When it comes to getting second chances, Lena Dunham
lucked out big time.
In a recent interview with Grantland's Bill Simmons, the Girls star
says she was let go while briefly working on HBO's 2011 miniseries, Mildred Pierce
. "I got fired off the one day I did," she says. "Fired might be a rough word but I got sweetly dismissed."
The actress played a nurse set in the period drama, but she didn't quite prep enough for her role.
"I didn't practice. I looked over the script with my mom and since the project takes place in the '30s I was like, 'Am I supposed to do any kind of accent?' My mom was like, 'They are hiring you to be you. Just go for it.' "
"You could just see everybody's face drop,' she said. "It was like Ricky Gervais in Extras
. They were like, 'This is a f–––ing disaster.' " Still, director Todd Haynes, "could not have been sweeter" about letting her go, she says.
Just a year later, Dunham was back on top at the premium cable network with her hit show
. But even with her newfound success as Hannah Horvath, the memory of her Mildred Pierce
gig still comes back.
While shooting this season of her show, Dunham had to hire a dialect coach for a scene. To her surprise, it was the same coach she had worked with on Mildred Pierce
"I had like a full P.T.S.D. reaction," she says of the surprise run-in. "I couldn't take it because she was the bearer of such negative memories for me."