Lesley Arfin

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Lesley Arfin
Born Lesley Arfin
1978 (age 39–40)
Nationality American
Occupation Comedy writer

Lesley Arfin (born 1978) is an American comedy writer and author.


Arfin was born to a Jewish family[1] in 1978 in Long Island, New York.[2] She studied at Hampshire College.[3]


In 2007, her book Dear Diary, based on a column she wrote for Vice Magazine, was published by Vice Books.[4][5] In 2008, she became the editor in chief of Missbehave.[6]

Arfin went on to become a staff writer for the HBO TV series Girls.[7]

From there, she worked on the TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Arfin received sole writing credit for the Halloween-themed episode in the first season.

With Paul Rust and Judd Apatow, she created the Netflix series Love.[8][9][10] Arfin drew on her own past in dealing with alcohol addiction while writing for Love.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Arfin wrote about being addicted to heroin and going into rehab in her book Dear Diary.[12]

In 2012, Arfin was criticised for a lack of awareness of white privilege after she wrote a tweet regarding the criticism of the lack of diversity in Girls, stating "What really bothered me most about Precious was that there was no representation of ME".[13]

Arfin married American actor and writer Paul Rust in 2015.[14] In October 2017, she gave birth to their daughter, Mary James.[15]



  1. ^ Bloom, Nate (March 6, 2018). "Anton Yelchin's final role lands in 'Thoroughbreds'; Appatow's 'Love' returns". The Jewish News of Northern California. 
  2. ^ "Dear Diary HARDCOVER - powerHouse Books". www.powerhousebooks.com. 
  3. ^ "An Editor's Third Act". The New York Times. 3 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Visiting Writers Series - The University of the Arts". www.uarts.edu. 
  5. ^ Safe, Georgina (4 December 2007). "Girl, interrupted". theaustralian.com.au. 
  6. ^ "Missbehave Magazine Names Lesley Arfin Editor-in-Chief". The New York Observer. 19 August 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2017 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ Carraway, Kate. "An Interview with Lesley Arfin About 'Girls'". VICE. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "What It's Like To Make a Netflix "Love" Story With Your Spouse. And Judd Apatow". fastcompany.com. 18 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Paskin, Willa (19 February 2016). "Love". slate.com. 
  10. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (16 September 2014). "Netflix Recruits Judd Apatow, Handing 2-Season Order to Lesley Arfin Comedy 'Love'". variety.com. 
  11. ^ "TV comedies get real about addiction, recovery". usatoday.com. 
  12. ^ Dewitt, Erin. "Dear Diary By Lesley Arfin". OC Weekly. 
  13. ^ "'Girls' Writer Is Learning There's No Such Thing as Ironic Racism". theatlantic.com. 19 April 2012. 
  14. ^ Foster, Brooke Lea (9 May 2017). "When You Know It's Love: A Vision Out of Your Dreams" – via NYTimes.com. 
  15. ^ Jen Juneau, "Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin Welcome Daughter Mary James", People, Oct. 17, 2017