Now living in New York City, Allison Williams is gracing the cover of the spring issue of Boston Common magazine. We just received an exclusive preview of her cover story. Allison plays Marnie Michaels on HBO's Golden Globe-winning “Girls.” During her interview with Boston Common magazine Allison discussed what she has learned about “Girls” creator Lena Dunham and her fast rise to fame.
Lena Dunham is not only the creator of “Girls,” she plays the leading role of Hannah Horvath. Hannah is best friends with Marnie. Allison stated she has learned a lot from her co-star:
“One of the major things is that sense of self. It does not need to be solidified forever, it's not permanent, and that sense of yourself will continue to shift and flow throughout your life. And that's okay. She helped me learn to embrace the gray area between black and white, which as been really wonderful.”
Allison's famous father is NBC “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams. She also talked about discussing politics at home with her dad:
"We actually didn't really discuss politics at home growing up. Home was always a place of creativity and family time. We’re very close, and because my father’s political beliefs remain un-revealed to us, it would have been a very lopsided conversation.”
Everyone is buzzing about “Girls” win for Best Comedy or Musical TV Series at the Golden Globes. Allison mentioned her elation about winning the award:
“What you saw from the three of us when we won the Golden Globe Award was pure, unmitigated joy and surprise and elation. Because we have all gone through [the doubts]. At one point or another, we’ve all come to this realization that we’re not going to do what we do perfectly, so we just have to have fun and enjoy it.”
With perfection in mind, Allison learned to overcome her need to be perfect:
“I’ve realized very slowly over the last five, six, seven years that it was a waste of my time trying to be the perfect version of myself. But it’s very hard when you live in a high-pressure academic culture. I was really trying to do everything right.”
Perfect or not, notoriety has come fast for Allison. Boston Common magazine asked whether she was worried about achieving fame so early in her career:
“’Fame’ is such a sticky word. It’s all so fickle and fleeting. I don’t feel famous, but I do feel that attention is being paid. The amount of attention is the variable that seems to change day by day. It’s early. I’m young, I just started, but given that I've wanted to be an actress since I was 4, I just feel lucky to be making a living doing what I love. I have always held that as the standard for happiness... and it feels as good as I always imagined it.”
Allison also dished about how handsome stars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon remained unaffected about their own early success:
“I look at how easily he and Matt Damon could have been totally worked over by their early success. They kept their heads level. Not only that, but they are high-achieving and permanent fixtures in this industry, and that makes me very proud.”
To find out more about the lovely Allison Williams and HBO's “Girls,” pick up the spring issue of Boston Common magazine or visit their website.