Lena Dunham is happy that the Adam to her Hannah, Girls’ Adam Driver, is finally getting the recognition he deserves as an actor, but she can’t help but notice that her other deserving co-stars probably won’t be presented with the same opportunities.
“Our male lead, Adam Driver, has had a bang-up 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,” Lena said at SXSW on Monday, according to Entertainmentwise. “But the girls are still waiting patiently for parts that are going to honor their intelligence and their ability.”
True — we would love to see the Girls girls in roles as huge as the one Adam will potentially take on in Star Wars Episode VII, but it simply hasn’t happened yet. And why not? After three wildly popular seasons, the cast has obviously showed off their amazing acting chops. Lena’s convinced that the roadblock standing in their way is the fact that they’re female.
“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,” Lena continued. “It’s not ready to see Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, or Jemima Kirke stretch their legs in the same variety of diverse roles.”
And if it happened, we would definitely watch. But maybe everyone else doesn’t agree just yet?
“It’s a knock on a world where women are typecast and men can play villains, Lotharios, and nerds in one calendar year and something has to change and I’m trying,” Lena said.
If anyone can fearlessly change the perception of women in television and film, it’s Lena. You go, girl!