Lena Dunham has had a busy day. Monday morning, Variety announced that the Girls creator has been tapped by Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams to write the screenplay for their upcoming film about Doaa Al Zamel. The script will be adapted from her biography, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival.
The biography was written by Melissa Fleming who is also the chief spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner. The book chronicles the events that took place while Al Zamel fled Egypt for Sweeden by boat. When the vessel was shipwrecked, Al Zamel survived for days while holding her two young children with only a single inflatable tube. Spielberg and Abrams are co-producing the Paramount Pictures film.
Dunham was back in the news again Monday afternoon after she announced that she is six months sober on Dax Shepard’s podcast, Armchair Expert.
The Camping creator told Shepard that she had been misusing Klonopin, a benzodiazepine commonly used to treat panic disorders. Dunham called the drug “normalized” in entertainment and, while the drugs first helped her to “show up to things I didn’t feel equipped to show up for,” she became addicted.
Dunham was diagnosed with PTSD and has frequent panic attacks. “I don’t blame myself for my illness; I don’t blame myself for the sexual abuse I experienced; I don’t blame myself for the physical abuse I experienced; I don’t blame myself for the challenges of being a woman in this world, and an anxious woman in this world, and living in this body,” Dunham explained on the podcast, “But I do see the way that I medicated myself, negatively impacted people around me, and decimated my decision making and hurt my creativity. So, I just feel, literally like, on my knees grateful every single day.”