Lena Dunham: Girls gives people a realistic view of sex

Jan 15, 2014 at 4:22 p.m. ET

Lena Dunham is unlike anyone else in Hollywood, and explains how the industry has given people an unhealthy view of sex. She hopes to change that.

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham is one of the most successful and fastest-rising stars in Hollywood. Her show Girls is the story of women, but it's different than any other show about the topic ever made.

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The star opened up to Vogue about the show's sex, nudity and what she hopes is a realistic portrayal of women.

"There was a sense that I and many women I knew had been led astray by Hollywood and television depictions of sexuality," she told the magazine. "Seeing somebody who looks like you having sex on television is a less comfortable experience than seeing somebody who looks like nobody you've ever met."

Dunham seems set on breaking dating stereotypes. In Season 2, Dunham's character Hannah Horvath begins dating a much older man, but not everyone felt the relationship was realistic.

"Critics said, 'That guy wouldn't date that girl!'" she remembered. "It's like, 'Have you been out on the street lately?' Everyone dates everyone, for lots of reasons we can't understand. Sexuality isn't a perfect puzzle, like, 'He has a nice nose and she has a nice nose! She's got great breasts and he's got great calves! And so they're going to live happily ever after in a house that was purchased with their modeling money!' It's a complicated thing."

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Season 3 of Girls premiered Sunday night, Jan. 12, on HBO. The 27-year-old writes, edits, directs and acts in the show, and is hoping they can make a difference — not just in pop culture, but for people experiencing real relationships in the real world.

"I want people ultimately, even if they're disturbed by certain moments, to feel bolstered and normalized by the sex that's on the show," she said.

Dunham's Vogue cover was shot by Annie Leibovitz, and will be on newsstands Jan. 28.

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