Lena Dunham's American Horror Story: Cult Character Has Been Revealed And It Is Someone Terrifying From History
The star will be playing a convicted criminal who once tried to kill Andy Warhol
Lena Dunham might be best known for playing her loveable character Hannah in Girls – but she’s about to terrify everyone with her new role.
The outspoken actress has landed a part in the new series of American Horror Story – which has the sub title “Cult”.
The series seems to kick off with characters being horrified that Donald Trump has been elected as President of the United States of America.
But then an invasion of horrifying clowns seem hell bent on terrorising a neighbourhood which includes Sarah Paulson’s Ally.
Now Lena’s character in the upcoming seventh season of the show has been revealed and she is playing a real life criminal of the past.
The Girls star will be playing Valerie Solanas – who became famous in 1960s when she tried to murder the artist Andy Warhol.
Show creator Ryan Murphy has explained a little more about Valerie and it sounds like Lena’s character could be out to kill all the male stars of the show.
“It's about female rage and that's in the country now,” Ryan explained.
“Solanas wrote the SCUM Manifesto. She told all women to kill men, and it was their only way to rise to power," he adds.
Valerie shot Andy Warhol three times in 1968, seriously injuring him – she was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to reckless "assault with intent to harm", was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and died of pneumonia in 1988.
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Lena owned her dog for four years before giving him up to a professional dog facility.
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Lena Dunham's claims that her dog, Lamby, suffered 'terrible abuse' as a puppy have been refuted by the BARC animal shelter, which is where she rescued him from over four years ago.
The Girls creator claims she had to give her pet back due to "challenging behaviour and aggression" that stemmed from the abusive treatment he received from multiple owners prior to her adopting him - but it looks like the shelted that adopted him to her disagree with this.
Dog-loving Lena announced her decision to give Lamby up via Instagram, writing: "Last March, after four years of challenging behavior and aggression that could not be treated with training or medication or consistent loving dog ownership, Lamby went to live at an amazing professional facility in Los Angeles.
"Lamby suffered terrible abuse as a pup that made having him in a typical home environment dangerous to him and others - we needed to be responsible to ourselves, our neighbors and especially our beloved boy."
But now Robert Vazquez, a spokesperson for the BARC shelter, has spoken out and disagrees, saying: "He was 'owner surrendered, not enough time' so we do not know where she got 'multiple owners that abused the dog.' "
He continued: "If Lamby had a bad past or was abused, do you think BARC would have adopted him to Lena knowing she's a new star and put her or the dog in that situation?"
Lena responded to the comments via Instagram, stating: "I can't apologise. Lamby was and is one of the great loves of my life. When I met him I knew we'd have an amazing journey. But his aggression - which was unpredictable - and his particular issues, which remain myriad, weren't manageable."
Yikes! We just hope Lamby is ok and living his best life now that he is with doggy professionals.
Who run the world?
There is nothing we strive for more in life that being total #girlboss(es). But sometimes it feels too hard, we're tired and we need help dammit.
So be gifted with these celeb tips on how to be top dog from some total queens...
1. Beyonce on…continually setting goals
“I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.”
2. Lena Dunham on...accepting compliments
“Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.”
3. Oprah on…thinking like a queen
"Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness."
4. Michelle Obama on…good relationships
“Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts … good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with.”
5. Demi Lovato on…making yourself happy
"I have come to realize making yourself happy is most important. Never be ashamed of how you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion you want, and do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto."
6. Taylor Swift on…knowing when to give up
"Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak. Sometimes you’re just strong enough to let go."
7. Angelina Jolie on…knowing who you are
"Figure out who are you separate from your family, and the man or woman you’re in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self. With that, you can do anything else."
8. Lady Gaga on….the importance of a career
"Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore."
9. Lauren Conrad on…being a bitch
"Over the last few years I’ve been able to work with several women who I really respected because they didn’t take on that role of being a bitch. They were strong, but they were kind and didn’t need to shout to be heard. A lot of women feel they need to be tough to be taken seriously. We have this idea that kindness is weakness, which I don’t think is true."
10. Amy Schumer on…self encouragment
“Even on my worst day, when I’m feeling awful, I smile and say ‘you’re doing the best you can. Good job bitch!’”
11. Zoe Sugg on…saying yes
"Just say 'yes', just say 'there’s nothing holding me back'."
12. Jennifer Lawrence on…acting like a man
“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn't get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early.
If I'm honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn't say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn't want to seem "difficult" or "spoiled." At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn't worry about being "difficult" or "spoiled."
