The next season of HBO’s hit show “Girls” will be the show’s last, and audiences are witnessing major milestones for the foursome. Star Allison Williams joins TODAY to talk about the show’s next and final steps, her character’s new marital reality, as well as her own recent nuptials with Ricky Van Veen.
Unlike Marnie, the snarky, entitled millennial with a penchant for eye rolling, who she’s played for five seasons on the zeitgeist-capturing HBO series Girls, Allison Williams, 27, is personable and charming. “People assume they’re going to hate me when they meet me, and I’m delighted to report that they don’t all hate me,” she says with a self-deprecating smile and gentle laugh. “Marnie’s cold, so they assume I’m going to judge them or talk sh*t about them.”
On the contrary, the New Canaan, Conn.-bred, Yale-educated daughter of newscaster Brian Williams is quick-witted, thoughtful, easy-going, gracious and kind. She’s a fixture on the red carpet, where she radiates in head-turners from the likes of Ralph Lauren, Dior, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Joseph Altuzarra (whose sheer dress she rocked as his date to the 2013 Met Gala). But when we meet at Fika, a coffee spot a few blocks from Williams’ Manhattan apartment, she’s dressed down in Pilates-ready athleticwear from Outdoor Voices, Lululemon and online retailer Carbon38, and a sweater from technical cashmere company Kit and Ace. “I am the paragon of high fashion today,” she jokes between sips of a double espresso with almond milk. “I’m wearing cartoonishly large black UGG boots, which I was recently paparazzi’ed in while taking my dog, Moxie, out first thing in the morning. That should be illegal. I was wearing pajama pants and [was] just so tired.”
On Monday, Allison was at Live with Kelly and Michael, to promote the newest season of Girl. It was nice to see Allison doing interviews again. Season 5 of Girls stars on Sunday 21 on HBO.
When Girls returns to HBO on February 21 for its fifth season, we’ll see all the principals gathered for Marnie’s (Allison Williams) wedding.When EW sat down with the four women of Girls, they remember the filming of the episode as a particularly special one. “It’s always a treat for us [to film together] because it’s so nice to hang,” says Williams. In fact she, Jemima Kirke (Jessa) and Zosia Mamet (Shoshana) all bunked up at Kirke’s mother’s house upstate.
Dunham, who also directs the episode, remembers this one as an example of her friends and co-workers rising to the occasion. “Not to be cheesy or too overshare-y, but that was an episode when I truly felt the love of you guys,” says Dunham. “I was really sick and then the minute I got better, my uncle, who I was very close to, passed away. You guys gathered around me in this really amazing way.”
It’s also an amazing episode: would it surprise anyone to know that Marnie as a bride is just, well, the Marnie-est? Between micro-managing her bridemaids’ hair and makeup and worrying over the weather, she’s a bridezilla that crosses some new lines of passive aggression. “It’s so fun to be able to turn that dial way up and leave it there,” says Williams. She turns to Dunham. “Remember in the beginning I was like, ‘So what’s the arc?’ You were just like, ‘Up and down, up and down.’ ” Dunham laughs. “You were trying to map it out in an emotionally intelligent way and I was like, ‘Uh, no. You are that crazy chick now.”
Girls returns Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.