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Lena Dunham: I worried about leaving home

Lena Dunham can vividly remember asking her mother "four times in one day" whether she would ever make enough money to live alone.

Lena is the star, writer and director of Girls, the US TV show which follows the lives of four young women in New York City. Lena's character Hannah and her friends Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna are all struggling to start their careers and find the right man and Lena based much of it on her own life.

"It's closely based on my own experience of getting out of college and not having a sense of whether I would ever get to do the thing I wanted to do [write and direct] and I was really miserable," she told the latest edition of Company magazine. "I remember asking my mom, like, four times one day, 'Do you think I will ever have enough money to live outside your house?' And she'd say, 'You just never know.'"

Although Lena is proud with the success of the programme - Girls was named best comedy TV show at the recent Golden Globes, with her taking home best comedy TV actress - she worries that people are putting too much pressure on it.

"It's been interesting for me to see that people have taken the show as some kind of indicator of the state of our youth in general," she said. "But I don't think I ever set out to make anything that has an overtly macro statement about people of this age. Anyway, I always feel like I'm too much of a weirdo to be able to speak for everybody."

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