Watch: How This ‘Girls’ Star Is Stealing a March in Hollywood
The star got her first big break after receiving an email from Superbad director Judd Apatow. “Judd saw a movie I made called Tiny Furniture,” she said. “Then he got involved with a pilot that I was writing for HBO.”
Now the hit cable series Girls has made Dunham a two-time Golden Globe winner. At this year’s award show, the actress scored trophies for Best TV Comedy or Musical and beat out Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Zooey Deschanel for Best Actress in a TV Comedy.
The Girls star added another feather to her cap in October when she inked a deal with Random House for a reported $3.7 million.
“Her skill on the page as a writer is remarkable—fresh, wise, so assured,” the publisher said in a statement on the tentatively titled, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned. “She is that rare literary talent that will only grow from strength to strength and we look forward to helping her build a long career as an author.”
In December, Dunham added yet another accomplishment to her resume, making her major motion picture acting debut. Joining Apatow’s all-star cast, Dunham plays Cat – a record label employee who works to keep Pete’s (Paul Rudd) struggling business afloat – in This Is 40.
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