Lena Dunham says female directors are held to a different standard than men as she addresses Olivia Wilde controversy
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 18, 2022 - 07:26PM
The Girls star has not been happy to see the intrigue surrounding director Olivia Wilde and her film Don’t Worry Darling (Picture: EPA/Image Press Agency/NurPhoto/Shutterstock)

said she is ‘upset’ by the , which she believes can be ‘more intense’ for women in the public eye.

The making of Don’t Worry Darling following Shia LaBeouf’s departure from the film and Florence Pugh’s for the project on her social media accounts.

Wilde herself became a tabloid fixture after she confirmed her off-screen relationship with , who in the psychological thriller, before she was Jason Sudeikis during a presentation about her film on stage at CinemaCon.

Director, writer and actress Dunham, 36, who created and starred in the award-winning TV series Girls, spoke about the difficulties of navigating Hollywood as a female director.

The star is currently promoting , a medieval comedy featuring Bella Ramsey alongside Andrew Scott, Billie Piper and Joe Alwyn.

Speaking in a new interview, she said: ‘I think anyone who does not represent the kind of cis white male majority in Hollywood is held to a different standard.

Girls star Dunham was unimpressed by the ‘glee’ people had shown (Picture: Lia Toby/Getty Images)
(L-R) Nick Kroll, Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, Sydney Chandler, Harry Styles and Gemma Chan on th red carpet for Don’t Worry Darling (Picture: Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

‘I think people are made to feel like, “If you mess this up, then it’s gonna be your last opportunity,” or, “Whatever you’re doing, you have to represent everybody else who looks like you or shares your same gender identity.”’

Accepting that people often wish they had done things differently and that ‘constructive criticism is really healthy’, the star shared that what had upset her the most around Olivia Wilde and thedrama was ‘the glee that people have’.

She continued on the : ‘That kind of ‘gotcha’ glee that people have, and I do think that it can be more intense when it comes to women in the public eye, but I also think it can be more intense when it comes to queer people and people of colour and that the best thing that we can all do is band together in noticing it and supporting each other.’

Wilde’s movie has seen everything from rumours of feuds to ‘spitgate’ between stars Styles and Chris Pine during its promotional tour (Picture: Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Splash News)
The dystopian drama stars Styles and Florence Pugh (Picture: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Dunham, who played aspiring writer Hannah Horvath in Girls, said it is ‘upsetting’ to see the thin line between obsessive fandom shift to something ‘much darker’.

She also said she ‘felt lucky’ that she had never herself received ‘that kind of mass pandemonium of attention’ because she thought her creativity would suffer.

‘I don’t know that I could continue to have the fluid creative life that I have. I deeply admire and there’s some amazingly creative people who do deal with it, but I don’t think I have the constitution.’

Dunham celebrated the 10-year anniversary of this year, which followed the life of Hannah and her three friends as they navigate their 20s in New York City.

During its run it received multiple awards including the international prize at Bafta TV Awards, two Golden Globes for best television series and best actress in a comedy or musical for Dunham.

She said that taking a break after Girls was ‘not a choice’ but was a necessity for her wellbeing.

Don’t Worry Darling is currently in cinemas and Catherine Called Birdy is available on Prime Video now.