Lena Dunham Talks ‘Girls’, Writing & Eskimos

Lena as sad Hannah. Photo Courtesy of HBO

Lena Dunham’s HBO series Girls premiered last night to much fanfare and critical adoration, and today the creator spent some time answering some fan questions. The hour long live chat on HBO proved very insightful, and below we have collected a few of our favorite answers from the wunderkind. Enjoy.

Who are your favorite authors?
Vladimir Nabakov, Sylvia Plath, Nora Ephron, Sheila Heti, Kay Thompson, Phillip Roth, David Sedaris.

If you could invite anyone, dead or alive, to dinner, who would it be?
This is a good question, I just asked it to my friend Audrey. I would invite Woody Allen, Walt Whitman, Jane Austen, Jesse Eisenberg, Danny from Real World New Orleans, Miranda July, and my grandma who died who’s great.

Favorite movie?
It’s really hard, it changes all the time. Today I’m going to say it’s Nuts in May, by Mike Lee. It’s from the 70s and hard to find.

Where is your favorite place to write?
My bed. Hands down. With occasional trips to the kitchen counter. But I have written in a van before.

What advice do you have for a young aspiring writer?
This sounds trite, but I would say write a lot. Write all the time. Make a gang of creative people who you can claw your way to the top with.

What are the inspirations for the characters? Are they based on your own circle of friends?
They’re definitely based on me, my circle of friends, and combined with the lives of my staff writers. My best friend is in 7 and 8 but I can’t tell you what her function is because that would be a big spoiler.

If you could make a guest appearance in any show on television, what would it be?
Grey’s Anatomy. I want to play somebody that dies on Grey’s Anatomy. And I want it to really upset one of the doctors. Or New Girl. Playing Schmidt’s girlfriend.

What is your favorite Pinkberry flavor and topping?

The original tart. My favorite topping is mochi. I will throw in some blueberries if the occasion calls for it. I will also eat a quart of pinkberry if the occasion calls for it.

Your thoughts on Eskimos…
Eskimos are amazing. Once I visited an ice hotel. I don’t know if we’re supposed to called them Eskimos, but I’m psyched on what they’re representing.