Lena Dunham announced on her podcast "Women of the Hour" on Dec. 14 that she has never had an abortion, but wished she had (video below).
The actress recalled how she was asked to share an abortion story a few years ago while visiting a Planned Parenthood in Texas:
A young girl walked up to me, and asked if me if I would like to be a part of her project in which women share their stories of abortions. I sort of jumped. "I haven't had an abortion," I told her. I wanted to make it really clear to her that as much as I was going out and fighting for other women's options, I myself had never had an abortion. And I realized then that even I was carrying within myself stigma around this issue.
Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt it was important that people know that I was unblemished in this department. So many people I love -- my mother, my best friends -- have had to have abortions for all kinds of reasons. I feel so proud of them for their bravery, for their self-knowledge.
And it was really an important moment for me then to realize that I had internalized some of what society was throwing at us, and I had to put it in the garbage. Now I can say that I still haven't had an abortion, but I wish I had.
In another awkward celebrity moment, Jerry Lewis gave very brief answers -- sometimes only one word -- during an interview published online by The Hollywood Reporter on Dec. 19 (video above).
The news site called it the "Most Painfully Awkward Interview of 2016."
Journalist Andy Lewis, who is not related to the 90-year-old comedian, notes that the interview went downhill before it started:
I had a bad feeling about how the conversation with Jerry Lewis was going to go the second I walked into his Vegas house -- the interview was scheduled for a few off days in his touring schedule -- and saw him watching TV with his headphones on. He looked angry. I already knew Lewis' reputation for being difficult and acerbic with his audiences and in interviews. And he's a well-known control freak.
Throughout the photo shoot, Lewis complained about the amount of equipment in the house, the number of assistants and how the shots were set up. By the time we sat down for the interview about an hour later, Lewis had worked up a full head of steam, and it seemed like he was punishing THR by doing the interview but being as uncooperative as possible.
As awkward and funny -- and it's pretty funny -- as the interview is, it weirdly proves the point of the entire package: 90-year-old Jerry Lewis is vital and completely engaged. He's just engaged -- almost happily so -- in being difficult.