As we count down to the 2014 Emmy Awards, Zap2it is taking a closer look at each of the lead acting nominees for comedy and drama — and judging them not by their best work, but by some of the more dubious credits on their IMDB pages. So we ask you: Based on what you’re about to see, would you give this person an Emmy?
Since “Girls” creator Lena Dunham has always written and directed for herself, she doesn’t have the embarrassing cabal of Coke commercials that many actors do. Then again, she’s never shied from showing everything, so she probably wouldn’t mind too much if she did.
“Pressure,” one of the multi-hyphenate’s earliest pieces — she made it in the library when she was a 19-year-old undergrad at Oberlin College — has all the hallmarks of a trademark Dunham film. There are the over-privileged subjects, there’s the complete comfort in discussing the most embarrassing and intimate of moments — but it’s most definitely a student film.
It’s easy to see how Dunham’s filmmaking style and themes have evolved throughout the years, but this is very clearly an early work. Dunham is nominated for a 2014 Emmy for her acting work on her HBO series.