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Lena Dunham New Yorker Festival: 'Girls' Star Talks To Emily Nussbaum About Regret, Her Thighs & The Spice Girls

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Lena Dunham at the New Yorker Festival on October 7, in conversation with Emily Nussbaum. | Getty Images

"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):

Olivia Loving
Loving theme music & fanGIRLing over from "standing room" (we're crosslegged) spots w .

lena dunham talk
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:

Margaret W Johnson
.@LenaDunham: "Listen to the people who know more than you but trust yourself"

Anna Holmes
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:

BuzzFeed Shift
. on Girls backlash: "It was deeply offensive to my sense of self."

Anna Holmes
"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 .

Anna Holmes
"The criticisms that disappointed me were the whole privilege and nepotism thing."

Anna Holmes
"I have plenty of counter-arguments to that but it's not elegant to say them."

Lori Leibovich
"I have a mom with a google alert who will send me what is essential" on reading her press

"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

Anna Holmes
Dunham is addressing critiques of diversity. "What I was trying to do was very specific."

Anna Holmes
"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":

Anna Holmes
Dunham says the Adam relationship on was based on real dating experience except the actual guy never became loving and sweet.

Emma Gray
"it's shocking how many guys want to take credit for the dicks I've written" --

adam girls
The audience watches a clip of Adam from "Girls."

A Twitter user asked Nussbaum to ask, "Lena, why so naked?" Dunham explained:

Anna Holmes
"Me being naked for whatever reason seems to make people laugh."

Lori Leibovich
"I realized that what was missing movies for me was the presence of bodies I understood."

Margaret W Johnson
.@lenadunham on putting average-size women on TV: "look at us until you see us"

Which led to a discussion of the "no pants" media frenzy:

Lori Fradkin
"I don't think a girl with tiny thighs would have received so much no-pants attention" -

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." --

lena dunham emily nussbaum
Lena Dunham and Emily Nussbaum chit-chatting.

Nussbaum also asked Dunham whether she feels camaraderie with other women in the TV industry:

Emma Gray
"there's a real sense of 'I've got you sister'" with other female showrunners --

and what it was like to meet Louis CK at the Emmys:

Anna Holmes
On meeting at the Emmys: He said, "What you are doing is important."

Are there any "Girls" scenes or decisions she regrets?:

Anna Holmes
"I think we made it too big." Dunham on the fake penis that Adam Driver used during masturbation scene in episode 5.

BuzzFeed Shift
One of Dunham's regrets? She wishes Shoshana hadn't been wearing tights in that infamous crack scene.

Dunham shared that she has some very special fans:

Emma Gray
On Girls fans: "I have three different rabbis in correspondence with me" --

and that she, too, has her "baggage":

Anna Holmes
Dunham's baggage. 1. "I can be flaky." 2. "An unwieldy relationship to food." 3. "I cannot drive."

Anna Holmes
"I think some women are not meant to be mothers. I am not meant to drive."

Lori Fradkin
"I would like to have multiple children, but I'm not going to drive a car" -

Then it was time for questions from the audience...

Anna Holmes
Three out of about 20 people in line to ask questions are male. One African-American.

Andrea Rosen
Audience reaching new heights of non-questions at the Q&A.

jessica testa
Obsessed with this gushing NYU girl asking Lena a Q. Comparing herself to Shoshana, talking about boys. had to cut her off.

Kelsea Stahler
Surreal moment of the day: Watching the real life Shoshanna telling Lena Dunham her life story, just like Shoshanna would, at the

lena new yorker festival
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:

Lori Fradkin
"Take it as a given that I'm pro-choice" -

but that the episode was much more about the fact that

BuzzFeed Shift
"Girls dine out on their friends' mistakes." on Jessa's I-don't-like-women-telling-other-women-what-to-do philosophy.

and that

Lori Leibovich
"It's really just hard to be alive so lets all gather round the fucking fire."

Dunham summed up what she's "trying to do":

Margaret W Johnson
"I write hoping that my personal experience hoping others think that resonates so we can all feel less alone"-@lenadunham

The final question was, why not, about the Spice Girls:

Emma Gray
In case you were wondering, 's fave Spice Girl is sporty spice bc of her "casual style" and "low profile" in the media

At the end, the audience seemed pretty pleased:

kristen holmes
I want to go home and finish my pilot. Feeling inspired by . Cc

Jenny Spaulding
just the right amount of audience eye contact at . Great interview. Wish season 2 to started now!

We do, too.

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