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Lena Dunham's rise to running

Published 22/09/2015

Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham

Girls star Lena Dunham has learnt to run with confidence.

(Cover) - EN Star Style - Girls star Lena Dunham says taking up running is like learning a new language.

The 29-year-old star has been open about her dislike of exercise in the past and happily embraces her curves.

But recently she decided to get stuck into running, being snapped by paparazzi as she jogged through New York last month (Aug15).

"Running had always been off the table for me. It just looks embarrassing when I do it. I viewed it like learning a new language - best to learn it as a child. But there was an episode of Girls that I'd written with the idea that my character was going to be running," she explained to ESPN. "And I figured it would just be typical - we've seen Hannah [her character] run a lot and it's pretty goofy, and I figured that's what we were doing. Then my producing partner, Jenni Konner, had this idea that a good way to signal character development would be if my character was running and it wasn't quite as pathetic."

And so Lena threw herself into the activity with the help of teacher Matt Wilpers. In just two sessions, the actress learnt a lot of valuable lessons about her body and how exercise works. Matt's key to running is confidence, and he urged Lena to "run strong".

"He used the term 'run arrogant', which means, run like somebody who knows how to run," she added. "And of course there was technical stuff, like how to use your feet and how to use your elbows. But for me, what was transformative was my stopping running shyly and really investing myself in what I'm doing."

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