“Girls,” like “Sex and the City” and “Golden Girls” before it, lends itself easily to fans deciding who in their own social circle corresponds to which character — and there’s always one no one really wants to be. In the case of the HBO hit, star Allison Williams is very aware that, for many, it’s her character, Marnie.
And she basically agrees.
“Marnie would drive me crazy is we were friends in real life,” she tells Buzzfeed. “But I have to put that out of my head in order the play her. Like, sleeping with Elijah (Andrew Rannells) is crazy, sleeping with Ray (Alex Karpovsky) is crazy, furiously hitting on Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) when he mentions his girlfriend in their first conversation is crazy; but I have to be on the couch with her and Elijah hoping they f***, I have to be in that apartment with Ray kinda wanting it to happen, and I have to support her quest for Desi.”
“I have always been aware that Marnie is divisive, and I feel like we leaned into that this season,” Williams adds. “I mean, Marnie is probably the closest I will ever commit to playing a villain without actually killing someone.”
And if you’re one of those friends who’s been named the Marnie of your group, fear not. You’re in good company. “I got Marnie on BuzzFeed’s ‘Which ‘Girls’ Character Are You?’ quiz, and so did Lena [Dunham],” Williams admits. “I love that Lena got it the most because I’ve always suspected she was more like Marnie than she wanted to admit, and this kind of sealed it.”
The Season 3 finale of “Girls” airs Sunday, March 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.