13. Selena Gomez on…asking questions
"I used to be afraid to ask questions because I thought ‘oh maybe I’m not smart and I maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about', but now I’m not afraid to ask questions. I want to know what’s happening and why it’s happening. But it is nice to become a boss. It’s actually really empowering."
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Celebs are coming together to #StandWithLeslie after her Tumblr page was hacked...
Leslie Jones' website has been targeted as part of an apparent cyber attack, just a month after she was sent horrifying tweets that caused her to leave Twitter.
Her Tumblr page has been taken down after hackers posted highly personal information online, including copies of her passport, driving license, as well as photos from her iCloud account.
Even her phone number and Twitter password were revealed on the site alongside pictures of her with the likes of Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Rihanna.
This cyber-abuse comes just a month after Leslie left Twitter briefly and called on the social media platform to take action. This was due to the shocking racist abuse she'd received, with some even comparing her to Harambe, the gorilla who was shot dead when a child entered its enclosure in Cincinnati Zoo.
Celebrities have come together to show their love and support for the Ghostbusters star and to show the trolls their outrage at the attack, with many using the hashtag #StandWithLeslie.
Katy Perry showed her support by writing: "Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie":
Whilst Lena Dunham vowed for everyone to "turn our anger for trolls into love for Leslie Jones":
Ghostbusters director Paul Feig called it an 'absolute outrage', naming the trolls 'sad':
And Anna Kendrick described her as "warm, funny and friendly":
We second that. And third that too. Sending all of our love to Leslie!
Lena Dunham Defends Taylor Swift And Perfectly Sums Up Everything That Is Wrong With Kanye West’s Famous Video
The Girls Star hits out at Kanye West's 'unsafe' video.
Lena Dunham has spoken out in defense of her good friend Taylor Swift following her inclusion in Kanye West’s controversial music video ‘Famous’.
Taking to Facebook, the Girls star didn’t hold back on exactly what she thought of Kanye’s voyeuristic piece of work.
She wrote: "Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they've been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening sense of disease.”
Lena also specifically cited that seeing her dear friend Taylor ‘reduced to a pair of waxy breasts’ made her feel ‘unsafe,’ before comparing the video to a snuff film.
"I don't have a hip cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (f*** that one hurt to look at, I couldn't look), a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna, reduced to a pair of waxy breasts made by some special effects guy in the Valley, it makes me feel sad and unsafe and worried for the teenage girls who watch this and may not understand that grainy roving camera as the stuff of snuff films.
"But I can't watch it, don't want to watch it, if it feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own beds, in their own bodies."
Yes, in one Facebook post, Lena managed to surmise everything that is wrong about the Famous video – and that’s why we love her.
We are not successful adults.
On May 13, TV queen and general amazing human Lena Dunham celebrates her 30th birthday.
And since she's the queen of our hearts thanks to her incredible show Girls, we've decided to honour the occasion with 13 times we've ALL been Hannah Horvath. The struggle is real...
1. When you're on public transport and questioning humanity
2. When you finally give yourself a style gold star
3. When you attempt exercise for the first time in months and it totally betrays you
4. When your dating life has gone a bit wrong
5. When you get a bit of praise at work and start getting a little over-excited
6. When you're not afraid to show off your best moves
7. When you manage to turn Beyonce into an adjective
8. When you have to have ~that~ talk with your boss
9. When you need to defend that 'feelings' notebook of yours
10. When you're talking about the perfect 'casual' relationship
11. When you're trying your best to rein in the green-eyed monster
12. When you finally find an exercise routine that works for you
13. And obviously, when you're feeling alive
Happy birthday, Lena!
Celebrating the awesome power of just saying "F**K IT"!
HELLO THERE. Welcome back to F**k It Friday - a weekly feature from MTV Breaks that’s all about saying a big “f**k yeah” to the most excellent people who’ve said “f**k it” (probably) and taken a leap of faith to make big things happen.
Cos it’s not about just having ideas – it’s about believing in yourself, and making them happen. AMIRIGHT?
So who’s next up in the FIF roll call of honour, drumroll… it’s actress, writer, director, producer, EVERYTHING-er, Lena Dunham!
Today is Lena Dunham’s birthday (HBD LENNY!), so who better for Fuck It Friday than her, a woman who has spent her entire career with two fingers up to the world and a “f**k it” attitude towards gender inequality and sexual repression. Just one glance at her awesome Lenny newsletter or a single episode of Girls is enough to see, Lena is one of our people!
