(At other times it just seems really, really —and the fact that it’s off-putting may reflect more poorly on the viewer than on the character.)And then there’s what goes unspoken. Obviously I will have a lot of great loves in my life.” It just never crops up between these two characters. It’s interesting, because that means, in a way, even if you’re not trying to be political, you kind of are.”Later, she adds: “In a way, that’s kind of what it can mean to be black.”We spoke more about her feelings on that incident, about making I’m really tall, so I loved that this movie is about an unusually tall woman. You left at the beginning of last summer, arguably when things really started to go haywire with the 2016 election.

Jessica and Boone are opposites: He’s as self-deprecating and gibbering as she is self-assured and unnervingly direct. “What I loved about Jessica,” says Williams, “is that she’s a black woman, and that is part of her identity. They fought for me to be able to stand up here in the cold-ass snow in front of a bunch of white people wearing Uggs”); then for publicly tussling with Salma Hayek over matters of intersectional feminism at a lunch for women in Hollywood (Hayek’s position: reject victimhood; Williams’s position: for certain women—black and trans women in particular—“it’s not so simple”).“Race affects everything that I do, and everything that I create speaks to intersectionality,” Williams explains when I ask whether the film’s handling of interracial dating connects to the point she was trying to make at Sundance. Have there been moments since then when you’ve felt pangs of: I wish I could get back into the satirical news game?

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I chose to wear my hair in braids, before cutting it to little more than peach fuzz.

Neither of these hairstyles created a look reminiscent of “the average girl from the video” or those on magazine covers.

“And I also think it’s really progressive not to address it at all.”I’m sitting with the actress—in person, she’s arrestingly tall and pretty—in a midtown New York hotel room, discussing her latest project, Jim Strouse’s . It’s just sort of this process: sitting in this hotel, talking to f*cking .

In the new film, she plays the titular character, a 25-year-old theater geek who runs a drama program for New York City public school kids and aspires to playwriting glory. I hate to bring up a sore subject, but it was just announced that Comedy Central isn’t moving forward with the pilot you were developing with comedian Naomi Ekperigin.

Despite increased visibility, there is still a lot missing from the conversation on interracial relationships.

That's why we gathered seven of our most insightful stories surrounding interracial relationships.They go on a terrible first date that turns into a tentative, maybe-not-so-terrible romance. Your character operates with this intense self-confidence. In anticipation of meeting you, I was re-reading the story that came out about the Sundance lunch where you got into it with Salma Hayek. And then pull myself up, dust my f*cking outfit off, and get out there. From this premise springs a quiet, goofy rom-com about learning to recognize the good things that are right in front of your nose. It raises the question: Is she some prototypically self-absorbed millennial? I think there’s something to the millennial sentiment of being, like, I’m great. Did that experience teach you any lessons about Hollywood that you didn’t already know? I was in a really vulnerable position in that room, and I really felt the need to express myself at this massive table. In the film there’s this scene where Jessica James meets the Tony-winning playwright Sarah Jones and asks her: How do you know when you’ve made it? I think my answer’s more like Sarah’s, where it’s like: Oh sh*t? Maybe this seems cold, especially in relation to romantic relationships, but this theory asks us to think about the costs and benefits of relationships.It posits that we keep relationships in which their benefits out weigh their costs.(This is not to suggest that these relationships remain at a superficial level.) Given this standard, who would be attracted to me?