Lena Dunham Adds Women Of Color To Girls In Response To Complaints


Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke and Allison Williams

It’s a rather rare thing to see TV creators make changes to their shows in direct response to critics — and in many cases, we’re happy they keep their creative integrity — which makes Lena Dunham’s comments at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit yesterday so fascinating. Her HBO show, Girls, while largely acclaimed, was also often criticized for featuring an all-white cast, despite taking place in the definitely not all-white New York City. And the 25-year-old writer/director/star took those complaints seriously.

She felt “heartbreak at the idea that the show would make anyone feel isolated,” she said at the summit, according to Reuters. In response, she said that among the “multitude” of new characters on season two, “There are some of color. Some are not. Some are Caucasian.” We’ve yet to see a list of any of the new cast, but we’re inclined to believe a direct statement like that. “All I want to do is make women feel excited and included by the show.”

Lena also outlined her philosophy on being naked on TV all the time. “Most situations, it’s not a good idea to be naked on television,” she said. And though she wouldn’t strip for another director, on her own show, “I like doing it because I’m my own boss. I’m writing it. I’m directing it. I’m producing it.”

No word on why she didn’t wear any pants to an event last Saturday. Season two of Girls will premiere on HBO in January.

[Photo: HBO]

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