During her keynote speech at SXSW on March 10, Lena Dunham criticized the entertainment industry for the disparate treatment it’s shown her Girls co-stars. She noted that Adam Driver, who plays Dunham's "funny looking" yet beloved boyfriend on the show, has since appeared as a Brooklyn rich kid in Noah Baumbach’sFrances Ha and a folk musician in the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis (along with fellow Girls male co-star Alex Karpovsky.) Dunham's point: fellow female co-stars Allison Davis, Jemima Kirke, and Zoisa Mamet are getting none of this Hollywood love. Only Mamet has done film work, and it predates her role in Girls. The only possibility Dunham has so far seen for her fellow gals are typecast roles as "high school ditzes," a stark comparison with the range of characters these women play in Girls. As for her own film career, Dunham insists that "there's no place for me in the studio system." Perhaps the only place for multifaceted female characters are in shows created by them.
At SXSW, she notes male 'Girls' stars get more diverse roles.