Lena Dunham on Donald Trump, Her Greatest Fear, and Meeting Her Boyfriend on a Blind Date

Lena Dunham takes us inside her colorful home and talks about how she met Jack Antonoff, never wearing a bra, and what she would tell Donald Trump if she had a minute of his time. The final season of Girls returns to HBO on 2/12.

Released on 2/7/2017

Credits

Starring: Lena Dunham

Created by: Joe Sabia

Transcript

00:02
(grunts)
00:04
[Interviewer] Just the woman I was looking for.
00:06
Hey.
00:07
[Interviewer] Lena Dunham.
00:07
How's it going?
00:08
[Interviewer] It's going good.
00:09
I'm just gonna ask you 73 completely random questions
00:11
in a totally unrehearsed fashion.
00:12
Absolutely.
00:13
[Interviewer] So what are you reading over there?
00:14
Oh, I'm reading A Florence Diary by Diana Athill.
00:17
She's almost 99, so that's really exciting.
00:19
[Interviewer] Not bad.
00:20
What's the best book you pretended to read?
00:23
Great Gatsby.
00:24
I have not finished that.
00:24
[Interviewer] What's the best thing about writing a book?
00:25
You get to hold it in your hands.
00:27
[Interviewer] What's the hardest thing
00:28
about writing a book?
00:29
Very lonely.
00:31
[Interviewer] What are you writing right now?
00:32
Short fiction.
00:33
[Man] Lena, tea's on the table.
00:35
Oh, my god, thank you.
00:37
[Interviewer] What's the first thing you do
00:38
when you wake up?
00:38
The first thing I do when I wake up is that I hit snooze.
00:41
[Interviewer] What's the last you do before you go to bed?
00:43
Um, I just talk and talk and talk, and then I'm asleep.
00:47
[Interviewer] When do you feel most creative?
00:49
Four AM.
00:51
[Interviewer] What do you do on your days off?
00:53
What the (beeps) is a day off?
00:54
Who has one of those?
00:55
[Interviewer] Well, this is very charming.
00:56
Oh, thank you.
00:58
[Interviewer] I'm just wondering real quick,
00:58
what's the wi-fi?
01:01
The wi-fi?
01:02
I'm not gonna give you my wi-fi.
01:03
I'm so sorry, but at my old house it was nudity waiver.
01:06
[Interviewer] So what's the theme of this room?
01:08
Well, we call this the lady room, but really the theme is,
01:10
you know, queer and feminist resistance
01:12
and our important foremothers and forefathers.
01:14
[Interviewer] Okay, I notice a lot of poodles
01:16
in here, too.
01:18
We're a pretty poodle-y household.
01:20
[Interviewer] What's your favorite hair color
01:21
that you've ever had?
01:21
Ah, neon green.
01:23
[Interviewer] What's one fashion trend that you've tried
01:24
that you regret the most?
01:25
I never needed to wear formal shorts.
01:27
[Interviewer] (laughs) In general, when do you feel
01:28
most beautiful?
01:30
When I'm directing.
01:31
[Interviewer] Where do you spend the most time
01:32
in your house?
01:33
Um, in my closet office.
01:34
Do you want to see it?
01:35
[Interviewer] Yes, let's go.
01:36
Okay.
01:37
[Interviewer] Who's the most fashionable woman you know.
01:38
Chloe Sevigny, I'm gonna say I know her.
01:40
We've really more met in passing.
01:42
[Interviewer] What is your favorite outfit
01:43
that you've ever worn to a red carpet event?
01:45
A Giambattista Valli dress that looked
01:47
like pink birthday cake.
01:48
[Interviewer] Great.
01:49
Bra or no bra?
01:50
No bra ever once in my life.
01:52
[Interviewer] How many pantsuits should a woman own?
01:54
Uh, a woman should own up to 90 pantsuits.
01:57
Which room do you wanna go in?
01:58
[Interviewer] Um, let's go with this one.
02:00
You made the right choice.
02:01
[Interviewer] Alright.
02:02
