Teenage Lena Dunham tried to get a fake ID to watch "SNL" live

As a 14-year-old, she tried to convince school administrators to make her seem two years older


Prachi Gupta
February 28, 2014 10:37PM (UTC)

Most "SNL" celebrity guest hosts will remember their first time hosting the sketch comedy show, but probably not as vividly as "Girls" creator and "SNL" superfan Lena Dunham will.

Closing "SNL" alum Seth Meyers' first week as host of "Late Night," Dunham squealed over her upcoming "SNL" hosting gig on March 8. The actress and writer has been a hardcore fan of the show since childhood. "I was obsessed as a teenager," Dunham told Meyers, who made sure she was home by 9 p.m. every Saturday night. "I would take notes, sometimes," she admitted.

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Dunham was so committed to the show that she's probably "the only kid in New York who tried to get a fake ID when I was 14 that said I was 16," she said, "not because I wanted to drink, but because I wanted to go to 'SNL.'"

Though determined, Dunham's plans were thwarted because she was not nearly conniving enough to pull it off. When requesting a new school ID, she casually asked the administrators to make her two years older. Basically, they said no. Her dreams of attending "SNL" were put on hold for a bit, but it seems like it worked out for her.


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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