En av våre "all time" favoritter er skuespiller, regissør og forfatter, Lena Dunham. Hennes humor, stå-på vilje og jevnt over AMAZING personlighet er bare noen av tingene som gjør henne unik – i tillegg til mesterverket Girls. Vi ser gjerne til Lena for litt visdom, både på hjemmebane og i arbeidslivet. Her er 3 ting vi alle kan lære av henne:
Det er ingen tvil om at Lena har jobbet hardt for å komme dit hun er nå. Girls (kan sees på HBO) ble en enorm suksess, og fansen (oss inkludert) skriker etter mer. Muligens får vi ikke se mer av Hannah, Marnie, Jessa og Shoshana, men vi kan alle lære av den jobben skuespillerne – spesielt skaper, regissør og skuespiller, Lena, gjorde de årene serien gikk.
Girls Goodbye (1 of 3) It’s 2 am on Friday morning and we just finished shooting Girls. Forever. No insert shots of cell phones or exteriors to grab. We’re not missing a quick shot of Shosh marching down a Soho street. We’re finished. We did it all. Jenni called that final cut, I dropped my costume on our van floors (sorry Kristen, sorry I never hang my damned costume) and we got into our vans to head home for the last time. To say I don't enjoy goodbyes is an understatement. But, as a wise woman once told me, "relish it. We so rarely get to choose our goodbyes." She's right. And we got to choose this one. But that doesn't mean it's easy-- I know I'm not alone in the Girls family when I say this is the end of the largest and most potent chapter of my life so far. Before Girls I had zero identity, zero self-love and an urgent sense of untapped creative desire that kept me up and sweating at night in other people's beds, wondering why vague sexual affirmation wasn’t enough to make me feel human. I had hardly an inkling of the responsibility we take on when we tell stories, or of the power words can have, but what I had- as an obsessed fan of shows from Girlfriends to Felicity to Ally McBeal- was the audacity to think that people might want to see women like my friends and me (broken, imperfect, angry) on television. When we shot our pilot six years ago, I never dreamed that I could be so fulfilled by the process of art-making, of collaboration, of honest expression. And so through this show I developed an identity, gained a new kind of family and began my life in earnest. It's an embarrassment of riches. There are too many essential personnel to name here, and the messages I have for them are far too intimate for this modern venue, but I trust I've made it clear who you are and what you mean to me. If I haven't, please feel free to demand explanations.
Å være tynn gjør deg ikke lykkelig
Tidligere denne måneden postet Lena dette bildet, hvor hun mimrer tilbake til en tid hvor hun var noen kilo lettere. Hun minnes en tid med lite mat og mye piller, og gleder seg over hvor hun er nå – i en sunn kropp hun trives med.
On the left: 138 pounds, complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work. Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy. On the right: 162 pounds, happy joyous & free, complimented only by people that matter for reasons that matter, subsisting on a steady flow of fun/healthy snacks and apps and entrees, strong from lifting dogs and spirits. Even this OG body positivity warrior sometimes looks at the left picture longingly, until I remember the impossible pain that brought me there and onto my proverbial knees. As I type I can feel my back fat rolling up under my shoulder blades. I lean in.
Livet går ikke alltid på skinner. Det fikk Lena smertelig erfare når hun tidligere i år fjernet livmoren på grunn av varige smerter grunnet endometriose. Lena skriver i denne posten at støtten hun har fått fra andre kvinner har hjulpet henne, og minner oss alle på at kjærlighet gjør oss sterkere – sammen!
Your body failing you is a loss that’s hard to explain and yet the amount of messages I’ve gotten from women in a similar predicament has been so overwhelming, loving and heartening. More than 20 million women in America are living with hysterectomies and those of you who’ve shared your plight and perseverance make me feel so honored to be in your company. Thank you to the village of women who took care of me through this entire process. I have a broken heart and I hear those don’t mend overnight, but we are linked forever by this experience and our refusal to let it hold any of us back from even the grandest dreams.