Girls star Allison Williams isn’t exactly like her character … at all.

People reports that Allison spoke to Company magazine about Marnie, public masturbation, and the show’s success.

When discussing her character, Allison said, "We're really different. I've known I wanted to be an actress since I was 4, but Marnie still has no idea what she wants. But I'm so in her corner, even when she's wrong. In Season 2, Marnie goes through some real downs. I was shocked at how emotionally drained I felt from that."

But how does she feel when Marnie does things that are more, er, unexpected, such as masturbate in a public restroom? “There were moments reading the script that I thought, 'WOW, okay!' It's the most private thing anyone can do, but being an actress can make you feel vulnerable.”

So other than making very private things public, why does Allison think that Girls has been so successful?

“There is nothing alienating or too hipster about it. We're not dating handsome boys. They're weird. We don't have jobs you dream about. In fact, not all of us have jobs. It feels accessible. And the relationship between the girls is brilliant. It's like a digital time capsule – people will watch it in 20 years time, and it will sum up a certain generation,” Allison said.

Do you agree? Does Girls, more or less, define a generation?

Source: People