Lena Dunham’s “12 Things I Learned in 2012”

December 29, 2012 10:05 PM

Cast of Girls

26 year old Lena Dunham is the woman we were most jealous of – in the best possible way – this year.

2012 saw the debut of her original HBO series, Girls, to critical and mass acclaim. In addition to writing, producing, directing and starring in the show, which is already greenlit for season three (and which we actually really, really, like), she  became the It Girl of opinion pieces, with her thoughts on the end of a Facebook relationship with he ex’s mother and her tribute to the late Nora Ephron going viral.

A bidding war for her advice book, Not That Kind of Girl, won her $3.7 million from Random House, she went to the Met Ball with Hamish Bowles, she’s nominated for a Golden Globe for “Best Actress” and Girls is nominated for “Best TV Comedy” and recently announced to fashion critics who disapproved of her leg-baring look: “I am going to live to be 100 and I am going to show my thighs every day till I die.”

Her “12 Things I Learned in 2012” for Vanity Fair offers some insight into the incredible year she’s had and some pretty good advice…

1. Self-love and self-loathing are constant, bickering bedfellows. If utilized correctly, both keep you moving forward.

2. There’s no way to sound smart in People magazine. But you will sound friendly!

3. Drake is not interested in you romantically or even sexually. : (

4. No one wants to hear your real opinion at the premiere.

5. Eating the bread at most events will make your table-mates quizzical and, ultimately, very jealous.

6. People will always find something in your work to argue with. Get used to being humbled, shutting out the noise, second-guessing yourself, and realizing that one out of six times those cretins are right.

7. Most meetings are about meetings, and if you have too many meetings about meetings you will get a very flu-ish feeling.

8. Uttering the words “Can I call you back? I’m just running into my facialist—Oh, hi, Terri!” does not assure your friends back home you haven’t changed a bit.

9. Being approached on the street is not actually such a burden, especially if the majority of your fans are gay males under 17 years of age.

10. It’s possible to feel like a creepy, pervy producer even if you are a 26-year-old girl.

11. Don’t listen to your friends who are worried you are getting too thin. They have not been at a Women in Film luncheon with you recently.

12. Hard work pays off. I am so annoyed at my father for being right about that.

Here’s a sneak peek at Lena’s work on season two of Girls, premiering January 13th on HBO:


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