The photo was taken at the London premiere for Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, in which they both starred.
During a virtual appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the Girls star and writer described the photo as “awkward”.
“I don’t know if you remember, there was a sort of awkward photo taken of the two of us,” Dunham told Cohen of the premiere.
“Well, the way the internet read it was I had somehow physically accosted him, causing him a great deal of stress,” the 33-year-old continued.
“I would never force a kiss on Brad Pitt,” she added. “I respect him far too much as an artist and a friend.”
Dunham went on to talk about how she spent much of the evening with Pitt.
“Later that night, because he knew I felt nervous, he took me into a room and we secretly ate pizza,” she recalled.
Dunham added that she told Pitt she liked his ring, prompting him to give it to her.
“And I wear it and every time I wear it, something amazing happens,” she said.
Prior to the premiere, Dunham celebrated her 33rd birthday with Pitt alongside a number of other famous friends at a fundraiser.
In May 2019, the actor and writer shared several images on Instagram from the fundraiser, which was raising money for the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House – the first recovery home for women who have suffered from drug and alcohol abuse in the US.
“I may own a birthday b*tch hat, but IRL I’m no big birthday b*tch,” she wrote in the caption.
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