What makes you the angriest?
02:03
When jealousy turns into cruelty.
02:05
[Interviewer] Do you have a nickname?
02:06
Yeah, it's Leans or Lean Bean.
02:08
[Interviewer] Oh okay.
02:10
(beeps)
02:11
Oh, my god, hi, Paul.
02:12
Hey, look, I found out what was jamming the printer.
02:15
Wow.
02:16
It's a poodle.
02:16
This is Paul.
02:17
He designed the entire house.
02:18
He's basically my creative director.
02:20
[Interviewer] Paul, ask a question.
02:22
What should we name her?
02:23
Susan.
02:24
[Interviewer] And why are you gonna call that dog, Susan?
02:26
Um, after my aunt, Susan Simmons.
02:28
[Interviewer] Besides Susan, what's the most precious
02:30
thing you've ever seen?
02:31
Her sister, Karen Domingo.
02:33
Here, do you mind taking her a second?
02:35
[Paul] Not at all.
02:36
Thank you so much.
02:37
[Interviewer] All right, so Lena, you're hanging out
02:38
with Rihanna.
02:39
What are you guys doing?
02:40
Um, I think we're by the pool eating pasta
02:42
talking about our feelings.
02:43
If she wants to smoke a joint, I will, even though
02:46
it does make me paranoid.
02:47
[Interviewer] All right, you're hanging out
02:48
with Hillary Clinton.
02:49
What are you guys doing?
02:50
We're talking about how to rescue girls
02:50
and women from global oppression, and we're talking
02:52
about how to steam and preserve our pantsuits.
02:55
[Interviewer] You're hanging with the girls from Girls.
02:56
What are you girls doing?
02:57
Complaining.
02:59
[Interviewer] Who gets the most drunk
03:00
at a Girls' wrap party?
03:01
Jemima.
03:01
[Interviewer] Who is the most or least comfortable
03:03
when filming sex scenes on Girls?
03:04
Weirdly, Allison is the most comfortable,
03:06
and I'm kind of the least comfortable at the end of the day.
03:08
[Interviewer] All right.
03:09
What's a favorite naked scene you've had to do?
03:10
Um, my favorite naked scene, well, it was really
03:13
when I was wearing my green, mesh tank top,
03:14
and I had my nipples out for a whole week.
03:16
And that shirt's now owned by the Museum
03:17
of Television and Radio.
03:18
Do you want to see my guest house?
03:19
[Interviewer] Yeah, let's do it.
03:20
Okay, cool.
03:21
[Interviewer] What is the plot line of Women,
03:22
the 2025 reboot of Girls.
03:24
Everyone would be like at an oxygen bar
03:26
complaining about their newly adopted robot children.
03:28
[Interviewer] Okay, so really adorable guest house
03:30
you have here.
03:31
Thank you so much.
03:32
[Interviewer] Who would you like to invite to stay
03:34
in this guest house?
03:34
Um, I think Ariana Grande and Dorothy Parker together.
03:37
They have to share a bed.
03:38
[Interviewer] Okay.
03:39
When were you the most struck?
03:41
Dame Helen Mirren got me pretty worked up.
03:43
[Interviewer] Wait, are those puppets behind you?
03:45
Oh, these are actually dolls.
03:47
[Interviewer] Oh, it's you and Jack.
03:48
Yeah, it's Jack and me.
03:49
[Interviewer] Oh, that's so funny.
03:50
How did you meet Jack, by the way?
03:51
We met on a blind date.
03:52
[Interviewer] What's one thing about Jack
03:53
that only you know?
03:55
He's Jewish.
03:56
That's a big secret.
03:57
[Interviewer] So, okay, if I poke this doll
03:58
of you right here, would you feel it?
04:02
(screams)
04:03
That actually really hurt.
04:05
[Interviewer] No, it did not.
04:06
It did. (laughs)
04:07
[Interviewer] Can you tell who I should be following
04:08
on Instagram right now?
04:09
@lovebrownsugar.
04:10
[Interviewer] What do you have to say
04:11
to your internet trolls?
04:12
