Lena Dunham Talks to David Letterman About Brian Williams and Howard Stern

BHB Ten 2012 member/Brooklyn Heights resident/Girls star and creator Lena Dunham appeared on the David Letterman Show Thursday night. The second season of her series, which co-stars Allison Williams the daughter of NBC News anchor Brian Williams, premieres Sunday night on HBO.

Letterman wondered if the elder Williams, a frequent Letterman guest, was comfortable with all the nudity and sexual situations on the show. Dunham said “He’s surprisingly jaunty about the whole thing.” She added that the veteran newsman was “on the set more than some of our [production assistants].” Williams is apparently so comfy on set that he’s coined a nickname for Dunham — “Leens.”

“It’s not a reality I ever thought I’d exist in,” Dunham mused.

The actress told Letterman that she grew up in Soho where her parents had lived since 1973. Once an Audobon Store moved in, her father decided it was time to leave. She was 13 when the family moved to Brooklyn. Her mother had some trouble moving out of Manhattan going as far as trying to unsuccessfully retain their 212 phone number.

Dunham also mentioned that another frequent Letterman guest, Howard Stern, is not a big fan of her show.

Dunham quoted the one time “King of All Media” as saying, “Congrats to her. It’s so hard for little fat chicks to get anything going these days.” Dunham, a Stern fan herself, chuckled and added that “It put me in the best mood! I just want to be like, my gravestone says, ‘She was a little fat chick and she got it going.”

Stern’s rants and Dunham’s other reaction are well documented on Crushable today.

But as for Stern and other detractors they’re up for a tough road ahead in season two. “If you hated the first season,” Dunham told Letterman, “you’ll really hate this one.. a lot.”

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  • fultonferryres

    Why is the whole part of the interview when she talks about moving to Brooklyn from SoHo cut out?

  • http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/author/homer-fink Homer Fink

    @ffr – it’s in the full show stream here: http://www.cbs.com/shows/late_show/video/105F442D-29FD-0869-E999-2835AB2ACF50/the-late-show-1-10-2012

    I’ve updated the post to include that info.

  • David on Middagh

    She also did a very good interview with Charlie Rose last night (should be available on Hulu in a couple of days).

  • WillowNabe

    I saw part of the Letterman interview and I think Lena has a great attitude.

  • Wiley E.


  • jake

    Hey Lena,

    Howard Stern now says that he loves the show. He’s catching up with his wife Beth who’s farther in to the show. He texted her a quote from the show and she thought someone stole his phone.

  • Jazz

    Hoo Hoo is just afraid the trophy wife will leave him if he doesn’t fall in line. Seriously, who is paying attention to him these days?

  • Wiley E.

    What does Honey Boo Boo think? (or does she?)

  • jan berkowitz

    Main stream crap!

  • Wiley E.

    Howard Stern is jealous. Lena is young and talented, Stern is not.