Bullblog: Are you allowed to tell me a little bit about the show?
Allison Williams: Yea! So writer/ director/ actress Lena Dunham who is 24 years old did this movie Tiny Furniture that won an audience award at South by South West. She’s producing [the show], and she’s going to be writing every episode and she’s the star of it. The series is about kids, a year after college, living in Brooklyn sort of sorting themselves out. There was a David Brooks op-ed piece in the New York Times a couple of years ago called “The Odyssey Years” and a friend of mine recommended I read that and it’s exactly what this show is — it’s about this new gap in our lives between education and adult life.
BB: Is comedy something you’ve wanted to do for a while?
AW: I’m about to start work on a half-hour HBO comedy… those words still don’t come out of my mouth easily because I still can’t believe they’re true! I always said comedy was a dream of mine, but I didn’t expect anyone to take that seriously for many years. I always considered comedy something I was going to have to work for. Build up credibility, you know? But I’m starting this way. It’s unbelievable. I am so beyond excited I just feel like someone’s about to wake me up from a really good dream.
BB: Tell us about your audition.
AW: Well, I can’t tell you that much, but I can tell you that the Mad Men video I did helped me get in the room for the audition, oddly enough! I was so humbled and couldn’t believe any of them had seen it.
BB: So the video was your idea?
AW: Oh, ya. I wanted to record live singing and not from a concert cell phone camera perspective and also not from a well-engineered music video for a famous band. I wanted it to be artistic and we filmed a series of three of them, so the rest are coming out. I pitched it to a couple of my filmmaking friends and they were really into it. Actually Jay Wadley is a Yale School of Music graduate and he composed the piece. The next two to come out are totally different. The only thing that’s the same is one camera with no cutting.
BB: So have your directors seen you in College Musical?
AW: I know for a fact that they have seen every video that we do, and that’s including my duet with Sam, “Breaking Free”. I think the consensus from someone at HBO is “this is so right and so wrong in so many ways”.
BB: If Kurt Schneider becomes the next big director or producer would you work with him again?
AW: If he would invite me! I think Kurt is insanely, wildly talented and of course anyone on the planet would be excited to work with him… It’s not a matter of whether or not he becomes successful. It’s a matter of when he decides to just, unleash his genius upon the world.
BB: What is Judd Apatow like?
AW: I’ve barely met him! I’m not sure I’ve been able to form complete sentences in his presence…totally star struck. Eye contact may be a few decades away. But really, his work has made me laugh harder than I knew was possible. It’s really staggering. He is just, in a word, awesome.
BB: Are you a little bit jealous that you don’t get to be in Rent this year?
AW: Rent is one of my favorite shows ever and from what I hear it’s in really good hands. I’m of course jealous, I’m just hoping I’m going to be able to see it!