I’m not sure how many people remember this, but last year, the cast of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood came out for the London premiere, and there were some really awkward moments on that carpet. Those awkward moments involved Lena Dunham looking like she was wearing a skinned Muppet, and then Lena trying to kiss Brad Pitt on the mouth in front of cameras. I found the photos stupidly funny and absolutely cringeworthy. Some people argued that Lena “assaulted” Brad. Which… I’m still not going that far. I think it’s mostly Lena being awkward AF and not understanding personal-space boundaries. She probably also thought that she and Brad were close enough to kiss in greeting. Anyway, Lena has some new sh-t to say about that awkwardness with Brad, and about their friendship:
Lena Dunham is setting the record straight on that infamous Brad Pitt photo. The Girls alum made headlines in July 2019 when she was photographed sharing an embrace with her co-star Pitt at the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiere in London. When the photo made its way online, it was deemed “awkward,” but Dunham is telling a different story.
While on Watch What Happens Live on Monday night, Dunham cleared up speculation about the photo and her friendship with the actor during a game of “Spit on Pitt.” When talking about working with Pitt on Once Upon a Time, Dunham told host Andy Cohen, “Well, I actually had the pleasure of knowing him a little bit previously, so I wasn’t going in totally blind. But when I showed up to set, I didn’t have some major megastar part, I was in a really great ensemble of girls so, I didn’t expect…I expected, you know, a friendly hello from Brad. And I think what happened was the best thing that’s maybe ever happened to me.”
“He was doing a scene where he was parking a car and he’s supposed to get out and look around and he looked around and saw me at the edge of frame and came over and picked me up and spun me around,” Dunham recalled. “And it was like…it was like in one of those movies where the nerd shows up at the prom and the hottest guy at school is like, ‘Would you care to dance?’”
“He’s a truly kind person who can read the room,” Dunham shared. “And I was super nervous because I was around so many idols of mine and he made me feel pretty cool.”
Dunham went on to tell Cohen that she wanted to clear up something involving Pitt…that red carpet photo.
“I don’t know if you remember there was a sort of awkward photo taken of the two of us,” the actress noted. “Well, the way the internet read it was I had somehow physically accosted him causing him a great deal of stress…I would never force a kiss on Brad Pitt. I respect him far too much as an artist and a friend. Later that night because he knew I felt nervous, he took me into a room and we secretly ate pizza and I told him I like his ring and he gave it to me. And I wear it and every time I wear it, something amazing happens.”
For whatever reason, I was reminded of all of Lena’s dumb excuses about how she didn’t behave inappropriately with her sister when they were both children. Lena’s special snowflake syndrome means that everything and everyone revolves around her, so of course a story of how she behaved inappropriately on a red carpet becomes a story about how she’s so amazing and only Brad Pitt could see that in her and he loves her so much that he gave her a ring when they had a secret pizza date. I can’t.
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