Allison Williams leaves Girls behind and dives into her first feature film, Get Out, that will not only keep you at the edge of your seat, but also get you talking.
Allison Williams is moving on from her hit HBO series Girls, with her first feature film that will definitely get you talking. It’s the film’s mix of comedy, thriller and social commentary that attracted Williams to the part.
Early in the film, which is written and directed by Jordan Peele of Key and Peele fame, we learn early on that things are not idyllic with William’s character Rose’s family when she brings her African American boyfriend, Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) , an aspiring photographer and artist, to meet her well-to-do family at their estate.
“Rose takes her black boyfriend home to meet her white family, and something is not quite right once they arrive,” Williams says. “Rose is torn between her allegiance to her family and her new boyfriend, but she is committed to Chris. She is willing to shake things up with her family in order to salvage their relationship.”
“The more people who are seeing it and talking about it,
the better. A movie like this lives or dies by those conversations.”
At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries leads him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
“When I describe it to my friends, it feels kind of like an indie movie, but you feel a different genre lurking around the corner,” Williams told TimeOut.com. “It’s not at all like an indie satirical-horror movie. But honestly, whatever audiences come into the theatre thinking it plays to our advantage, because then we’re fu*#$ing with them even more.
Although Williams says this clever, genre-bending movie Peele has created will definitely entertain audiences, it will also engage commentary about racism.
“I’ve felt from the beginning that any scenario where people are walking out of a theater debating the movie is a great one, because that means the conversation continues over dinner,” she continued. “The more people who are seeing it and talking about it, the better. A movie like this lives or dies by those conversations.”
Now that Girls is in its final, sixth season, there’s no doubt we’ll see Williams in a wide range of roles but she admits letting go of Marnie was hard.
“God, I didn’t want it to end,” Williams told Popsugar. “Even though it’s definitely time. Like objectively, it’s time. I think people will not be shocked that it’s not the tidiest. It’s not tied up with a bow. We don’t have all the answers. But I think Lena has left it so that people have some notion of where they’re all going. Of course, you’ve spent six years with all of these women, so you know us to our core. I think it’ll be OK. It’ll feel OK. It’ll feel OK to say goodbye.”
Get Out opens in theatres on February 24.