Lena Dunham Tells Ellen DeGeneres: ‘As a Woman in Hollywood, You Just Can’t Win’ (Video)

The “Girls” star addresses being called a “hypocrite” online for her recent weight loss

“Girls” actress and co-creator Lena Dunham has been getting a lot of criticism on the internet for her recent weight loss, and on a visit to “Ellen,” she spoke out about the struggle.

“As a woman in Hollywood, you just can’t win,” she told Ellen DeGeneres.

On Wednesday’s show, Dunham addressed the struggles of working in an industry obsessed with body image.

“It’s just so crazy because I spent six years of my career being called ‘bag of milk’ on the internet… ‘bag of milk,’ ‘baby cow,’ ‘aging cow,’” she said.

“I never felt self conscious about it. Anybody who was going to take the time to say something negative about my weight on the internet wasn’t someone I was particularly keen to impress anyway.”

“Then, I had this experience of my body changing and suddenly I got all these people being like, ‘You’re a hypocrite! I thought you were body positive! I thought you were a person who embraces bodies of all sizes!’ I do, I just understand bodies change. We live a long time. Things happen,” she told DeGeneres.

“Yeah, you can’t win if they think you’re too heavy or too thin,” DeGeneres said.

Back in February, Dunham revealed her secrets for losing weight on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show, which included the “soul-crushing pain and devastation and hopelessness” that followed Donald Trump’s inauguration.

“Donald Trump became president and I stopped being able to eat food,” she said.

Dunham doesn’t give an exact reason for the weight loss, but in a recent Instagram post, she said she’s been working to control her endometriosis through “healthy diet and exercise.”

“So my weight loss isn’t a triumph and it also isn’t some sign I’ve finally given in to the voices of trolls,” she wrote.


Watch the full clip above.