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01/08/2013 06:15 pm ET

Lena Dunham, Of 'Girls,' On Today Show: 'I Object To The Notion That Characters Have To Be Likable'

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Lena Dunham doesn't care if you don't "like" the characters she writes -- because that's not the point. In a January 8th interview on "Today," Dunham sat down with host Savannah Guthrie and her fellow "Girls" cast members to talk about the upcoming second season, her critics and getting naked on TV.

"I sort of object to the notion that characters have to be likable," Dunham said when Guthrie brought up the criticism that the main "Girls" (Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna) are self-involved and entitled. "I don't like most of my friends, I love them. And that's the same way I feel about most of the characters I write."

She also stressed that having women on television who aren't always 100 percent sympathetic is especially important. "So often, women are sort of relegated to sassy best friend or ingenue or evil job-stealing biatch, and it's really nice to work somewhere in the middle," Dunham said.

Dunham and her cast-mates Allison Williams (Marnie), Jemima Kirke (Jessa) and Zosia Mamet (Shoshanna) also discussed their abilities to give seemingly fearless performances. "You're really maybe the bravest person I know," Williams said to Dunham. "I always think it's brave to like, step into the mouth of a lion, or do something to save a baby," Dunham responded. "But it's not that brave to get naked if you're not stressed being naked."

Will you be watching "Girls" season 2 on January 13th?

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