Lena Dunham might reveal glimpses of her life through Jennifer Garner's character in HBO's 'Camping'
After Hannah, who depicted Dunham's early struggles as a writer, this time it seems to be Kathryn who will portray Dunham's mid-life crisis
Lena Dunham always thought she was going to die alone after the break up with Jack Antanoff. However, the 'Girls' actor has a way of channeling her frustration through her work and this time does it through the obsessively controlling Kathryn (played by Jennifer Garner) for her upcoming show 'Camping', set to release on October 14. Dunham has had a pretty tough last couple of years, and with 'Camping', we will probably get glimpses of Dunham's own anxiety reflecting in the show.
During her recent appearance on the 'Today' show, Dunham explained to Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie that making the decision to have a hysterectomy at the age of 31 was not something easy to do. As she had mentioned in her article on Vogue, that she was almost delirious with the pain which had only become unbearable with time.
Claiming that doctors could not give her the proper reason that caused the pain, she wrote, "The ultrasound shows no cysts, no free fluid, and certainly no baby. But that doesn’t help the fact that it hurts so bad that the human voices around me have become a sort of nonsense Teletubbies singsong. With pain like this, I will never be able to be anyone’s mother. Even if I could get pregnant, there’s nothing I can offer."
Although we do not know much about Kathryn, she is a middle-aged woman who likes to control everything around her. In the trailer, we see her continuously obsessing over small things such as planning the day, bringing people together, and having fun.
While Kathryn does seem to have some striking similarities with Hannah (Dunham's character from 'Girls'), she might just be Dunham's most recent replication of herself. Through 'Girls', Dunham had apparently explored the breaking point of her own relationship with Antanoff. Probably with Kathryn we will see Dunham's take on motherhood and mid-life crisis.
During her conversation with Kotb and Guthrie, Dunham had explained, "I can’t lie and say that the last couple years have been easy. It's been a time of... and some of that has been, you know, because of my own behavior. I’ve grown up, and I’ve developed in the spotlight, for better or worse." she said. Dunham was pretty much affected by her break up with Antanoff, with whom she had been in a relationship for almost five years.
Regarding the relationship in another article on Vogue, she writes, "It is impossible, in the moment of separation, to access just how valuable each and every one of these mundane acts will seem in a week or a month or four months."
While Dunham did contemplate if her broken relationship with Antanoff will ever mend, she will surely give some glimpses (in 'Camping') into the phase of the relationship where the early blooming of love is over and the latter disgusting phases of adjusting are taking their toll. 'Camping' will bring together a group of individuals all in their early stages of mid-adulthood, only to see them breaking down to a point where they unable to even stand one another. Dunham has always been clever with her settings and this time too she places this turbulent story about marriage and relationship in the midst of a lush forest.