I’ve said before that Allison Williams and Marnie from Girls are basically the same person, but as it turns out there’s a healthy dose of Tracy Flick in there, too. Williams is on the cover of next month’s Glamour magazine, and in the accompanying interview she discusses how she’s always been an overly ambitious go-getter who’s wanted to be an actress since her teen years — drawing comparisons to Reese Witherspoon’s famous Election character:
You once said, “The idea of a young girl who knows exactly what she wants with her life is the most threatening and unappealing thing you can imagine.” Were you talking about that stereotype of, say, Tracy Flick in Election, the hardworking, confident girl everyone resents because she has the gall to take herself seriously?
Totally. Lena [Dunham] says “Tracy” a lot when she’s directing me—that’s Marnie’s thing. One aspect of Tina Fey’s genius is in Mean Girls, when someone says to Lindsay Lohan’s character, “You’re, like, really pretty.” She says, “Thank you.” The other girl says, “So you agree? You think you’re really pretty?” Like you’re not supposed to like yourself. You’re not supposed to be confident.
I guess that makes sense. Yet somehow I love the character of Tracy Flick about equally as proportionate to how much I absolutely loathe the character of Marine Michaels. Also, if the two ever came head to head, Tracy would f*cking CRUSH Marnie.