January 16th, 2013
09:25 AM ET
Despite the fact that many of Lena Dunham’s 20-something celebrity counterparts choose to keep their romantic relationships under wraps, the Golden Globe-winner speaks candidly about her boyfriend in Interview's February issue.
When writer/director/actress Miranda July (“The Future”) asked Dunham if she’d like to state the full name of her beloved, the 26-year-old “Girls” creator and star replied, “Oh, I'm totally fine to state his name: It's [Fun. guitarist] Jack Antonoff.”
“I know there's some rule that you're not supposed to talk about your boyfriend publicly just because it seems like all starlets under the age of 33 have decided not to do that, but if you're in love with someone great, then I don't understand why you wouldn't tell everybody,” Dunham said.
“You don't have to post naked pictures of them on the Internet or tweet pictures of your Christmas celebration,” she continued, “but I feel like, in a way, he's my best advertisement, so I'm like, 'Why would I not tell people who ask?'"
Dunham went on to say that Antonoff is the first person she’s been with who hasn’t taken issue with how focused she is on her career.
“It's not really an acceptable position these days to say out loud, 'I don't want my girlfriend to work that much,' so when you date someone, it comes out in a thousand other, even more nefarious ways,” she said.
At one point Dunham thought she might end up with a “pie-maker.” You know, “one of those boyfriends who kind of isn't that ambitious but just loves cooking and gardening and dogs.”
But with Antonoff’s busy schedule, Dunham says, “I always say that he makes my job look like I work part-time in the gift shop at an old-age home. He's just constantly doing it, and it gets me invigorated about what I'm doing and reminds me of what's important.”
In addition to her work on “Girls,” Dunham will put out a memoir/advice book that she reportedly received more than $3 million to write. Though she’s not thrilled that information is public knowledge.
“[What] was so stressful to me at first about the number being put out into the world was the sense that someone was going to think that I was going around town and being like, 'Listen, you fools. I'm worth this much,'" she said. “So in a way, I hated people knowing the details of the book deal, but in another way, it totally runs counter to my whole ethos to hide anything. If something happens in my life, then it's going to find its way into my work, and I don't want to just play some game where I pretend that, since I started working, absolutely nothing in my life has changed. Some things really haven't changed, but then there are certain other experiences that I never really imagined I would have.”
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