Her first “f**k it” moment came in her early days though. One of her first experiences writing and directing was a web-series called Delusional Downtown Divas, a (hilarious) show poking not-so-gentle fun at the New York art scene she had been raised and found herself working in.
Unfortunately the only people who would feature the show, Index Magazine, were unable to pay. Lena and her best friends/co-stars didn’t have a great deal of money but they believed in the idea and wanted to get it made, so they “f**k it” (probably), worked any small jobs they could, pooled all their money in the world and took a leap of faith on the project.
The project achieved something of a cult-following and lead Lena onto the many, many awesome things she’s done since. All because she said “f**k it” (probably) and gave everything to a project she believed in. Lena Dun-good! F**k yeah!
Check out last week’s “f**k it" hero here.t
Have you ever said “f**k it” and taken a chance? Would you like to? Or want to nominate someone for next week? Hit us up on @mtvbreaks with your stories.
The 28-year-old played Lena’s love interest.
Lena Dunham has paid tribute to her former co-star Nick Lashaway, who has died in a car crash at the age of 28.
The actor, who appeared in an episode of Girls during season two, passed away on May 8, and Lena took to Instagram to send love to his family and friends.
Posting a sweet screenshot of the episode her and Nick appeared in together, she wrote: “Just heard the incredibly sad news that Nick Lashaway was killed in a car accident on May 8th.
“Nick was such a talented, funny and kind person and we were so lucky to have him as a part of our Girls family when he played Frank in episode 207.
“We will always remember the week we shared with him, his playful smile, his easy instincts, how much he made us laugh even when we had to stay up all night in the woods.
“We are sending love to his family and friends and feeling such gratitude for his gifts. RIP sweet Nick.”
Nick played Jessa’s teen step-brother Frank in a Girls episode titled Video Games, where he quickly turns into Hannah’s love interest.
The actor had previously starred in TV series The X Files, as well as landing small roles in films like In Time and The Last Song.
It's basically the ultimate squad.
Today is Lena Dunham’s birthday, hurray! The brains behind the endlessly brilliant Girls, an awesome director, talented writer and inspiring advocate for gender equality, there’s a lot to celebrate.
Our favourite thing that Lena has done though is Lenny, her online newsletter that’s gone from strength to strength this year. Not only does it have an amazing bunch of regular writers (including Lena’s actual sister, Grace), but big names have been queuing up to speak up on the things they think matter on a platform that encourages totally honesty and openness on important issues. The results are always something special. So in honour of Lena’s b-day, we thought we’d take a look at some of her friends-turned-writers who’ll most probably be attending the most empowering birthday party in history tonight.
First up, MTV Shuga alumni and Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong’o. Her chosen topic was why she chose to appear in a small play with an all-female cast, director and playwright of African descent rather than the big Hollywood roles she “should” be doing.
The answer? “I’m an actress; why wouldn't I want to be in an incredible, gorgeous, meaty piece about the complicated choices of women during wartime?”. But this question also spoke of wider cultural issues about definitions of success and the things women, and particularly women of colour, “should” be doing in their careers. Lupita points out that although she’s been able make it to those Hollywood roles, she sees success as more than just fame and money. It’s also about working on things she loves and feels strongly about. She also talks about diversity in the entertainment industry as more than just what you see on screen but the people behind the stories, the people working on the production and the audience it’s designed for. So yeah, that’s why.
Obviously everything J-Law touches is golden but her essay, “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?” sparked a conversation in Hollywood and beyond that needs answering. Following the leak from Sony that showed Jen was making considerably less than her male co-stars; she decided that she was “over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state [her] opinion and still be likable” and decided, “All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner”. The opinion in question, in short: why on earth is this still happening!?
From calling out online trolls to shutting down sexist hecklers, CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry doesn’t take any s**t. For Lenny she opened up about how she once found herself on the receiving end of an abusive relationship in a rare personal story. In the piece, entitled ‘My Life, My Voice, My Body, My Rules’, Mayberry spoke up about how she found herself justifying the relationship and how she finally found the strength to get out. As always Lauren’s advice was direct, to the point and totally invaluable to anyone who might find themselves in a similar position.
As far as guest contributors go, they don’t get much bigger than the First Lady herself. Michelle Obama talked about “Why Global Girls' Education Is So Personal for Me”. She urged people not to get bogged down in policy and statistics but to address the root of the issue, “the belief that girls should be valued for their bodies, not their minds; the belief that girls simply aren't worthy of an education, and their best chance in life is to be married off when they're barely even teenagers and start having children of their own.”
