Lena Dunham Talks to Playboy About What You'd Talk to Playboy About

Lena Dunham's talks sex in Playboy's April issue. (Photo: Getty Images)Once upon a time Playboy was actually a magazine that people read rather than ogled, with interesting interviews and profiles in addition to the nudie photos. Perhaps the magazine is trying to get back to their roots, because in the April issue they have 20 Questions with television’s favorite girl, Lena Dunham.

As you can imagine, the questions center around “Girls,” sex, and body image—here are some of the juicy highlights from Dunham’s interview.

She created “Girls” so women could see realistic depictions of their sex lives

“I did it because I felt that the depictions of sex I had seen on television weren’t totally fair to young women trying to wrap their brains around this stuff. I didn’t do it to be provocative. I did it to be educational.”

Who she’d like to direct in a sex scene
“I wouldn’t mind putting David Strathairn and Rooney Mara in a room together and seeing what happens when they have sex in a movie context.”

She gets hit on—by extras
“Sometimes when we’re shooting the show, extras don’t know that I’m the director. They’ll come up and say, ‘How long have you been working as an extra? Want to walk over to the craft services table?’ I’m always flattered when that happens because there are a lot of very beautiful girls around in short skirts, and they chose me. Unless they’re pretending they don’t know who I am.”

She is definitely not a man-hater
“I hate the conventional wisdom that men are supposedly complete pieces of shit and it’s our job as women to put up with them. Men are just as sensitive and easily victimized as women are, but there’s not as much of an infrastructure for expressing it.”

As far as body image goes, she’s very happy with hers
When asked if she woke up tomorrow as a Victoria’s Secret Model how she would react, Dunham replied: “I don’t think I’d like it very much. There would be all kinds of weird challenges to deal with that I don’t have to deal with now. I don’t want to go through life wondering if people are talking to me because I have a big rack. Not being the babest person in the world creates a nice barrier.”

Her parents explained sex to her at the age of five
“[My parents] sat down together and explained sex to me. My parents were sensitive. They said, ‘Your dad and I did this so that you could get made.’ They gave me the male and female perspective. That was the traumatic part. I remember thinking, I don’t want to learn this, and I definitely don’t want to learn this looking at the faces of both of you.”

The biggest misconception about Brooklyn, where “Girls” is filmed

“Not everyone has a handlebar mustache.”

She has a weakness for trashy magazines and candy (and don’t we all)

At the grocery store, she can’t leave without buying “six trashy magazines and seven packs of gum. I wish I could resist those things. Oh, and sometimes a Cadbury Creme Egg, if it’s in season.”

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