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Like her character Marnie Michaels on Girls, Allison Williams has had her fair share of awkward moments. In a recent podcast interview, she shared the story of her first period, and we’re all still squirming… in a totally loving, empathetic way.

 

“Between 7th and 8th grade, I went on a trip to France for a summer on an exchange thing. I got all the brochures, I begged my parents, I probably wrote an essay about why I should go on this trip, what it would mean to me. My parents were like, ‘this feels like we’re just putting money into a garbage disposal, but… we’ll see.’ And I loved French and I loved France and I wanted to see the country. And so I went with this group of kids and the flight we took was [an] overnight flight to France, which, of course, was my first experience, and it’s a bunch of 7th and 8th graders. And so, no one sleeps the whole flight; they’re just up talking, and it was a blast.

 

“So we land, and we get to the hostel, and I go to the bathroom, and I had shat myself. And I was like, ‘That’s so weird because I didn’t feel this happen. And I didn’t know, and usually you know [when you shit yourself].’” Finally, she decides, “Alright, we’ll chalk that one up to first day camp nerves, weird overnight flight, it’s all good.

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In the hit HBO series “Girls,” actress Allison Williams plays Marnie Michaels, the high strung and often judgmental best friend of Hanna, played by Lena Dunham.

She’s had her ups and downs over the course of the show, but on the March 27 episode we got to see a different side of her often-polarizing character. The episode — titled “The Panic in Central Park” —  was entirely devoted to Marnie, her troubled marriage, and her reunion with former boyfriend, Charlie, who she hasn’t seen in years. The last time they met, Charlie told Marnie that he never loved her.

“Girls” is Allison Williams’ first substantial role as an actress. Her parents — her father is MSNBC news anchor Brian Williams — insisted she put off her acting career until after graduating college.

It was a rule she initially fought, but she told The Frame’s Oscar Garza that, as she got older, she began to see it as an advantage.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Your parents insisted that you wait to pursue acting until after college. What did you think of that rule?

[My parents] thought it was a good idea if I graduated from college before pursuing [acting] professionally because it gave me more time to become who I am. Some actors during summer jobs confirmed what [my parents] said.

So after finishing school, how long was it before the “Girls” opportunity came along, and how did you come to the attention of the producers? 

I slowly moved my things back into my childhood bedroom and was watching “Mad Men.” The theme song to “Mad Men” was getting so stuck in my head and … I talked to a friend of mine about putting lyrics to that song. I teamed up with a composer friend and we found out that “Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole fit snugly and, oddly, perfectly.

That video came out and it found its way onto many different websites, including Huffington Post, which I think is what Judd Apatow saw. He reached out to my agents and asked me to audition for the untitled Lena Dunham project at HBO. The audition was so different, and so fantastic. The room was filled with four women, which almost never happens. Lena was in there and we read scenes together.

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