Count “Taking the stage at a Taylor Swift concert” among the list of things that Lena Dunham won’t be doing again.
“Girls” star Dunham recently joined “1989” singer and general force of nature Swift — along with Hailee Steinfeld, Gigi Hadid and Lily Aldridge — during a performance in New Jersey last week, and the experience gave her a crash-course in self-awareness, Cosmopolitan reported.
During an appearance with “Girls” producer Judd Apatow at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on Monday, Dunham — who appears in Swift’s “Bad Blood” video — revealed that taking the stage shoulder-to-shoulder with “three supermodels or so” brought her face-to-face with a grim realization.
“I shan’t be walking that runway again. I was so thrilled to support my friend and so displeased to learn about the truth of my own height,” Dunham said. “I’ve been feeling pretty tall, feeling pretty sturdy, and it was amazing to me, like, ‘Oh, I’m not tall, I’m chubby.’ It’s different.”
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Dunham, whose general ease in her own skin is evident by any number of nude scenes on her HBO series, went on to note that “on most days, I feel really great and fine about my body, but I don’t think standing next to, like, three supermodels or so is anything even the most confident woman needs to do.”
Seeing herself blown up to larger-than-life proportions during the performance was particularly eye-opening for Dunham, who noted, “the minute I caught sight of myself on the Jumbotron, I knew something was very wrong.”
At least Dunham’s date got a kick out of the spectacle, the actress revealed.
“And my boyfriend made it his screensaver, because he thinks it’s so funny to just look at the height difference and look at all the people in makeup, and then me, like [makes face],” Dunham said.