Three names in entertainment have been darn near impossible to escape this year: Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Lena Dunham. The first two have been crashing and burning before our horrified eyes, giving us the impression that “overexposure” was a term omitted from their SAT prep tests. But after her own (relatively modest) media whirlwind, Dunham seems to recognize how to quit when she’s ahead; she’s reportedly considering stepping off-camera when her acclaimed series Girls comes to an end.
“I don’t know if I’m going to want to act anymore,” the wunderkind confessed to Glamour magazine, adding, “I’d rather give parts to other women than be the woman having the parts.” Mind you, we’ve already seen quite a bit in the way of Lena’s parts. But as opposed to Cyrus’ sensationalistic cries for attention, Dunham’s skin has always been presented in a comedic, even clever context—which is likely why we’re not yet sick of her. The savvy starlet appears to appreciate the difference, and is probably wise to avoid the oversaturation of the aforementioned imploding pop stars.
While we’d surely grow to miss her onscreen presence, Dunham, extraordinarily, has impressive writing and directing chops to fall back on; she’s certain to keep us laughing as we cringe even from behind the camera. As per Lena’s wish to give other women the lead, we’re guessing that male viewers of Girls—don’t pretend you don’t exist—would not be opposed to a spinoff, sans Hannah, focused on the witty, independent, full-frontal misadventures of Marnie, Shoshanna, and Jessa.