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Lena Dunham Adapting Syrian Refugee Survival Story for Steven Spielberg & J.J. Abrams

Lena Dunham is teaming up with Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams to bring a Syrian refugee story to the big screen.

The 32-year-old actress and writer is set to adapt A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival for their upcoming film, according to Variety.

The film will follow the true story of Doaa Al Zamel, a mother of two fleeing Egypt for Sweden by boat.

Along the way, the family is shipwrecked and must survive for days in open water while Doaa holds her two small children in each arm with only the support of an inflatable water ring.

There is not yet a start date for filming.

Lena Dunham Is Six Months Sober After 'Misusing Benzos'

Lena Dunham revealed that she’s six months sober after “misusing” Klonopin, an anti-anxiety drug.

“I’ve been sober for six months,” the 32-year-old actress said on Dax Shepard‘s podcast Armchair Expert. “My particular passion was Klonopin.”

“I was having crazy anxiety and having to show up for things that I didn’t feel equipped to show up for. But I know I need to do it, and when I take a Klonopin, I can do it,” she explained, adding that, “It stopped being ‘I take one when I fly,’ to ‘I take one when I’m awake.’ “

“I didn’t have any trouble getting a doctor to tell me, ‘No you have serious anxiety issues, you should be taking this. This is how you should be existing,’” Lena continued. “I was diagnosed with pretty serious PTSD. I have a few sexual traumas in my past and then I had all these surgeries and then I had my hysterectomy after a period of really extreme pain. It stopped feeling like I had panic attacks and it started feeling like I was a living panic attack. The only thing that was notable was the parts of the day where I didn’t feel like I was going to barf and faint.”

“If I look back, there were a solid three years where I was, to put it lightly, misusing benzos, even though it was all quote unquote doctor prescribed,” she added.

“Nobody I know who are prescribed these medications is told, ‘By the way, when you try and get off this, it’s going to be like the most hellacious acid trip you’ve ever had where you’re f—– clutching the walls and the hair is blowing off your head and you can’t believe you found yourself in this situation.’ Now the literal smell of the inside of pill bottles makes me want to throw up,” Lena said. “I still feel like my brain is recalibrating itself to experience anxiety,” she explained. “I just feel literally on my knees grateful every day.”

Lena Dunham Announces 'Lenny Letter' Newsletter Is Shutting Down

Lena Dunham‘s Lenny Letter newsletter is coming to an end after three years.

The 32-year-old Girls actress revealed the news on Friday (October 19).

“When we began plotting Lenny almost four years ago, we were casually referring to this venture as our cool older sister — someone who’s been there, done that, someone who’s learned from her successes and her failures. But this newsletter has grown way beyond that dream. It was our dearest hope that we could create a space where new voices were safe to speak, and speak loudly. But we didn’t create that. You did,” she wrote in her last letter, along with co-founder Jenni Konner and editorial and creative director Molly Elizalde.

“In the three years since we began, the Internet has opened up for underrepresented writers in ways we wouldn’t have predicted or believed from our 2015 bunker. It was an honor to be part of that brigade, and we can’t wait to see how those who forged that path keep holding space after Lenny is gone.”

They also revealed that “there’s no one reason for our closure…this change allows for growth and a shift in perspectives — ours and yours.”

See their tweet confirming the news below.

Lena Dunham Undergoes Surgery to Remove Ovary, Reveals the 'Big Lesson' She Learned

Lena Dunham has revealed she underwent a two hour surgery on Tuesday (October 16) to remove her left ovary that was encased in scar tissue and fibrosis.

“Yesterday I had a two hour surgery to remove my left ovary, which was encased in scar tissue & fibrosis, attached to my bowel and pressing on nerves that made it kinda hard to walk/pee/vamp. Over the last month it got worse and worse until I was simply a burrito shaped like a human,” Lena wrote on her Instagram account, along with a photo of her in a hospital bed.

Lena continued, “I spent 9 hours in the post op recovery area with v low blood pressure that nurses were diligently monitoring….A lot of people commented on my last post about being too sick to finish promoting my [new HBO] show [Camping] by saying they thought my hysterectomy would have fixed it (so did I). That I should get acupuncture and take supplements (I do). That I should see a therapist because it’s clearly psychological (year 25, y’all. These are the fruits!)”

“But a big lesson I’ve learned in all this is that health, like most things, isn’t linear- things improve and things falter and you start living off only cranberry juice from a sippy cup/sleeping on a glorified heating pad but you’re also happier than you’ve been in years,” Lena wrote. “I feel blessed creatively and tickled by my new and improved bellybutton and so so so lucky to have health insurance as well as money for care that is off my plan. But I’m simultaneously shocked by what my body is and isn’t doing for me and red with rage that access to medical care is a privilege and not a right in this country and that women have to work extra hard just to prove what we already know about our own bodies and what we need to be well. It’s humiliating.”

Lena then concluded, “My health not being a given has paid spiritual dividends I could never have predicted and it’s opened me up in wild ways and it’s given me a mission: to advocate for those of us who live at the cross section of physical and physic pain, to remind women that our stories don’t have to look one way, our pain is our gain and oh shit scars and mesh ‘panties’ are the fucking jam. Join me, won’t you?”

Lena Dunham Names Her Least Favorite Taylor Swift Ex

Lena Dunham and Maggie Gyllenhaal make an appearance on Watch What Happens Live! on Wednesday evening (October 10) in New York City.

During the show, Lena played “Plead the Fifth,” where celebs are asked three juicy questions and can choose to not answer one. However, Lena ended up answering all three questions and not abstaining from any!

First, Lena was asked who she thinks is the biggest misogynist in Hollywood, to which she responded “Daniel Tosh.”

She then was asked about the drama that went down between her and her Girls co-star Christopher Abbott.

Finally, the juiciest question came from Lena‘s Girls co-star Andrew Rannells. He asked which of Taylor Swift‘s exes is her least favorite (if you don’t know, Taylor and Lena are pals.)

Before answering the question, it was noted by Andy Cohen that Lena was sitting next to Maggie, who is the sister of one of Taylor‘s exes, Jake Gyllenhaal.

“I want to do right by her on this question. My least favorite was Calvin Harris because I felt that he was petty in the public, and who needs to do that?”

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