“Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham said that she plans to focus on writing, directing and creating opportunities for women when her HBO series “Girls” ends at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in New York on Thursday morning.
“I don’t have a case of great man syndrome,” Dunham said when asked if she’d agree to be in a film after “Girls” comes to and end.”The be all and end all for me wouldn’t be like if a dude called me up and said, ‘it’s finally your time.’ It sounds so tiring to get bossed around by a dude for six months.”
When asked how she feels about shooting the final season of “Girls,” Dunham said that she will “never have an experience like this again.”
“I don’t think the finality of it has hit everybody yet,” she said. “This time next year we won’t be employed actresses.”
TheWrap’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman took the stage to say that we’re in the mist of “a historic moment” in women’s history before introducing the “Girls” creator to the stage.
“There is such a dearth of roles for women, I would like to be the person that brings more of those,” Dunham said, adding that hate for her “Girls” character is the result of a double standard among men and women characters.
“Hannah is just a little annoying, she’s never killed anyone, Dunham said. “People love Tony Soprano.”
The Power Women Breakfast series brings together influential women of entertainment, media, technology and brands in key cities to network and connect. Dunham is executive producer, writer director, actress of the critically acclaimed HBO series “Girls,” as well as a best-selling author and cofounder of the newsletter, Lenny (LennyLetter.com). She has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards and has won two Golden Globes, including Best Actress for her work on the show.
Waxman, film and theater producer Paula Wagner, A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc and The Girl’s Lounge Founder Shelley Zalis hosted the breakfast. TheWrap hosts breakfasts in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
Previous speakers at TheWrap’s Power Women breakfast series have included Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren, comedian Chelsea Handler, “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke, activist-actress Selma Hayek, “Billions” star Malin Akerman, producer and entrepreneur Gail Berman, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, media executive Nancy Tellem, digital executive Susan Lyne, technology journalist Kara Swisher and many others.
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