"Get used to it. I'm going to live until 105 and I'm going to show my thighs every day," quipped Lena Dunham during her conversation with TV critic Emily Nussbaum at the New Yorker Festival on October 7th.
The 26-year-old "Girls" creator and star was responding to the recent flurry of media attention that she received for wearing "no pants" (a.k.a. small shorts) to the L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade Culinary Event at the end of September. Dunham maintained that same frankness and humor throughout Sunday's 90-minute event. She spoke candidly with Nussbaum about the "Girls" backlash, her "anti-regrets" philosophy and the importance of creating "recognizable" female characters on television.
Several members of the HuffPost Lifestyle team were lucky enough to attend the event. To recreate it for you, here's a timeline of Dunham's New Yorker Festival conversation in tweets and photos (Instagrammed, of course):
theme music & fanGIRLing over from "standing room" (we're crosslegged) spots w .
HuffPost Women and HuffPost Parents editors eagerly wait for the talk to begin.
Early in the conversation, Nussbaum asked Dunham what she's learned working on "Girls" and other film projects:
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.@LenaDunham: "Listen to the people who know more than you but trust yourself" #nyerfest
Dunham on dealing w/difficult actors and trusting her gut: "No, I don't always need to listen to someone who hasn't eaten in 4 1/2 weeks."
Soon enough, the discussion turned to the criticism "Girls" received and how Dunham dealt with it:
. on Girls backlash: "It was deeply offensive to my sense of self."
"I've been in therapy since I was 7 so I figured I'd cornered the market on self-criticism." --Dunham on processing critiques of .
"The criticisms that disappointed me were the whole privilege and nepotism thing."
"I have plenty of counter-arguments to that but it's not elegant to say them."
"I have a mom with a google alert who will send me what is essential" on reading her press http://t.co/LejdgFzn
"Isn't enough that I'm kind of fat and I'm naked on TV? Can't you leave me alone?" - Lena Dunham responding to lack of diversity #NYerFest
Dunham is addressing critiques of diversity. "What I was trying to do was very specific."
"That was upsetting." Dunham on her writer 's glib, obnoxious tweet.
When Nussabaum asked Dunham about the ethics of basing characters on real people in her life, Dunham mentioned the men in "Girls":
Dunham says the Adam relationship on was based on real dating experience except the actual guy never became loving and sweet.
"it's shocking how many guys want to take credit for the dicks I've written" -- #nyerfest
The audience watches a clip of Adam from "Girls."
A Twitter user asked Nussbaum to ask, "Lena, why so naked?" Dunham explained:
"Me being naked for whatever reason seems to make people laugh."
"I realized that what was missing movies for me was the presence of bodies I understood." #lenadunham #nyerfest
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.@lenadunham on putting average-size women on TV: "look at us until you see us" #nyerfest
Which led to a discussion of the "no pants" media frenzy:
"I don't think a girl with tiny thighs would have received so much no-pants attention" - #nyerfest
About her "no-pants" look: "Get used to it. I'm going to live until 105 and I'm going to show my thighs every day." -- #nyerfest
Lena Dunham and Emily Nussbaum chit-chatting.
Nussbaum also asked Dunham whether she feels camaraderie with other women in the TV industry:
"there's a real sense of 'I've got you sister'" with other female showrunners -- #nyerfest
and what it was like to meet Louis CK at the Emmys:
On meeting at the Emmys: He said, "What you are doing is important."
Are there any "Girls" scenes or decisions she regrets?:
"I think we made it too big." Dunham on the fake penis that Adam Driver used during masturbation scene in episode 5.
One of Dunham's regrets? She wishes Shoshana hadn't been wearing tights in that infamous crack scene. #nyerfest
Dunham shared that she has some very special fans:
On Girls fans: "I have three different rabbis in correspondence with me" --
and that she, too, has her "baggage":
Dunham's baggage. 1. "I can be flaky." 2. "An unwieldy relationship to food." 3. "I cannot drive."
"I think some women are not meant to be mothers. I am not meant to drive."
"I would like to have multiple children, but I'm not going to drive a car" - #nyerfest
Then it was time for questions from the audience...
Three out of about 20 people in line to ask questions are male. One African-American.
Audience reaching new heights of non-questions at the #nyerfest
Obsessed with this gushing NYU girl asking Lena a Q. Comparing herself to Shoshana, talking about boys. had to cut her off.
Surreal moment of the day: Watching the real life Shoshanna telling Lena Dunham her life story, just like Shoshanna would, at the #NYerFest
Women wait in line to ask Lena Dunham questions.
Asked to discuss Episode 2 of the first season of "Girls", i.e. "the abortion epidsode," Dunham said:
"Take it as a given that I'm pro-choice" - #nyerfest
but that the episode was much more about the fact that
"Girls dine out on their friends' mistakes." on Jessa's I-don't-like-women-telling-other-women-what-to-do philosophy. #nyerfest
"It's really just hard to be alive so lets all gather round the fucking fire." #nyerfest #lenadunham
Dunham summed up what she's "trying to do":
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"I write hoping that my personal experience hoping others think that resonates so we can all feel less alone"-@lenadunham #nyerfest
The final question was, why not, about the Spice Girls:
In case you were wondering, 's fave Spice Girl is sporty spice bc of her "casual style" and "low profile" in the media #nyerfest
At the end, the audience seemed pretty pleased:
I want to go home and finish my pilot. Feeling inspired by . Cc #nyerfest
just the right amount of audience eye contact at #nyerfest
. Great interview. Wish season 2 to started now!
We do, too.