She also urged readers to get involved with her #62MillionGirls initiative based around the numbers of girls who don’t have access to education and the small ways people can make an important difference in their lives.
Emily Ratajkowski is sexy. But for her, sexy is a word that often means things that it shouldn’t. In her ‘Baby Woman’ essay Emily defines sexy as “a kind of beauty, a kind of self-expression, one that is to be celebrated, one that is wonderfully female.” She asks, “Why does the implication have to be that sex is a thing men get to take from women and women give up? Most adolescent women are introduced to "sexy" women through porn or Photoshopped images of celebrities. Is that the only example of a sexual woman we will provide to the young women of our culture? Where can girls look to see women who find empowerment in deciding when and how to be or feel sexual?”
Emily explains that all her life she has embraced her sexuality and been met with criticism, not from within the modelling industry but from those outside who made her feel ashamed for being a part of something that celebrates female sexuality.
Having been invited to Coachella time and time again by her celeb pals, despite no interest in porta-potties and culturally appropriated feather headdresses, Lena decided enough was enough and put together possibly the greatest “Pussycat Dolls–esque supergroup” of all time. The band, B.I.T.C.H. (Benevolent Incarnation of The C*** in Harmony) consists of Debbie Wasserman Schultz; “proud Florida Congresswoman”, Jill Biden; the vice First Lady, Cindy McCain; wife of John and “a ferocious opponent of human trafficking”, Kamala Harris; “attorney general of California with a vendetta against revenge porn”, a hologram of Maria Tallchief; America's first prima ballerina and Andrea Dworkin’s spirit; historical feminist writer. This might make very little sense but read the full article, it’s hilarious and brilliant. SQUAD GOALS.
Last but not least, obviously there’s Lena herself. Besides being the woman who brought this awesome crew of right-on-the-money writers together, she writes some pretty bad-ass stuff herself. From speaking openly about her experiences with the re-touching of her body and the fact that, “I don't recognize my own f**king body anymore” to tackling important topics like the on-going Kesha case and planned parenthood in the US perfectly. Lena and her newsletter (and soon to be publishing imprint) are kicking ass and taking names on a daily basis and for that reason alone, we’re wishing her one hell of a happy birthday with the #squad!
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But also makes an excellent point about the whole thing.
When it comes to magazine covers, Photoshop somehow seems to play a bigger part than the actual celebrity posing on the front.
And this week, Lena Dunham has had to deal with the difficult world of retouching as she accused a Spanish magazine of altering her photo – only to find out the shot had been ‘signed off’ by her own team.
All of this started earlier this week, when Lena very politely called out the publication Tentaciones (which is Spanish for Temptations) for doing ‘more than the average Photoshop’ on her.
Telling them, ‘this is NOT what my body has ever looked like or will ever look like’, the Girls star asked the mag to be honest with its readers about her real appearance.
But soon, in an open letter, Temptations responded to Lena’s complaint by insisting the shot they used was ‘the original sent to us without applying any retouching’.
Buzzfeed also confirmed via Lena’s PR that if any Photoshopping HAD gone down, it would have had to be cleared by them first.
After all that malarkey, Lena has now apologised to the magazine for hitting out at them, and explained that she just wants to be ‘honest about who she is’.
She took to Instagram to write: “Hey Tentaciones- thank you for sending the uncropped image (note to the confused: not unretouched, uncropped!) and for being so good natured about my request for accuracy.
“I understand that a whole bunch of people approved this photo before it got to you- and why wouldn't they? I look great. But it's a weird feeling to see a photo and not know if it's your own body anymore (and I'm pretty sure that will never be my thigh width but I honestly can't tell what's been slimmed and what hasn't.)
“I'm not blaming anyone (y'know, except society at large.) I have a long and complicated history with retouching. I wanna live in this wild world and play the game and get my work seen, and I also want to be honest about who I am and what I stand for.
“Maybe it's turning 30. Maybe it's seeing my candidate of choice get bashed as much for having a normal woman's body as she is for her policies.
“Maybe it's getting sick and realising ALL that matters is that this body work, not that it be milky white and slim. But I want something different now.
“Thanks for helping me figure that out and sorry to make you the problem, you cool Spanish magazine you. Time to get to the bottom of this in a bigger way.
“Time to walk the talk. With endless love, Lena PS I'd love the Tentaciones subscription I was offered!”
Is it too late to nominate Lena for president?
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