Lena Dunham calls beau 'my best advertisement'
Jack Antonoff and Lena Dunham pose with designer Rachel Antonoff, left, in September 2012.
January 16th, 2013
09:25 AM ET

Lena Dunham calls beau 'my best advertisement'

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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  1. Too much analysis gives me a headache...

    i hate that-this screen...ugh

    January 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. enough with the analysis...

    let's rock

    January 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Meh

    Cell phone usage, junky food, and HFCS are causing some really curious looking humans these days

    January 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bystander

    "Boyfriend" ? She has more testosterone than he does.

    January 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mike hunt

    Who is that dude on the right in the red sweatshirt?

    January 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • umm........

      SHE (lol) is another star on the series "Girls"

      January 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • kriswithak23

      ummm... – the girl in the red sweatshirt on the right IS LENA! Not "another girl on the show"...

      January 17, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Like the Leopard

    hahahaha

    January 17, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. john

    His name spells trouble in the old boudoir.

    January 17, 2013 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    Notice which woman the boyfriend is looking at :-D

    January 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. i'm telling you...

    after all these years...no viagra needed. TRUTH.

    January 16, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tv_is_No_good

    Eww,she's fat ugly and teriible person.

    Who would want to make love to this disgusting creature other for all her money.Yuck Yuck Yuck!!!!

    January 16, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    Be nice – Obviously the guy is blind.

    January 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. EricLr

    Obviously my gaydar must be broken, because both she and her boyfriend just pegged the needle.

    January 16, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DCBuck

    I caught an episode of "Girls" . . . It's just a bunch of homely, neurotic, grown-up library girls and the equally homely and neurotic guys they seem to attract. It was about as entertaining as watching paint dry.

    January 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. she looks like a fool

    yours

    January 16, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. se

    Must be getting old...no idea who any of these people are

    January 16, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  16. Bill

    Who is the girl in the red sweatshirt ? I bet she appreciates Spider-Man.

    January 16, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  17. Jeff

    Most attractive ladies are lesbians, I behave found. When I ask them to come sit in my lap and give me some loving they say "In your dreams" or "as if" and make ugly faces at me. They are definitly lesbians.

    January 16, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      All the pretty girls at my school are lesbeans. They won't go out with me either. Maybe they are afraid of the cool batman action figure I keep in my shirt pocket. Him and Spidey are cool.

      January 16, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  18. Jesus Harvey Christ

    This broad is ugly with a capital U.

    January 16, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • DEEDEE

      and so is the guy in this pic

      January 16, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      And you must be smokin' to be so judgmental. But I wonder if you're a 1% as successful and talented as she is. You think she's wasting time trolling the internet look for celebrities to insult? Probably not, little person.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Deb

    I bet she is just pretending to be straight. Surely she doesn't like guys. They are gross.

    January 16, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  20. Ann

    Is she really sure she isn't a lesbian? How can she know for sure? Some ladies change as they get older and start dating girls. I think the mom from Family Ties did that.

    January 16, 2013 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  21. Tracy

    Can't state d this obnoxious little fat girl

    January 16, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  22. Big Jim

    What's wrong with this gal? Doesn't she like wimmen? She needs to lez up.

    January 16, 2013 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  23. Jalisa

    I'm very proud of her. An actual celebrity lady that isn't a lesbean.

    January 16, 2013 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracey

      I do hope you're joking. Most celebrity ladies aren't gay and it is silly for it to be a source of pride as if faux lesbianism is on the rise and only the brave heteros come out as straight.

      January 16, 2013 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  24. does droo have a double CC

    this could be a problem

    January 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  25. NanookoftheNorth

    Time to give up the vile screen name...your act is old and repugnant :-/

    January 17, 2013 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  26. trigtwit palin... America's favorite tard baby

    *poot* ^

    January 17, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |

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