Scoring an internship on the set of hit show Girls would be a teenage dream. But imagine having Lena Dunham as your boss: pretty intimidating, no? Unless of course, you're the daughter of the then President of the United States.
In an interview with Howard Stern, Dunham has revealed what it was like to have Malia Obama intern on her hit show back in the summer of 2015. And as you might have guessed, she was very much in awe of the teen.
Dunham told Stern: “She’s an angel. She was interning at HBO, and they thought, What if she comes a couple days a week to the set of Girls? She loved the show."
Though she explained that they did make some special allowances for their VIP intern: "Obviously we weren’t, like, making her go get our coffee. You’re not going to send [the president’s daughter to get coffee]. But she wanted to do all the jobs. That was the cool thing. She was totally enthusiastic.”
Dunham revealed that Obama was shadowing the writer's assistants during her time on her and Jenni Konner's show. But there were some parts of the job that were off limits due to her age – she was 16 at the time. Girls is known for breaking taboos surrounding nudity in TV and for it's no holds barred sex scenes, so Dunham explained that Obama had to sit these out.
“Because of her age, we actually couldn’t do the graphic sex scenes around her if we wanted to," she joked.
Working with a member of the President's family, does of course come with some baggage: AKA security. But according to Dunham she barely noticed the Secret Service member shadowing Obama during the placement, until he stopped her from enterting the toilet that his client was using. Otherwise, Dunham insists that Obama was a typical teen, in all ways but one: she's really, really, really clever.
“I once asked her, ‘What’s your favorite movie?’" Dunham explained, "and she was like, ‘Well, do you want me to list by my favorite director, actor, or cinematographer?’ And I was like, ‘You are smarter than me, let’s just be done with that.’”
Watch this space, Malia Obama could be the creator of our next TV obsession.