Lena Dunham Reveals HBO 'Sweetly' Fired

“Girls” star and creator Lena Dunham may be known as an HBO success story, but she recently revealed to Grantland’s Bill Simmons that the premium cable network hired and fired her just before “Girls” got picked up.

The multi-hyphenate, who worked briefly alongside Kate Winslet on HBO’s 2011 miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” described the abrupt and unexpected sequence in an hour-long interview for Simmons’ “B.S. Report.”

Dunham told Simmons, “I got fired off of the one day I did on (‘Mildred Pierce’). “‘Fired’ might be [a] rough [word] but I got sweetly dismissed from the one day I acted on ‘Mildred Pierce,’ the HBO miniseries…They told me it was a three-day shoot and halfway through the first day, they were like, ‘We got what we needed!’”

As for the cause for dismissing Dunham, she admitted to having difficulty mastering her character’s accent and not practicing after receiving the script.

“I know I didn’t do well because the producer of ‘Mildred Pierce,’ Ilene Landress, now produces ‘Girls’ and she said to me that she was auditioning extras in the basement to replace me because that’s how bad I was,” Dunham explained.

In the same interview, Dunham also slammed the female-centric blog Jezebel for posting un-retouched photos from her Vogue cover shoot.

“I think Jezebel is really smart and funny, I think it’s just like once you’ve been attacked that way it’s hard to enjoy,” Dunham said. “It’s hard to enjoy once you feel like they’ve made such a monumental error in their approach to feminism.”

Jezebel reportedly offered to pay $10,000 for the unretouched photos taken by Annie Leibovitz and then published the before-and-after images.

While the outspoken Dunham is keep busy with “Girls,” she told Simmons she would jump at the chance to appear on Shonda Rhimes’ megahit drama series “Scandal.”

“My life’s great passion is the idea of being a guest star on ‘Scandal,’” she said. “I want to be like, a senator who did something wrong.”

The full video can be seen below.

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