Allison Williams got her butt motorboated on the season premiere of Girls. So, aren't you annoyed that you sat through that George Clooney career achievement speech at the Golden Globes that was happening at the same time? The cast (and Williams' dad, news anchor Brian Williams) talked to Vulture about that particular achievement in television history.
A serious shout-out to Allison's mom, who had some good advice to make it look as real as possible. Maybe after that family dinner they recommended that she do the live theater event Peter Pan? (All quotes via Vulture and Entertainment Weekly; this visual video and gif (NSFW) provided by MorningAfter)
Because of my wiring, I read it in the script and I went into total action mode. I got everyone together and I was like, “All right, Grace [in wardrobe], you and me — we’re going to come up with something so ingenious that he is going to feel comfortable.” I mean, think about where he is, right! It was our first day back of shooting and it was my birthday — everything was happening. I grabbed the makeup girl and said, “I want to smell like a cake,” so we put vanilla cream everywhere so everything smells good. And then I’m like, “Grace, we’re going to rig something invisible from the side but that feels like a pillow when he puts his face into it.” And, that’s what we did! You wouldn’t know; it’s total TV magic. (In Entertainment Weekly, she explained further: "It was so elaborate — it involved Spanx that we cut away and glued down and involved menstrual pads and two of those weird thongs.")
Did Allison Williams ask her dad to sit this episode out?
AW: No, also because of my wiring, I was like, “Any advice? What do you guys think in terms of what adhesive I should use?” I got some advice from my parents, because they too are veterans of the show, so their thinking has changed as well. I’d get a call from my mom and she’d be like, “Maybe if you took a thong and cut it away from the sides but you stuck it on in the front and the back it could work.” I was like, “Mom, I like your thinking.” Just your regular dinner conversation! We’re changing as a family; it’s lovely.
She’s always been an actress. For us, watching her is the family occupation and everybody has to remember it’s acting, no animals were harmed during the filming, and ideally nobody gets hurt.
Ebon Moss-Bacharach (the man doing the deed)
I hope this is okay to say, but honestly I think this scene comes about by Lena saying, “How can I put Allison through the ringer?" "How can I tighten the screws on Allison?” I think Lena gets a kick out of that, Lena does.
Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner
JK: When we were shooting that, I said I thought we had done all of the funny, crazy sex we could do, but … Part of that was improv on Ebon’s part, and we died laughing.
LD: Allison was a good sport.
JK: She was game — a down girl. She’s a serious actress and she takes it all seriously. She was brilliant.
LD: Let me tell you this, when someone puts their face in your butt, whether there’s a barrier or not, their face is still in your butt. And she handled that with aplomb.
JK: Even when someone you love puts their face in your butt, it might be weird!
Alex Karpovsky (Ray):
Yeah! Let’s do it! Let’s go there! Let’s explore all the cavities. Yeah, 2015 is the Butt Year. There is some type of sexual revolution happening, and maybe that’s one of the cliffs or peaks that we need to begin to incorporate into our societal representation of this revolution, specifically in television. This could be the year of the anus.
Zosia Mamet (Shoshanna)
We know that Lena and our writers would never, ever make us do anything that didn’t serve the purpose of the story, so whenever she writes something that’s uncomfortable or scary, we just roll up our sleeves and we can’t wait to do it for her and for our show. It’s not just, you know, a little eatin’ out from behind. It matters!
Jemima Kirke (Jessa)
I sat behind Allison and her dad in the first season [premiere] and I was going to puke; I was so nervous. I don’t even know him, but can you imagine [with this]?! Watching a kissing scene with my dad next to me is awful, let alone with you getting — whatever that’s called — motorboated in your ass!
But let's be real for a second: the most shocking thing about that quick scene is that Marnie (Williams) misheard the man behind her -- who said "I love this" -- and she responded by saying, "I love you, too." And it's not like his words were muffled by her butt cheeks. No, he'd already vacated the area.