This article originally appeared on People.com.†
When it comes to telling the truth about health, trainer and fitness entrepreneur Tracy Anderson doesnít have much faith in Hollywood. But there are a few celebrities she does have faith in, and one of them is Lena Dunham.
ďThatís what I love about her ó because she speaks straight and speaks her mind and she puts it out there,Ē Anderson told PEOPLE at the Breast Cancer Research Foundationís Hot Pink Party in New York City on Friday. ďSheís telling the truth, and no one tells the truth.Ē
Anderson is referring to the reason behind Dunhamís recent interest in fitness. ďShe had significant health issues,Ē Anderson confirmed, referencing the actressí struggles with endometriosis and OCD. ďShe was open and transparent about her health issues, but our convoluted f-ed up celebrity culture was like, ĎWhat diet is Lena doing? Lena lost weight,í and Lena was like, ĎI was freaking sick!í Like, itís just crazy,Ē Anderson said. ďAnd by the way, I think sheís making that statement.Ē
Dunham kicked up her fitness in the last few years, after she learned that working out helps her manage her anxiety, and started doing yoga and taking classes with Tracy Anderson.
ďShe didnít come to me to make her body look different, she came to me to feel better,Ē Anderson explained. ďAnd I think that sheís our most important influencer of our time. She came to me and when she was so vocal about how my program helped her with her OCD Ö for me, when people come to me from the vanity thread, I know that they have a lot of balance work to do in their bodies. So when somebody comes to me with, ĎMy health matters first, I just want to feel good in my skin, I want to be healthy,í thatís where it needs to come from. Because thereís not one specific definition of beauty and we really have to move the needle in the other direction for that.Ē
Anderson, who also recently wrote a book aimed at teens, thinks that ďsomeone like Lena, who is beautiful and articulate and smart and heartful, sheís someone that can help us do that. And I think sheís doing it, a damn good job of it.Ē
In honor of Dunhamís 31st birthday on Saturday, Anderson shared her love for the writer and actress on Instagram. ďHappy Birthday to the most important influencer of our time!!! Trust me ladies in 10 years you will not have enough ways to say thank you in your vocabulary for the roadblocks this incredible woman will have unblocked for us. I stand beside you in all of your efforts my darling! I hope you relax your advocating voice today and @jackantonoff makes you pancakes in bed! Love you forever and always! Ē
Dunham isnít the only celebrity Anderson admires. She has a soft spot for Jennifer Lopez, which is why she trained her last week even though she isnít technically available for hire for personal training anymore. And of course, she loves Gwyneth Paltrow, who is her business partner. But Anderson explains that the reason she admires the two stars and continues to work with them because of the way they approach fitness.
ďMy biggest complaint [when training celebrities] was always, they needed to be more like Jennifer Lopez, where itís like, ĎNo no no, I work out always, Iím smart about how I work out. I want to be comfortable and healthy in my own skin.í And itís not this, ĎCan you please get me ready for this sex scene I have to do in two weeks?í or ĎI have to shoot a video in two weeksÖí and Iím just like, thatís not the mentality,Ē she said. Anderson revealed that it is extremely common for celebrities to contact her for reasons like that ó 911s, as she calls them. ďAnd then to see those kinds of people go out and be on the cover of a wellness magazine, especially as much as I know about them, Iím like, ĎOh gosh, wow, thatís shocking.í Ē
So Anderson put her foot down. ďI donít work with the 911. Iíll work with the 911 if the 911 comes in and is like, ĎIím committing toÖí thatís how Gwyneth and I started,Ē she recalled. ďGwyneth was like, ĎI have a 911, I canít get my baby weight off after Moses, Iíve gotta film something.í But she was like, ĎI will do everything that you say and I am in it, and I am a really good student.í And she was willing to take all the steps to really actually invest in what I do,Ē Anderson†said.