Filmmaker Prefers to Ignore ‘Lesbian Lena Dunham’ Label

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By Richard Horgan Comment

From Down Under comes a fun interview with Desiree Akhavan, an Iranian-born actor-director who made waves this year at Sundance with her comedy Appropriate Behavior, in which she stars as Brooklyn bisexual Shirin.

Gay News Network Australia editor Rachel Cook asked Akhavan what it’s like to be saddled with the media label of being the “new lesbian Lena Dunham” (as opposed to the old?!). Here’s Akhavan’s answer:

“If I took that shit seriously I would spend the bulk of my time in the fetal position at the foot of my bed.”

Ha ha. Good thing Akhavan opted for a more pro-active response. Otherwise, she never would have been able to make good on Dunham’s offer of a Girls cameo. Read the full article here.