The new HBO series Girls isn’t exactly a show for dudes. It’s being called Sex and the City for twenty-something millennials (primarily of the female persuasion), but there’s enough clever writing and humor to lend it some appeal on both ends of the gender spectrum. There’s also Allison Williams, one of the show’s leading ladies, who makes a convincing case for tuning in.
Williams is the daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.
She went to Yale, where she was part of the improv comedy troupe Just Add Water.
She was also inducted into the secret society St. Elmo.
After graduating in 2010, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. She began writing and performing a short web series on Funny or Die shortly after.
Williams first gained attention on the Internet in 2010 when a video of her performing vocals on an instrumental version of RJD2’s Mad Men theme song went viral.
The video convinced director Judd Apatow—a family friend and executive producer of Girls—to give her an audition for the show. We can only assume it went pretty well.