Lena Dunham is like a speeding comet. After she launched her career as an indie writer-director with her second feature and breakout hit “Tiny Furniture” in 2010, she made a deal with producer Scott Rudin to adapt a book—but instead committed to create “Girls” on HBO with Judd Apatow. She’s working on the fifth season now.
She landed an eye-popping $3.7 million advance to write the eventual 2014 bestseller “Not that Kind of Girl,” which provoked the kind of controversy that seems to have followed the actor, writer, and director throughout her career. On March 23, HBO aired “It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise,” a documentary portrait of “Eloise” illustrator Hilary Knight, executive produced by Dunham and collaborator Jenni Konner. Dunham was also attached to HBO Sports’ “7 Days in Hell,” a mockumentary about the epic tennis match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010. She’s also developing a second series for HBO with Konner, based on a memoir by Betty Halbreich, a NYC department-store personal shopper for the rich and famous.
And now Dunham has launched two initiatives to raise consciousness for women, a newsletter which grabbed headlines with a story by Jennifer Lawrence about sexism in Hollywood, and a podcast, “Women of the Hour with Lena Dunham” (subscribe on iTunes), which goes live this week; listen below.
The budding media mogul has lined up an impressive number of interview subjects from across the media spectrum: transgender rights activist and author Janet Mock; “Birdman” Oscar nominee Emma Stone; “Nebraska” star June Squibb; actress/model Emily Ratajkowski; TV producer Mara Brock Akil; old friend and “Girls” star Jemima Kirke; Twitter pal Ashley C. Ford; musician Mindie Lind; author Zadie Smith; SNL’s Aidy Bryant; “Fifty Shades of Grey” director Sam Taylor-Johnson; and comedienne Amy Sedaris.
Will Dunham be the next Oprah Winfrey? Anything is possible.