Lena Dunham Admits She Doesn't Care About Ratings During 2014 SXSW Keynote

Posted Monday March 10, 2014 7:42 PM GMT

Returning to an important place in her career development, Lena Dunham gave the keynote address at the South by Southwest Film Festival on Monday (March 10).

The "Girls" creator spoke about using her babysitting savings to shoot her first film for the event, which was rejected. However, her second short, "Family Tree," made the cut.

Later, her 2010 movie "Tiny Furniture" took home the top prize, sending her on a fast path that brought her to HBO.

Addressing young filmmakers in the audience, the 27-year-old star shared, "I want to make people laugh. ... I want to be of service to the causes that are dear to me and be an agent of change specifically for women and girls, and on a purely selfish level, I want to continually challenge myself to grow as an artist."

As for what she "absolutely" does not care about, she says, "Unfortunately, ratings, which unfortunately HBO would like me to feel differently about. I never expected to have a television show, and now that I do, I never expect to have one with blockbuster ratings. ... It's enough to have the platform."

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