But at just 26 Lena Dunham appears to have her life perfectly on track, which perhaps explained the huge grin on her face as she marked the second season of her HBO show on Wednesday night.
The comedic actress and writer wore a strapless black jumpsuit and heels as she posed with the stars of her critically acclaimed show at the bash.
Girls on the town! Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams and Lena Dunham attend the premiere of the second series of HBO's Girls in New York
While Lena has won four Emmy nominations for her work on the show, she has also seen a backlash from those who dislike her work.
But that didn't seem to affect the mood as she smiled for the cameras on Wednesday night.
It's my show! Creator and star Lena shows off her moves on the red carpet
Looking their best! Lena and Jemima show off their posesWith Season two of Girls scheduled to premiere this Sunday Lena has been busy promoting it.
She appeared on the Today show, where she explained: 'If you loved what we were doing last season, we're going to push it further.
'And if you hated what we were doing last season, you're going to hate it even more.'
Black and gold: It looked like the four had co-ordinated their outfits
'I sort of object to the notion that characters have to be likable.
'I feel like I don't like most of my friends, I love them, and that's the same way I feel about most of the characters that I write.'
Red carpet: Heiress Nicki Hilton and reality star Kelly Killoren Bensimon were at the bash
Fashionable pair: Actress Rosanna Arquette and singer Solange Knowles
Evening out: Precious star Gadourey Sidibe was amongst the guests