'Girls' Star Allison Williams on That 'Stronger' Scene and Those 'Bubble Butt' Video Rumors
Allison Williams in the "Girls" Season 2 episode, "On All Fours."
Yes, singing Kanye West's "Stronger" in that party scene was humiliating; yes, she, too, couldn't stop laughing at Lena Dunham's infamous mesh tank top from the "Bad Friend" episode; and no, that's not her dancing and singing in Major Lazer's "Bubble Butt" video, despite what you may have read on the Interwebs.
"Girls" star Allison Williams discussed these and other fun facts and rumors with Yahoo! TV, during a break while filming Season 3 of the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy nominee.
Congratulations on the Emmy nominations for Season 2. That must have been great news to get going into the new season.
Thank you so much. It's definitely an exciting thing to have happen, especially when we're shooting. It adds a little bit of a spring in everyone's step, I think.
Let's dive into your storylines in Season 2. Marnie is relatable to a lot of people in that she was drifting, wasn't sure what she wanted in her personal life or her career. What kind of feedback did you get about Marnie in Season 2?
It's very interesting. It's a little bit like a Rorschach test playing on TV, because people see different things in the character — things that are clearly going on with them. That's part of what makes ["Girls" series creator Lena Dunham] so brilliant, that people can look at the things she's created and see the same stuff but interpret it differently. Some people say Marnie is doing really well. She's finally having fun. Then you get people who are really stressed out by what she's doing. It's really funny to hear everyone's reactions to it, because they do vary.
[Related: 2013 Primetime Emmy Nominees]
I interpreted it as sort of like a lost and found season for her. But she is someone who always feels like she's OK and always feels like she knows what she's doing. That often can be very convincing and can fool the people around her. It never looks like she's struggling. To me, victory for her will be when she can finally admit, "Yeah, I'm having a hard time." She sort of does briefly with Charlie, up on the rooftop, but it's not like a full-blown admission of being lost. She's still very reticent to do that. I think there's a lot going on that gives me an amazing arc to play with. It's such a privilege to try to breathe life into it. You can never tip the scale too far into self awareness for her. There's a lot she doesn't like to think about.
What was the most fun scene for you to play all season?
The most fun scene … I'm trying not to say something accidentally about Season 3. (Laughs) I had a lot of fun on some of my scenes with Andrew Rannells [Elijah], where we have sex in the first episode, just because I love him so much, and we have such a giggly fun time. It was his first ever sex scene, so I got to be his first and show him the ropes. I think that was a really fun scene. I love any scene with the girls, any time we get to be together.
And I really liked shooting the stuff when I went into Charlie's office, and I was just, like, pretty pathetic … Marnie, with pigtails and jeans that are too long and dragging on the ground and flip flops. The idea that she would go out looking like that is completely beyond her realm of what she can imagine for herself. So finding that kind of energy, which is as down as she can get, was really fun for me, even though it was not fun for Marnie.