HBO's 'Camping' could be Lena Dunham's shot at rising above the scandals she finds herself inevitably in
Although she was photographed flashing her underwear to Brad Pitt, Dunham explains it away and is probably thinking a little out-of-the-box with her latest offering 'Camping'
Lena Dunham is once again in the headlines for yet another scandal, and this time it is on the sets of Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'. As the paparazzi surrounded the set of the movie which stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, some managed to take a shot of Dunham, whose show 'Camping' is set to release on HBO on October 14. Dunham was spotted lifting her dress and apparently flashing her underwear to Brad Pitt.
However, this time it seems that the bad girl of television is not ready to let yet another scandal hamper her work in any way. During her appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' on Friday, the 'Girls' creator and actor provided some context to what was actually going on when the snap was taken.
When Kimmel asked, "Was this part of the movie?" indicating the snap, the 32-year-old replied, "Certainly no. That was between takes, [with] him trying to sort of chill and brush up on his lines. It made sense at the moment. We were talking about kewpie dolls. Do you guys know what a kewpie doll is? It's like an illustrated character of the 1920s. Someone asked, 'What's a kewpie doll?' And I said, 'Well, I can show you. I've got one right here on my side'...If you've got it illustrated on your body, who are you not to show this?"
Dunham has always made headlines for her inability to keep herself away from scandals. The 'Girls' star was labelled a "total hypocrite" when she had tried to defend producer Murray Miller from an apparent sexual allegation.
While several actors and followers had slammed the actor for being dubious about her own morals, Dunham poured all her frustration into the one character which probably mattered the most to her - Hannah Horvath. A self-obsessed writer who doesn't really write, Dunham's character had become a symbol of the present generation, who are often defined as "lazy".
Addressing her involvement with 'Camping' as more "revolting" than before, Dunham had said, "I didn't realize that part of the reason I do so many jobs is that I'm actually incredibly lazy. I need to set all of this up to keep myself from descending into a total slob."
Probably, with 'Camping' Dunham has set out on a new journey where maybe for the first time, instead of portraying her characters through her own crisis, her characters will have their own stories to tell. In 'Girls', Dunham had made it pretty evident that her characterization revolves around her own life and her own perspectives.
She had said during an interview with Rolling Stone, "It’s the only way I know how to process. It almost feels like things haven’t happened to me until they’ve happened to another character before my eyes." However, all of that might change with 'Camping'. Starring David Tennant and Jennifer Garner, 'Camping' follows the story of an aggressively controlling wife, Kathryn, who invites her loved ones to celebrate her husband, Walt's 45th birthday at a weekend getaway in a camp. However, the trip puts the eight couples to the test to find out if they manage to retain their love for each other.
Unlike 'Girls', where the characters seemed to be extremely close depictions of Dunham's life, 'Camping' is the show where Dunham really digs deep to tell a fresh story from the characters' perspectives. Doing away with the "millennial ennui" persona that her character Hannah had wrapped herself with, Dunham portrays a more grounded, sensitive, and relatable character through Garner's Kathryn. Kathryn does not seem to hold the over-the-top flavor of Hannah nor does she hold herself above everyone else. Instead, Kathryn is a woman who is tied in between roles of being a camp leader, an instructor, a friend, and a wife.
However, like Hannah, she is just as eccentric about getting her things done. Probably that is one trait which will remain consistent in the works of Dunham since she herself seems to like controlling things around her.
When her name made it to the headlines for supporting Murray, the actor had posted an ambiguous tweet, which stated that her political views are certainly not above the people who she loved. "I believe in a lot of things but the first tenet of my politics is to hold up the people who have held me up, who have filled my world with love."
I believe in a lot of things but the first tenet of my politics is to hold up the people who have held me up, who have filled my world with love.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 17, 2017
Over the years, Dunham has been a part of many controversies, and most of them resulted from her being inconsistent about her words. However, things might change with 'Camping' where the baby-faced Jennifer Garner will depict a woman who is completely unlike her. Dunham's 'Camping' can be a turning point in her career. It can be less outrageous, less moot, and certainly a lot less awkward. Although Kathryn seems to be just as self-obsessed as Hannah, unlike Hannah her obsession is chiefly focused on her husband, Matt, for whom she had organized the weekend getaway. 'Camping' is set to release on HBO on October 14, and we will know if Dunham has actually risen above all her scandals.