science fiction movie M3GAN was undoubtedly the first big hit of 2023 as the film grossed $90 million worldwide in the first two weeks of its release. Although some have expressed disappointment at the film’s lack of horror (it took a few reshoots to give it a PG-13 rating), there’s no denying that the film was a huge success.
All of this must feel amazing for Allison Williams, who stars in the film (as Gemma) and is taking on the role of executive producer for the first time. Despite her success with her role, continue girl, Williams has only made four films in the nearly six years since the show stopped airing. It turns out she has a good reason for doing this – she takes herself and her job very seriously.
The plot of m3gan, written by Aleka Cooper is sad. When a young girl, Cady, is orphaned after her parents die in a car accident, her aunt Gemma takes her in. Gemma happens to work at a toy company that is developing an artificial doll. She brings home an M3GAN doll for Cady, and the doll quickly becomes a little too clingy.
As M3GAN and Cady form a strong bond, the doll repeatedly vows to protect Cady at all costs. Needless to say, the film is both intense and unsettling.
It can’t be easy acting in a film and producing at the same time, but William’s performance as Gemma was fantastic, and she also garnered plaudits for her production skills. The offer to serve as executive producer came in 2019 as Williams was finalizing the details of her deal for M3GAN. She accepted and immediately got involved with everything she could: casting, script clearances, even rights clearances for the props they had used on screen.
“It’s been nice to be able to be invested in the way I naturally want to be in something — which is fully invested,” Williams said recently Wired Interview. She joked that the team assumed she didn’t want to know things like the toy brands approved for use in the film, but they were “madly wrong.” She also took an active role in promoting the film and noted that she felt fulfilled upon seeing the film M3GAN Memes and GIFs online.
It’s clear Williams was excited about her new title as executive producer. And now that she’s, in her words, “tasted the poison fruit” of making those behind-the-scenes decisions in a movie, it feels different for her to be “just” an actor. Hopefully there will be more opportunities for her to serve as a producer in the future. If so, there’s no doubt that she’ll do fantastic work again.
since the end Girl, Williams has acted in four films: Out, the perfection, horizon line, and of course, M3GAN. She’s certainly successful and well-known enough to have done more, but her reasons for deciding against it are the same reasons she’s been so successful as an executive producer M3GAN: She takes her roles seriously and immerses herself fully in her projects.
Then she continues to play the role of Marnie Girl, Well-intentioned but very privileged, Williams also tended to take on roles that push her out of her comfort zone. Like Marnie, Williams was privileged and dubbed a “Nepo baby” (her parents are news anchor Brian Williams and producer Jane Stoddard) and took on films like Get out allowed her to face her privilege. In doing so, she also proved to the world that she is as real as it gets.