'Girls': Lena Dunham Talks 'Voice Of A Generation' Line

02/10/2013 10:23 am ET | Updated Feb 10, 2013

Is Lena Dunham the "voice of a generation"?

Although Hannah was high on opium when she uttered that famous line in Season 1 of "Girls," it became the tagline for the controversial HBO series, much to the surprise of Dunham.

"I don't think I ever imagined that it would haunt me the way it is," Dunham said in a recent interview. "The character was on opium! I think the 'voice of a generation' concept was lost with beatnik literature. Because of globalization and increasing populations, my generation kind of consists of so many different voices that need so many different kinds of attention. But if my writing can show what it's like to be young, I'm happy."

"I have to admit, I only skimmed it," Dunham told E! Online at the Directors Guild Of America Awards of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's review of "Girls" on The Huffington Post. "It seemed like a mixed review and I have a policy about not reading those."

"Girls" airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.

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