Allison Williams On Jennifer Lawrence: “Maybe She Wishes She Was On Girls


By Michael Lewittes

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Allison Williams opens up about becoming a working actress in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, admitting to the paper that there were times she never thought she’d make it.

Williams, who plays Marnie on “Girls” and whose father is NBC anchor Brian Williams, says her parents would not let her begin acting until she graduated from college, which made her feel behind the game compared to other stars her age. She shares, “When Mean Girls came out, I just thought Lindsay Lohan was genius. I didn’t understand how I could ever come close to that if they didn’t let me start young.”

Williams explains that she’s since “come to realize it’s not a zero-sum game,” offering, “When I see performances like Jennifer Lawrences in Silver Linings Playbook, I think, ‘God, what a great role.’ But maybe, just maybe, she watches ‘Girls’ and maybe, just maybe, she wishes she was on ‘Girls.'”

The L.A. Times also spoke with “Girls” creator Lena Dunham, who reveals she wasn’t sold on casting Williams on the show based on her “Mad Men”/”Nature Boy” YouTube video that won over Judd Apatow. Dunham says, “I thought ‘gorgeous voice, great hair, what else is new in Hollywood,’ I had to meet Allison to understand just how cheeky and intelligent that video really was, and just why Judd felt so strongly about her.”

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