Talking Perfection, Brian Williams, and Fashion with Girls’ Allison Williams


Allison Williams stole our hearts with her spot-on performance of an overwhelmed twenty-something on Girls, and then officially cemented our appreciation for her as a person when we chatted after Jason Wu's runway show at Fashion Week.

Now the rising star is on the cover of Town & Country's March 2013 issue, opening up about her past, her father, and her fashion choices.

On always knowing she wanted to be an actress:

“My childhood was stamped with this one certainty, that I knew what I wanted to be, which I realize now was very unusual. Most of my friends are still figuring it out. I only knew one other kid like me; she wanted to be a singer, and in first grade we'd have sleepovers, and she dressed up like a Beatle and I dressed up like Marilyn Monroe.”

On her bold-faced named father, Brian Williams:

“It is apparent to anyone that there are fewer steps between me and Hollywood than there are for the average person. But at some point you are asked to stand and deliver, and people can be pretty ruthless in their judgment toward people like me. Lena [Dunham] and I talk about this a lot.”

On learning how to dress for red carpet events:

“I will have my publicist pull pictures of the way I look at events so I can see, 'Oh, that cut is not as flattering as I thought,' or 'I should smile bigger,' or 'That positioning is odd.' I learn from it.”

On her ladylike style:

“I have a goal, which is that I don't ever want to look back on something I wore and think, 'Oh my God, what was I thinking?' ” she says. “That feeling is much scarier than looking back and thinking, 'Oh, I took myself so seriously. I'm so buttoned up.'

On her parent's thoughts of Girls:

“I can go to them for honest feedback, but they have always been supportive. They know that I am very, very tough on myself.”

On the idea of perfection:

“Something that's been lovely about the last couple of years is that I've finally abandoned the pursuit of perfection, which I think I was pretty stubbornly holding on to, just always trying to be the best at everything I did. I grew up enough to realize that the people I respect aren't perfectionists. And I was like, 'Oh, that's so much more perfect.'”