How Did Lena Dunham & Jack Antonoff Meet? Their First Date Went Really, Really Well
Aside from the exciting (and not surprising) news that Girls was just renewed for a fifth season, the show is about to premiere on Jan. 11, which is also the day of the 2015 Golden Globes! Lena Dunham clearly has a lot going on, but will likely be at the award ceremony to celebrate her two nominations for Best Actress in a TV Comedy and for Best Comedy Series. At last year's Globes, she cozied up on the red carpet with her boo of two years, Jack Antonoff of the band Fun. Because Valentine's Day is also approaching, all inquiring single minds want to know: how did Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff meet?
Last year, Antonoff and Dunham looked dashing and super adorable as he accompanied her to her special night, but this year, she's leaving her man at home and bringing along Andrew Rannells, her co-star who plays her ex-boyfriend turned gay BFF, who tells USA Today he "hopes to meet Helen Mirren." How's that for a good friend? The coolest thing is that because Dunham and Antonoff seem to be in such a supportive and loving relationship, this is no issue and it seems that they've been as open as they are now since their first date!
As it turns out, not all blind dates are a complete disaster like that one time I had just broken my finger and my friend dragged me to a dinner date with her boyfriend's friend, and the dude barely spoke to me yet insisted on writing a weird poem/song about our night. Ah, well. Antonoff shared with New York Magazine that the two were set up on a blind date by his friend, comedian Mike Birbiglia and the rest, as they say, is history. Antonoff also had this totally adorable tidbit about their first date:
I told Lena everything about my whole life, because when you really like someone, you want them to know everything about you.
Ain't it true? Another interesting bit that I never knew was that he told Dunham about his high school sweetheart, who was none other than Scarlett Johansson (they both went to a performing arts school in New York)! Dunham has also spoken about their first meeting and how she felt that the timing was just right.
In a cover story for the April 2014 issue of Glamour, Dunham recounted how her mentor, Nora Ephron, gave her the advice that "you can’t meet someone until you’ve become who you’re becoming." She shared how she had just broken up with a guy she was dating for five months right before Girls premiered that April, which is the same month that she was matched up on that blind date with Antonoff. She continued,
The dialogue around the show already existed, so it was sort of clear to him what the baggage of dating me was going to be. I remember talking with him on our first date and him being like, "God, all the articles about your nudity on the show are such bulls--t." It’s funny, 'cause in some ways that’s the conversation we still have when I’m upset [about stuff I read].
Since that first date, the couple has been pretty inseparable and they have moved in together into a Brooklyn Heights home, which they share with the cutest dog in all the land, Lamby. One thing is for sure, Antonoff and Dunham are one of the most open and down-to-earth couples who have no problem in sharing parts of their unconventional life — that of two extremely talented, driven, and very famous people. Dunham shared with The Guardian:
I've had boyfriends before, but never someone who was a constructive member of society and made my life better. And I have a really great boyfriend now. I'm really lucky. It would be hard to be with someone who wasn't supportive of what I did.
And seems like marriage and children are definitely in the cards for these two. Antonoff told New York Magazine,
I think all people in relationships that last longer than a year start talking about that stuff. It’s hard to imagine when the right time is because things are so crazy at the moment... I’m not, like, 24 or 22. I’m no longer in the phase of my life where I talk about everything as in the future. Like, I’m in the future.
I think these kids will be alright.
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