Lena Dunham covers Rolling Stone

Why she's wearing a bra is beyond us - this is not the Lena we've come to know and love.

Why she's wearing a bra is beyond us - this is not the Lena we've come to know and love.

Lena Dunham graces the cover of Rolling Stone magazine this month. Perhaps 'graces' is the wrong word, maybe 'defiantly poses like a boss' is better, and she talks about a whole heap of things that make us realise the shocking truth: she is a fairly normal, if neurotic 26-year-old human woman.

For example, she gets anxious: "Some of my anxieties might be solved by a better awareness of what's actually befalling this planet and what makes everything run and what's come before us," she says. "But it overwhelms me too much. It makes me want to take a nap." She takes a breath. "And in that respect, I really relate to people in my generation. "

And she has suffered from depression: Dunham as a child diagnosed with OCD — and on "massive doses" of antidepressants in high school. (Though she had gotten off meds, she says she started a small dose of Lexapro and keeps Klonopin in her back even though it frightens her.) Dunham was obsessed with the number eight for a while. Though her mother says Dunham was "kind of a weirdo" she decided she wasn't going to be phased by her daughter: "I remember saying to my mom when I was little, 'I just had to imagine having sex with you eight times,'" she says, "and she really took it in stride! She was like, 'Well, it's your imagination; it didn't really happen.'"

She doesn't drink, doesn't like to get high, and has "been known to undergo intravenous vitamin drips."


She breaks her time down into multiple detailed to-do lists: life goals (have a kid), seasonal goals (she really wants to organizer her bookshelves into already-read and to-read categories this winter), Girls goals.

"It's funny to me that I'm writing a show that people consider to be the voice of twentysomething people," she say. "Because I don't feel that connected to it all the time." She sometimes has to remind herself that she's still young, only a couple of years old than the feckless characters on her show. "I'll sleep late, and say, 'This is disgusting, I'm an adult woman.' Then I realize a lot of 26-year-olds go out and get hung over." 

 Finally, and somewhat randomly, talks about black people converting to Judaism:  "I know this is not something that I'm supposed to say given the criticisms I've received, but when, like, black people convert to Judaism, it slays me. 'Cause why would you ever choose to be Jewish? I would not be Jewish if I had not been born Jewish. I can't get away from it now."

Source: Rolling Stone