Lena Dunham Says Hollywood Actresses Are Undervalued

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In a keynote speech at the South by Southwest festival yesterday, Lena Dunham insisted Hollywood actresses are “typecast” and their talents are considered tremendously undervalued in the movie industry.

During her speech, Lena referred to her personal life-journey from a babysitter to a member of the Golden Globe-winning series crew.

Dunham said, “It’s a rough scene (women in entertainment)… I think about this in relation to the cast on my show, which consists of three very talented women and also some very talented guys.”

“Our male lead, Adam Driver, has had a bang-up (great) year in movies which could not be more deserved because he’s a ferocious genius with an incredible work ethic, and I’ve learned so much from him. But the girls are still waiting patiently for parts that are going to honor their intelligence and their ability.”

She continued, “The world is ready to see Adam as a million different men – playing good guys and bad guys and sweet guys and scary guys. The world is ready to see Adam do all that. It’s not ready to see (Girls stars) Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet or Jemima Kirke stretch their legs in the same variety of diverse roles.”

Dunham ended her speech adding, “I want to be of service to the causes that are dear to me and be an agent of change specifically for women and girls, and on a purely selfish level, I want to continually challenge myself to grow as an artist.”

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