You guys seem to have a lot of (beeps) time on your hands.
04:14
[Interviewer] What's the funniest thing you read
04:15
about yourself online?
04:16
Um, I read that Jack refuses to wear socks
04:18
and that I was going to dump him for it.
04:20
[Interviewer] Who do you look up to most in life?
04:21
Hmm, I look up to the activists who came before me
04:26
who made it possible for me to have the right to choose.
04:28
[Interviewer] Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
04:30
I want to be a mother of babies and poodles
04:33
and acts of societal resistance.
04:36
[Interviewer] What is one thing you hope to be
04:37
remembered for?
04:38
I'd like to be remembered for having fun,
04:39
but I will probably be remembered for visiting
04:41
the emergency room more than anybody else you know.
04:44
[Interviewer] What scares you the most?
04:47
Being misunderstood.
04:49
[Interviewer] What's next on your career to-do list?
04:50
Theater.
04:52
[Interviewer] Whose creative style or voice
04:53
would you say is most similar to yours?
04:56
I hope it's Elaine May.
04:58
That would be a dream.
04:59
[Interviewer] What up and coming voice
05:00
are you the biggest champion of right now?
05:02
(Snaps) Charla Blobiston.
05:04
[Interviewer] Look how convenient that is.
05:06
All right, do you have any secret talents?
05:07
I do.
05:08
Do you wanna see?
05:09
[Interviewer] Yes, let's do it.
05:10
Okay, so I'm double-jointed,
05:11
but I can also sing really high.
05:13
♫ Look at what my thumbs are doing
05:19
[Interviewer] The most unusual double talent
05:20
I've ever seen.
05:22
All right, you have nine tattoos.
05:23
Can you quickly give the story behind every tattoo?
05:25
Yes.
05:26
This is Ferdinand the Bull.
05:26
He's a famous pacifist.
05:27
Then, on my side, Jemima tattooed a little picture
05:29
of her dog, Rosie.
05:31
Over on this side, I have an illustration
05:32
of a children's book.
05:33
A drunk guy did it.
05:34
It's not great.
05:35
I should get it covered up.
05:36
[Interviewer] Oh.
05:37
Then, I have Laura Thornhill, who's one of the first
05:37
female skateboarders in history.
05:39
Then, on my butt, I have a snake wrapped around the moon,
05:41
and I also have a sign for The Odeon, my favorite restaurant
05:43
in Tribecca.
05:44
[Interviewer] Okay.
05:45
I have Eloise as a tramp stamp.
05:46
You know Eloise who lived at the plaza.
05:47
[Interviewer] Yeah.
05:48
And then it says staunch right there for Grey Gardens.
05:49
[Interviewer] Okay, what's tattoo number 10 going to be?
05:52
Um, Jemima's planning to tattoo the word, nasty,
05:54
on my butt. (laughs)
05:55
[Interviewer] All right, Lena, I have a special guest
05:56
who insisted on filming a question.
05:58
Oh, wow.
06:01
Hey, Lena Dunham.
06:02
Want to break out a dance move with me?
06:03
Do I ever?
06:04
(tango music)
06:08
Thank you, Neil.
06:09
[Interviewer] What animal do you identify with most?
06:11
A rabbit.
06:12
They're so scared.
06:13
[Interviewer] Yeah?
06:14
What's your favorite swear word?
06:15
It's (beeps).
06:16
[Interviewer] What's the worst pick-up line
06:17
you've ever heard?
06:18
Um, I was on MacDougal Street, and a young gentleman
06:21
handed me a wet cloth, and said, the words,
06:23
want some ether?
06:25
[Interviewer] If you could ban one word
06:25
from the cultural zeitgeist, what would it be?
06:27
I would say it would either be totes or girl crush.
06:31
[Interviewer] If you were running for office,
06:32
what would your slogan be?
06:33
Lean on me.
06:34
[Interviewer] What's the biggest issue
06:35
