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Gaby Hoffmann: I don’t do pretty

Gaby Hoffmann never even "tried" to be a "pretty" actress.

The actress recently decided to go fully nude for a part in Lena Dunham's hit HBO show Girls. She shocked some viewers by displaying body hair, but says not fulfilling a beauty stereotype doesn't faze her.

"I never tried to be the pretty girl," she shrugged to British magazine Stylist. "I wasn't trying to be the star of teen romantic comedies. But now I feel like I have a certain secret agreement with Hollywood: I'm not interested in those kinds of projects and they aren't interested in me."

Girls has often been praised for breaking the mould and showing all kinds of variations of the female body. The show's creator, 27-year-old Lena, isn't afraid to take her clothes off on screen, which has earned her critics as well as fans.

Gaby, 32, is amazed that people are still so shocked by the female form.

"My nudity is not the type our culture understands," she argued. "[We live in] a twisted, puritanical-slash-pornographic society where sex in one context is perfectly acceptable, but shift it slightly away from the [typical] male fantasy and it's offensive and/or 'brave'. I don't give a sh*t what people say about my body. We need to overhaul our relationship with the female identity."

Lena has defended the show's nudity in the past, when a journalist at a press conference argued that it was "random" and not "titillating" like the naked bodies on display in Game of Thrones.

"It's because it's a realistic expression of what it's like to be alive, and I totally get it if you're not into it and that's your problem,” she answered.

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