During an interview on Alec Baldwin's podcast "Here's the Thing" on Monday, 26-year-old Dunham referenced the "Diamonds" singer, 24, when she spoke about the importance of being a role model, and how it's something that she's keenly aware of now that her HBO show is such a hit.
"I've had to become more conscious about what I say and what I promote, not in a way that stifles me, but just in a way where I realize now that there are 17-year-old girls who come up to me and tell me that the show means a lot to them," said Dunham, whose show regularly features sex scenes.
Baldwin noted, "If one percent of your audience is influenced – this is what I learned from someone – if one percent of your audience, one percent, is genuinely and in any way influenced by what you do and say, that's still tens of thousands of people."
"It's amazing," Dunham agreed. "It's an amazing thing and it's like, it's a platform that you have to take seriously. Which is why sometimes it's like I used to be really into Rihanna, that pop star, and then it's like again, I don't want to ever throw stones from my glass house, but I follow her on Instagram and I just think about how many little girls beyond what I could even comprehend are obsessed with Rihanna. Like you know, she left Barbados, she's had this amazing career, she's won a Grammy."
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