Lena Dunham engaged in chicken nuggets rebellion
The star occasionally experiments with a plant-based diet.
Actress Lena Dunham has been a chicken nugget rebel for most of her life.
The 30-year-old Girls star was restricted from eating the popular fast food dish throughout her childhood, and now that she's an adult, she equates the food item with insurrection.
"My parents didn’t let us eat fast food when I was young, but on long road trips I could get chicken nuggets," she tells Food and Wine magazine. "So I associate them with rebellion.
"Last September (15), on the way to (Girls co-star) Allison Williams’s wedding in Wyoming, I said, 'I’m going to get chicken nuggets. At McDonald’s'. They were more disgusting than I remembered; I felt a lot of darkness around those chicken nuggets."
Despite being barred from eating fast food in her youth, Dunham's father did allow her to get wild for breakfast from time to time: "There’s a diner in New York City called Joe Jr.’s," she recalls. "Sometimes my dad would let me have breakfast there before school. I’d order orange juice and a hamburger. And it wasn’t a little one. Thank you, dad, for the freedom of letting a kid have a big burger for breakfast."
Lena's parents also left her with a profound connection to another dish that is popular with kids: Jell-O.
"When we shot the pilot for Max (Dunham’s upcoming HBO series), I demanded to see several kinds of Jell-O molds," she recalls. "All my mum’s '60s dinner parties revolved around that kind of food: Jell-O, clams casino. There’s Jell-O in the Max pilot. It’s very cinematic."
Although she is fond of foods many consider to be unhealthy, Lena ensures she eats a balanced diet, choosing vegan options every now and then.
"I’ve been experimenting with a plant-based diet," Dunham shares. "I’m obsessed with this amazing website, jessicamurnane.com (Murnane’s book, One Part Plant, comes out next year from HarperWave). In L.A., I do the vegan march between Real Food Daily and Crossroads Kitchen, stuffing my body with supernutrient goodness."
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