As the creator and star of the award-winning HBO series Girls, Lena Dunham masterfully channels the angst of post-collegiate singletons struggling to realize life’s creative, professional, and romantic dreams in gritty New York City. No stranger to the art world (she is the daughter of artists Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons), we love her riff on his hypothetical tweet and her dream collaboration with the Pop Art master.
What was your first Warholian moment, and when did you first encounter him?
I don’t remember not knowing about Andy Warhol. One of my claims to fame is that my parents have been in the same room as him. As a child I thought he invented soup.
What or who would be Andy’s muse if he were alive today?
He would watch Real Housewives. We all just have to accept that.
What are your latest cultural obsessions?
The cult of J. Crew. Twitter-feuds. Scandal and other hour-long television dramas.
What would you consider Warhol’s most memorable quote or anthem?
“I always run into strong women who are looking for weak men to dominate them.”
If you could collaborate with Andy on a project, what would it be?
We’d design the coolest, wittiest, most casually brilliant laptop cases that let everyone at work or on the train know just how much you “get” it.
Dream dinner party: you, Warhol, and…?
Marilyn Monroe. I’m afraid anybody else would bore him (including, and especially, me.)
Imagine Warhol had a Twitter account. What kind of thing might he say in 140 characters or less?
Breakfast is the easiest meal to curate properly and the hardest one to give a shit about.
Whose portrait would Andy most want to do now?
Soup can or coke bottle?
Soup can all the way.
Drag every day or only on special occasions?
Isn’t it all drag?