A month after announcing she would be sitting out the press tour for the now-airing fifth season of her HBO series Girls due to suffering from endometriosis, Lena Dunham has been hospitalized and will undergo surgery for a ruptured ovarian cyst, a common affliction for women with the disease. As Deadline exclusively revealed on February 15, Dunham was set to be in Los Angeles tonight to portray Peggy Noonan in a reading of the Black List script Reagan. She’s being replaced by Grace and Frankie actress June Diane Raphael.
“Lena Dunham has been very public with her personal bouts with endometriosis. This morning, she suffered from an ovarian cyst rupture and has been taken to the hospital,” said her spokesperson, Cindi Berger in a statement to People magazine. “Lena will be undergoing surgery at an undisclosed hospital. We thank you for your understanding and hope that Lena’s privacy will be respected.”
Endometriosis is a condition affecting approximately 10% of women in which tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside instead, causing intense, often crippling pain and infertility in about 50% of cases. “I am currently going through a rough patch with the illness and my body (along with my amazing doctors) let me know, in no uncertain terms, that it’s time to rest,” Dunham said in February when she announced her decision to sit out Girls press. “So many women with this disease literally don’t have the option of time off and I won’t take it for granted.”
Dunham isn’t the only no-show at tonight’s Black List reading. Tony Goldwyn who was set to play Reagan White House Chief of Staff Don Regan, is also out. His role is being filled by Nathan Fillion.