Lena Dunham Tells All About Her Boyfriend And $3.5M Book Deal
We saw Lena Dunham‘s French gamine-like Interview cover last week, after the Girls creator leaked it herself on Instagram. The full interview, however, only just made its way on to the web, and for fans of the show, it’s definitely worth a read.
The Brooklynite is just as candid as ever in a conversation with artist/writer/director Miranda July, musing about her upbringing, her art, and how her life has changed since Girls became a runaway hit. She also breaks a certain taboo amongst the young Hollywood set: talking earnestly and openly about her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff, the guitarist for the band Fun.:
Oh, I’m totally fine to state his name: It’s Jack Antonoff. I know there’s some rule that you’re not supposed to talk about your boyfriend publicly just because it seems like all starlets under the age of 33 have decided not to do that, but if you’re in love with someone great, then I don’t understand why you wouldn’t tell everybody. You don’t have to post naked pictures of them on the internet or tweet pictures of your Christmas celebration, but I feel like, in a way, he’s my best advertisement, so I’m like, “Why would I not tell people who ask?”
People finding out details about her boyfriend is one thing, but last year, after Dunham’s success with the first season of Girls, the media found out the details of the book deal offered to her by Random House. In October, it was reported that Dunham was paid $3.5 million for what is planned to be a humorous collection of anecdotes and advice, and in December, the proposal leaked, making it the target of the usual internet snark.
Dunham addresses the kerfuffle over the book deal to July:
…Most of response was either people ignoring it, which is fine to do, or the internet commentary, a lot of which was like, “Who the fuck would spend this much money on this thing?” But I think what that was so stressful to me at first about the number being put out into the world was the sense that someone was going to think that I was going around town and being like, “Listen, you fools. I’m worth this much.” People thinking that somehow I had this weird Machiavellian hand in the whole thing was incredibly anxiety producing. So in a way, I hated people knowing the details of the book deal, but in another way, it totally runs counter to my whole ethos to hide anything.
See the photos from Dunham’s spread below: