Shhh. Everyone be very quiet. We mustn’t wake Lena Dunham from the dream world she’s currently living in. At least, that’s where I assume she’s currently living. Because it’s the only way to explain her quote about privacy in this month’s issue of Vogue. You see, it turns out that the girl who writes, directs, produces and stars in a critically acclaimed TV show that’s loosely based on her own life is actually very private. I mean, not in the way that you would define private. But c’mon now, you’re a normal. Everyone knows that the rich and famous use a different dictionary than us. All the words sound the same, but they all have very different meanings. Really, look no further than this quote to see that that’s true.
“I have a really great private existence, almost more like a memoirist or a columnist would, and less like an actor would…No one would describe me as a private person, but I actually really am,” she explains. “It’s important for me to have a lot of time alone, and to have a lot of time in my house by myself. My entire life sort of takes place between me and my dog, my books, and my boyfriend, and my private world. To me, privacy isn’t necessarily equated with secret-keeping. What’s private is my relationship with myself.”
You see, I would say that someone with an active Twitter, an active Instagram, a semi-autobiographical TV show and a memoir at 27 wouldn’t be described as private. But as Lena explains so eloquently here, you just think she’s sharing her life with you. She desires privacy so much that she created a whole public persona to distract you from how private she’s being. Which I think makes her the most private person ever.
“Hey, what’s Lena Dunham whispering in her dog’s ear over there in the corner….hold on, is that Lena Dunham on the cover of Vogue? Why, I think it is! And lookee here, there’s a 7 page article inside that’s all about her, Lena, did you see this? Lena?….Oh dratches, she and that close-lipped dog are gone. Well, she’s done it again! Distracted us from her private life by her public life!”
It’s incredibly sneaky and incredibly smart. By putting herself out there, she’s actually putting us off her trail. Just think about how much we could learn if we could get a few minutes alone with her dog, Lamby. You know Lamby, right? I mean I do because I’ve seen him time and time again on Instagram, but I wasn’t sure if you did.