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Lena Dunham Discusses Her Obsession With ‘SNL’, Ahead of Her Debut as Host.

The 27-year-old talks about being a ‘superfan’ of the show, and her upcoming hosting dusties.

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: March 8th, 2014 in Culture » TV » News

Lena Dunham Discusses Her Obsession With ‘SNL’, Ahead of Her Debut as Host.

Lena Dunham wears numerous hats, as it were, as the creator, star, writer, and sometime producer/director of HBO’s Girls. However, there’s one thing Dunham can now proudly add to her already impressive resume: Saturday Night Live host. For the 27-year-old, who is slated to host the show on Saturday, this is very much a dream come true.

“I love it with a passion. Long time listener, first time caller,” Dunham explained in an interview on Friday’s Today.

When asked if she would deem herself “obsessed” with the live sketch comedy show, her response was prompt.

“No obsessed is not too strong of a word, and being here in this space is surreal, and wonderful, and I’m just so excited to soak up every inch of it. I was literally staring at the hairstylists as they constructed wigs today saying like, ‘I want to know your secrets’”, she explained.

Dunham also addressed the Girls parody that was part of SNL’s season premier this year, starring Tina Fey as the fifth girl, “Blerta”.

“It was one of the best things that ever happened to me,” Dunham gushed. “I was sitting there watching that, and I couldn’t believe these people that I admired were even aware enough of my work to sort of construct this parody, which felt loving. I heard that week that they were doing an SNL parody of Girls, and I was terrified because I’ve always been all too aware that there are things to be made fun of in the show, and I thought they took such a smart approach. There wasn’t nudity obsessed, it wasn’t you know, all about my weight. It was a really intelligent, thoughtful approach to Girls, so not only was I grateful that I was spared, I felt excited it existed.”

Dunham will host Saturday Night Live with musical guests, The National, tonight on NBC at 11:30 pm ET.

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