If you happen to be puttering around the Welsh countryside and suddenly encounter a cane-wielding Lena Dunham sporting a fairly new septum piercing and surrounded by several domesticated animals and wonder if you’ve ingested hallucinogens without knowing it, don’t. In an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, Lena reveals that she lives there now. The Girls creator says that she moved to Wales to recover from a broken heart. And to garner some new attention from Welsh people. Look, there’s only so many times you can get your fellow U.S. citizens to roll their eyes at the ridiculous things that come out of your mouth before you need a whole new country to annoy.
Lena, whose most recent project is executive producing an upcoming HBO Max series about teenage sexuality called Generation, really, really likes Wales and Welsh people. She even used the word “joyful.”
And Lena Dunham spoke candidly about her time in the country, and gushed that it was ‘the beautiful, welcoming, joyful place’ that helped her recover ‘from a broken heart.’
Lena, who has had a rough time of it medically in the last several years to put it mildly, says that she first discovered how rad Wales was from being hospitalized there. Fun?
The Girls star, 33, was making an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, in scenes set to air on Saturday night, when she claimed: ‘I ended up in the hospital in Wales and it was better than DisneyLand.
‘They bring you a ham sandwich every two hours, everybody comes in and tells you you look ‘lush’ and they say how lovely the afternoon is outside… I love Wales, I love welsh cakes, I love walking in the hills.’
Wait – what medical condition requires a ham sandwich every two hours? How do I contract that? Lena, who says that living in Wales has been a “healing” experience, went on to say that she usually isn’t recognized by the Welsh. But when she is, people are normally like “this is strange, don’t you usually terrorize Brooklyn with contrary opinions designed to inspire think pieces?”
She added that barely anyone has recognised her since she moved to Wales, and said: ‘I just look like any Welsh lady walking around with nine hairless pets. When people did realise it was me, they definitely seemed confounded.’
Lena, who didn’t specify who broke her heart, says that the only drawback about living in Wales is sober dating.
‘I’m sober, it’s a choice, and I would say sober dating in the UK is a roughie. It was easy to find guys when I would drink because I would drink a lot, go over to their house, throw up and then they would have to let me stay.
‘But in Wales when I was being a polite woman of dignity and grace, much more challenging. If anyone in the audience knows of a nice, sober, respectable but a little bit freaky man who would like to take me to dinner, I’m open.’
Something inside wants me to refer her to Prince Andrew because there’s something spiky within her that would probably enjoy taking that problem on, if only as grist for her next challenging HBO dramedy about dating and relationships. She’s edgy like that.