During Sunday night’s season premiere of HBO’s Girls, Lena Dunham and company once again pushed the boundaries with a racy sex scene in which Allison Williams was on the receiving end of… well… the receiving end.
The show’s cast seemingly hopes to create a new normal in revolutionizing television, and scene’s like Williams’s, pictured above, will spearhead the show to the front of the movement, while focusing on the “backs” of its characters.
Vulture spoke to Allison about the episode; she revealed that she went to her parents for advice, beforehand, on how to approach filming the scene.
“I got some advice from my parents, because they too are veterans of the show, so their thinking has changed as well,” she said. “Just your regular dinner conversation! We’re changing as a family; it’s lovely.”
Allison also told Entertainment Weekly about the elaborate preparations for the simulated sex act, which reportedly involved Spanx, menstrual pads, and “two of those weird thongs.”
“It’s total TV magic,” she said.
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, Allison’s father, weighed in on the release of the new season’s first episode, in which his daughter, who was recently panned for her performance in Peter Pan Live, was the subject of the indecent act.
During the interview, Williams was asked how he felt about his daughter’s performance in the scene, which aired while Sunday evening’s Golden Globe awards were being hosted in Los Angeles.
“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,” he explained.
Lena Dunham, creator and writer of the series, said that she’s proud of Allison for being a “good sport,” and offered some insight as to how personal something like the aforementioned sex act actually is.
“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,” said Dunham.
Zosia Mamet, who plays Shoshanna Shapiro on the show, said she understands that Dunham and the other writers wouldn’t incorporate anything that’s “uncomfortable or scary” into the script, unless it served a purpose.
“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!” she said.
According to cast member Alex Karpovsky, there’s a sexual revolution evolving this year, and this episode may be a representation of what to expect in the future of television.
“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,” he said.