facing society today?
06:37
That some of Americans don't believe other Americans
06:39
are real humans.
06:41
[Interviewer] Okay, so imagine that Donald Trump
06:42
agreed to get on the phone with you for exactly one minute.
06:45
What do you tell him?
06:47
I would ask him whether he wanted all women
06:49
to be treated with the same respect that he believes
06:50
his daughter should be treated with.
06:52
[Interviewer] Lena, next question comes
06:53
from you neighbor in that window behind you.
06:55
Hey, Lena.
06:56
Hi.
06:57
I'm going out of town this weekend,
06:58
and I need a sitter.
06:59
What's the one quality this babysitter needs to have?
07:02
I think a babysitter should be able to eat
07:03
all the food in the house while you're gone.
07:05
Cool, I'll stock up.
07:07
[Interviewer] What's the biggest surprise you've ever had?
07:09
My 20th birthday party, my friend Audrey Gelman
07:11
planned me a surprise party, and everyone jumped
07:12
out of the bathroom, and I almost fainted.
07:14
(laughs)
07:15
[Interviewer] What is the greatest love story of all time?
07:16
Um, I'm gonna have to go with Lady and the Tramp
07:19
on that one.
07:20
[Interviewer] What fictional character would you love
07:21
to date?
07:22
Robinhood.
07:23
[Interviewer] Who's the number one person
07:24
you'd want to shoot a love scene with?
07:26
Um, Tom Hardy.
07:28
[Interviewer] Which woman in history should get
07:30
the Hamilton musical treatment?
07:32
Sojourner Truth.
07:33
[Interviewer] What would your Real Housewives
07:34
tagline be?
07:36
My (beeps), my rules.
07:38
[Interviewer] Okay, so you love the TV show, Friends.
07:40
What does Chandler even do for a living?
07:42
He's a transponster.
07:45
He used a copy machine a lot.
07:46
That is what I remember.
07:47
[Interviewer] Right.
07:48
What's something cool in this room?
07:49
This is a beautiful diorama that Paul made me
07:51
of Stuyvesant Square Park where my Uncle Jimmy
07:55
and a lot of incredible men of the past went cruising.
07:58
[Interviewer] Interesting.
07:59
Can you say something in a foreign language for me?
08:01
(speaks in foreign language)
08:04
I think that means my name is Lena,
08:05
and I like to swim and dance?
08:07
(speaks in foreign language)
08:09
[Interviewer] Who makes you laugh the most?
08:10
My father even when it's not on purpose.
08:12
[Interviewer] Okay, so are Judd and Leslie always
08:14
that funny.
08:15
Yes, unless he's napping or very full after a large meal.
08:18
[Interviewer] Can we call him now?
08:19
Yeah.
08:20
[Interviewer] Okay.
08:20
Let's see.
08:21
[Interviewer] Who is the most unexpected person
08:22
in your phone?
08:24
A pet psychic.
08:26
[Interviewer] Okay.
08:27
Okay.
08:27
Let's see.
08:29
Hi, Juddley.
08:29
[Judd] Hey, Lena, quick question.
08:30
Who's your totes girl crush?
08:33
Let's end this conversation.
08:35
[Interviewer] All right, Lena, question number 73.
08:37
Can you imagine a Girls theme song
08:38
and sing it out in the same style that you just did before?
08:40
Oh, yeah, the Girls theme song would be like,
08:43
♫ We are girls
08:45
♫ We can't stop
08:46
♫ And we won't stop
08:47
♫ 'Til we have revolution
08:49
[Interviewer] Okay.
08:50
♫ We're women
08:51
♫ We're women
08:51
[Interviewer] (laughs) That's great.
08:53
That's wonderful.
08:54
I mean, do you want to hear the rest of it?
08:55
Do you have to go?
08:56
[Interviewer] Uh, yeah, no, it's okay.
08:57
I gotta go.
08:58
[Lena] (laughs) So sorry.
08:59
[Interviewer] Bye, Lena.
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