"I would never force a kiss on Brad Pitt."

By Kimberly Truong
Updated May 12, 2020 @ 8:45 am
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Lena Dunham responded to the seemingly awkward photo of her attempting to kiss Brad Pitt on a red carpet last year.

Dunham appeared on Watch What Happens Live on Monday evening, and the conversation turned to a photo from the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood UK premiere, in which she appeared to be kissing Pitt on the side of the mouth.

"I don't know if you remember there was a sort of awkward photo taken of the two of us," she said. "Well, the way the internet read it was I had somehow physically accosted him causing him a great deal of stress...I would never force a kiss on Brad Pitt. I respect him far too much as an artist and a friend. Later that night because he knew I felt nervous, he took me into a room and we secretly ate pizza and I told him I like his ring and he gave it to me."

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"And I wear it and every time I wear it, something amazing happens," she said about the ring.

Sounds about right.

Dunham also discussed working with him on the set of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, revealing that Brad Pitt was, in her experience, just as cool as you'd imagine him to be.

"When I showed up to set, I didn't have some major megastar part, I was in a really great ensemble of girls so, I didn't expect...I expected, you know, a friendly hello from Brad. And I think what happened was the best thing that's maybe ever happened to me," she said. "He was doing a scene where he was parking a car and he's supposed to get out and look around and he looked around and saw me at the edge of frame and came over and picked me up and spun me around. And it was like...it was like in one of those movies where the nerd shows up at the prom and the hottest guy at school is like, 'Would you care to dance?'"

"He's a truly kind person who can read the room," she added. "And I was super nervous because I was around so many idols of mine and he made me feel pretty cool."

And it seems like their friendship stuck off-set — last year, Pitt attended her birthday party.