|Portrayed by||Lena Dunham|
From the Official Site:
"Hannah believes she has the talent to be a great writer. You know, once she actually writes something. In the meantime, she's trying to hold down a paying job now that her parents have cut her off financially and she's without a safety net for the first time. At 24, Hannah is still dependent on her mom and dad. Further complicating things is her unrequited passion for her pseudo-boyfriend Adam (boyfriend is the polite term for it) but she's not sure she's ready for something grown-up anyway."
Hannah was born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan. Her parents are Tad and Loreen Horvath, both university professors (presumably at Michigan State University, which is in East Lansing). She has two maternal aunts, Sissy and Margot, a cousin named Rebecca (Margot's daughter) who is studying to be a doctor and another cousin with an unspecified relative, Rudy, who is a lawyer. She is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she met Marnie and Jessa, and has an English degree. Prior to the Pilot episode of the series, her only job was an unpaid internship; all her money came from her parents.
At the beginning of the season, Hannah is sharing her apartment with Elijah and is dating Sandy, a black young Republican. The relationship ends in the episode I Get Ideas after they have a fight because he doesn't like an essay she wrote, but she spins the conversation around and makes it about his political beliefs. Hannah has affairs with Laird, her ex-junkie neighbor, Bad Friend, and with a doctor named Joshua, One Man's Trash.
In "Boys", after writing an article about a night she spent partying and using cocaine, she is offered a contract with David Pressler-Going of Millstreet Press to write an e-book. She's initially exited, in spite of the one-month deadline, but she soon get stuck not knowing how to start. As the writing progresses, Hannah becomes increasingly stressed, triggering a relapse of her OCD. In the season finale, Hannah sends David her finished first draft, which he rejects and tells her to rewrite by the next day. In the middle of the night, in a moment of complete despair, she calls Adam and asks him to come over. He runs al the way from his apartment to hers, kicks down the door and they reconcile.
At the start of the third season, Hannah has recovered from her meltdown and is sharing an apartment with Adam, though she provides most of their income. She is still working hard on her book and has been giving an extension on her deadline.
After David Pressler-Going dies, Hannah discovers that his projects are being cancelled and her book deal with him is terminated. She finds another publisher who is enthusiastic about publishing her book as a real, printed book and not just as an e-book. Unfortunately, she is informed by her father that her cousin Rudy, a lawyer, has read her contract and found that Millstreet will retain the rights to the book for three years, meaning it can't get published by anyone else before then.
In the season finale, Hannah learns that she has been accepted into the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop.