'Girls' star Lena Dunham eager to adopt before 38th birthday

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Lena Dunham attends the Friendly House 30th Annual Awards Luncheon on October 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images for Friendly House)
Girls creator, writer and star, Lena Dunham, doesn't want to turn 38 without a child (Getty Images for Friendly House)

Lena Dunham has revealed she wants to adopt within the next couple of years.

The 35-year-old writer, director and actor, best known known for creating and starring in HBO hit TV series Girls, hopes to have a child before she turns 38. She is married to musician Luis Felber, also 35.

Dunham underwent a hysterectomy in 2018 to help relieve her from the pain of endometriosis, where tissue similar to the lining of the womb can grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.

After telling the Hollywood Reporter her plans, she said, "I'll be 36 this year. I don't feel like turning 38 without a child."

In November 2020, Dunham shared her challenging experiences with fertility, attempts to conceive through IVF and the toll this took on her in her essay False Labor, Giving Up On Motherhood in Harper's magazine.

"I learned that none of my eggs were viable on Memorial Day, in the midst of a global pandemic," she told Harper's, describing her doctor as her "entry into (and now exit from) the world of corporate reproduction".

She added at the time, "There is a lot you can correct in life – you can end a relationship, get sober, get serious, say sorry – but you can't force the universe to give you a baby that your body has told you all along was an impossibility."

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Lena Dunham and Luis Felber attend the Sundance London Film Festival screening of Zola, at the Picturehouse Central Cinema, in Piccadilly, London. Picture date: Sunday August 1, 2021. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mutial friends set Lena Dunham and now husband Luis Felber up in January 2021 (PA Images via Getty Images)

But now Dunham hopes she will have a child through adoption while with Felber.

She hadn't planned on finding a partner when she was set up with him in January 2021, having resigned herself to singledom, The Hollywood Reporter reports. She then married him eight months later.

Dunham also spoke to the magazine about a reboot of Girls, saying: "We all recognise it's not time yet. I want it to be at a moment when the characters' lives have really changed. Right now, everyone would just be wanting to see Kylo Ren."

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The cast and crew of Girls – producer Jennifer Konne, producer Judd Apatow and cast members Zosia Mamet, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams and Adam Driver and director Ilene S Landress (Reuters)

She touched on Adam Driver's breakout role in Girls, meant for a first-season love interest of Dunham's character Hannah, but then staying put for all six seasons, with him then later landing huge parts like Kylo Ren in Star Wars.

"Adam is intensely striking and charismatic, but that's not how you would describe him. He just gave the most astonishing, strange audition," she said.

Despite mixed reviews, Dunham also announced herself as a fan of the Sex and the City reboot And Just Like That, saying, "It was such a pleasure to see those women back together and to see them take on middle-age sexuality. For me, those are women who can do no wrong."

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