Should Lena Dunham Adapt Hillary Clinton's Memoir?

"Call HBO, we'll have to see if Danny Strong is available," jokes Dunham's producing partner Jenni Konner when asked if the memoir — high on both her and Dunham's reading list — would make a good adaptation.
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Lena Dunham and Hillary Clinton

Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s Lenny Letter celebrated its two-year anniversary earlier this month, a span which has featured stories from Jennifer Lawrence, Gloria Steinem, America Ferrera and model Ashley Graham. But the duo is focused now on digesting the story of one Hillary Clinton in her new book What Happened.

Dunham has to get her surroundings set first. “We will for sure read it,” Dunham tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s something where I need to get into bed with a hot water bottle and read it; it’s not like a casual train read for me.”

The reason why she craves distraction-free time to consume Clinton’s campaign tome, which moved more than 300,000 copies in its first week across all platforms, is because Dunham stumped hard for the Democratic nominee. “After you work on the campaign for 18 months and invest yourself in the way we did, it’s something you want to read when you have time to reflect on it.”

When queried on whether the book would make a good TV or film adaptation, Dunham jokes, “Great question slash suggestion,” with Konner adding, “Call HBO; we’ll have to see if Danny Strong is available.” Strong penned 2012’s Game Change about Sarah Palin joining the John McCain 2008 presidential campaign.

As for Dunham, she’ll next be seen on the small screen in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story playing Valerie Solanas, the woman who tried to assassinate Andy Warhol. “American Horror Story is just such an amazing spectacle and such a cool thing to be a part of,” Dunham teases. “And you get to see me in a very astonishing wig.”

A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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