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Marnie Michaels is the perfect example of a privileged, young white woman who lacks the self-awareness needed to understand when it is and is not appropriate to offer her opinion. Throughout “Girls,” she constantly attempts to mother her friends, however, her need to always be right often casts her in a comical, cringey light. If “Girls” were to air today, Marnie would definitely be the highly woke white woman with a bad habit of virtue-signaling online without ever really doing anything to create positive change. 

Many of Marnie’s traits are similar to Rose Armitage in “Get Out.” Like Marnie, Rose operates under a false veneer of self-awareness, reassuring her boyfriend Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) that her family will not care that he’s Black. However, as fans of the film know, Rose is actually pretty racist (to a terrifying degree), helping her parents capture and enslave Black people through manipulation and mind control. 

In a recent interview for The Guardian, Williams talked about how she channeled parts of her “Girls” character for her role in “Get Out.” After explaining how many people thought Williams was actually like Marnie in real life, she says, “I learned that this element of Marnie-ness that I was having so much trouble shaking was something that I could actually use and weaponise and have fun with.” So she took that “Marnie-ness” and used it to develop Rose. “It was so cathartic after years of people being like, that’s who you are, that’s who you are, that’s who you are, I was like OK, you know who else that is? That could also be the most evil person that’s ever lived,” she says. 

On the surface, “Girls” may not be a horror show, but its narcissistic characters certainly make for great horror inspiration. 

/Film – ‘Slash Film: Allison Williams Channeled Elements Of Her Girls Character For Jordan Peele’s Get Out’
Author: Miyako Pleines
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January 25, 2023

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