspoon’s early career.

It turns out both Dunham and Fallon had gigs working as video store clerks when they were teens. In the interview below, we learn that Dunham worked at Mr. Video 3 for $4.75 an hour when she was 14, while Fallon was 17 when he worked at Video 2. Dunham laments the “video store guy” — those dudes who “are kind of mean, they think they’re smarter than everyone, [but] they’re probably not because they work at a video store” — going the way of the dinosaur. She says those guys at Mr. Video 3 “had real opinions about film, whereas I was like, ‘Whatever Reese Witherspoon is in, give it to me.'”

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Lena Dunham on Woody Allen: He nauseates me

When Lena Dunham’s first movie, Tiny Furniture, came out, many critics made favorable comparisons to Woody Allen’s films. But maybe there was something deeper to the fact that the film’s hipster-doofus jerk (Alex Karpovsky) reads Woody Allen’s book, Without Feathers. Turns out, Dunham hadn’t been a fan of Allen’s work for some time, and after Dylan Farrow’s explosive open-letter outlining allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather, Dunham has been extremely outspoken on the matter, especially on Twitter. Now, she tells Marc Maron on his WTF podcast that she’s “nauseated with [Allen].”

Maron was asking about Dunham’s upbringing as a child of two artists, and the actress brought up Allen as the most vivid example of not judging the art by its artist. “In the latest Woody Allen debate I’m decidedly pro-Dylan Farrow and decidedly disgusted with Woody Allen’s behavior,” she said. “But for me, when people go through his work and comb through it for references to child molestation, that’s not the f–king point.”

“I’m not gonna indict the work,” she continued. “I think that you can decide that you don’t want to support the work of somebody who has molested a child. That’s a completely appropriate choice. But going through it and saying, look, he’s told us in 57 ways that he rapes kids — that’s not the thing. The thing is to look at the actual evidence that exists in the world, which I think strongly suggests that Woody Allen is in the wrong. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' women (plus Lena Dunham!) try to move like Beyonce -- VIDEO

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Everybody wants to be able to dance like Beyoncé — even the ladies of Saturday Night Live.

Unfortunately, as anyone who’s ever tried to perform the “Single Ladies” routine for friends knows, being Bey is a lot harder than it looks. In this Saturday Night Live web exclusive, cast members Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant — as well as this past week’s host Lena Dunham — watch Vanessa Bayer attempt to re-create the “Drunk in Love” “Blow” “Partition” video, while wishing they could just get back to discussing Adam’s fate on Girls. (Don’t you dare kill him, Dunham!)

Watch below, and then weigh in on how much you’re dying to see the rest of McKinnon’s “Drunk in Love” Queen Bey impression: READ FULL STORY

Lena Dunham talks boyfriend and leaving acting -- maybe -- in 'Glamour' cover story

Lena Dunham is everywhere. She hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend, she’s working on a series of Archie Comics, she was on the much-talked about cover of Vogue last month — and now, she’s gracing the cover of the latest Glamour. In the accompanying story, Dunham chats about her boyfriend (fun.’s Jack Antonoff), how she chose the cast of Girls, and her future as an actress. Check out some highlights from the story below:

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