Allison Williams Q&A: ‘Girls’
“In any other career, I’d drive everybody crazy,” confesses Allison Williams in our extended webchat (watch the exclusive video above) about her career and the final season of HBO’s “Girls.” She adds, “But my qualities that are insane work very well in this line of work. I was a dancing, singing, prancing around, perforative little girl who looked at my parents and said, ‘I’d like to be an actor someday.’ That was clearly an expression of something that was already in there. It was kind of the only option.”
In “Girls” Williams played Marnie Michaels, who over the course of the series also pursued a career in the arts. However, Williams feels her character’s ambition was more misplaced: “Marnie drives people crazy in her pursuit of rules. Someone who likes rules almost laughably does not belong in the art world. The music business is about creative expression. That is not Marnie’s milieu. She belongs somewhere where one plus one equals two, and that’s the only answer. If when I was little I had turned to my parents as this shy, withdrawn kid with no proclivity for the make-believe and muttered to them that ‘I’d like to be an actor someday; that seems like a fun life to live,’ it would have been confusing.'”
By the end of the series Williams feels that Marnie has “turned that critical eye she has towards other people towards herself. I have a lot of hope and feel good about her future. In the end we see her make choices that are more more driven by who she is at her core rather than some hypothetical version of herself.” The show was created by Lena Dunham, who starred along with Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet.
On shooting her first scene six years ago, Williams says that she had “nerves because I thought ‘here goes this adventure. I don’t know where it will take me. I hope I don’t f*** it up.'” Wrapping the series she had “nerves because I was begging for the end not to be. I had come through this experience and come out the other end grateful and in love with this job. I just didn’t want them to say cut because it meant I was done. This was really going to be it.”