'Camping': Co-creator Jenni Konner says split with Lena Dunham was to 'find our independence'
Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham have been production partners for almost eight years, and have now parted ways to follow different paths after 'Camping'
As the cast of 'Camping' sizzled the red carpet at the premiere of the show at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, co-creator Jenni Konner has spoken up about her split with her eight-year-old production partner, Lena Dunham. The 'Girls' duo's split came just a few days after the shooting for 'Camping', their latest (and probably last) show in July. However, both have stated that the split was mutual and mostly driven by their individual sense of creative freedom.
Speaking to Variety, at the premiere on Wednesday, Konner spilled the beans that both she and Dunham were pretty happy about the split. She said, "We’re both so happy about it.. It’s such a positive step for both of us. It’s almost like just moving to another chapter rather than being sad about it."
However, during a separate telephonic conversation with the New York Times, Konner stated that it was their differing points of views that had caused the split. "It was sort of a slow burn. We just wanted to go in different directions. I think we’re not sure what they are, but we want to find our independence."
While 'Camping' too, holds certain elements that held the center stage in 'Girls' such as the girl-on-girl fight, both Dunham and Konner have agreed on the fact that the show does pick up certain elements from 'Girls', yet there isn't any similarity between the two.
Dunham's show is based on Julia Davis' 2016 mini-series of the same title, and when she had approached Konner with the idea, the 'Girls' co-creator who has directed the first two episodes of 'Camping' said, "First of all, I just thought it was hilarious. It also just seemed like such a natural limited series. You have the whole wide world of camping, but it’s also so claustrophobic."
Although it has already been established that 'Camping' is the duo's last project together, just a month back during a joint interview on set, Konner had mentioned that she was looking into projects that would allow Dunham to be able to represent more. However, that clearly did not stay and when asked about the cause behind their split, the duo mentioned that it was food. Dunham said, "We also disagree about tattoos." Dunham, who has been going through a set of physical and mental traumas in the last two years, probably takes the split more like a second chance.
"This doesn’t sound great when I say it,” she said, "but after everything I’ve dealt with — in the public eye, with my body, personally — I’m about to embark on a period of creative selfishness, and that’s something that’s important for me to do." It might be possible that a little bit of the duo's split will reflect in the story through the characters' crisis. Dunham, who was unable to attend the premiere on Wednesday due to a chronic illness, had mentioned that Kathryn (played by Jennifer Garner) had the exact similar illness that she suffered from, and probably that is what justifies the character's impulsive, aggressive nature.
'Camping' is due to release on HBO on Sunday, October 14, at 10 pm.