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Getting to Know Alison Oliver, Star of Your New Favorite Show Conversations With Friends

Was there a movie or a TV show growing up that you were obsessed with?

There was this movie I used to watch when I was, like, 14 called Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging. I related to it so much. It’s a proper teen film, but I honestly think I’ve watched that film maybe 20 times because it’s just so good.

How did you celebrate when you got the role of Frances? 

It was actually kind of confidential when I got told, so I wasn’t able to scream it from the rooftops. I just rang all my family separately and that took up about four hours in total of speaking to all of them. And then because I couldn’t really tell anyone else, my sister ordered me Domino’s.

That’s amazing. What kind of pizza do you like?

I am a Margherita kind of person. I love pizza so much that I don’t want toppings to get in the way of the pizza.

Did you have any superstitions while you were filming, or any habits before a scene?

I would often usually always refer to the book before a scene. I’d always have a look to see how it’s described in the book because the book is everything that’s going on in Frances’s brain—almost like her diary. In terms of, like, superstitions, this is kind of nerdy but I always slept with the book underneath my pillow.

Really?

I did it all the time. I don’t know why I did it, but that was something that I got into a habit of. Maybe I worried if I didn’t do it…I don’t know, but that was something I did quite a bit.

I hope you had a good cushiony pillow on top of it though.

I did actually. It was a lovely, lovely cushion.

What is your favorite part of Frances’s look in the series?

I love how they never put makeup on me or really not that much. She isn’t massively glamorous, and I actually really quite liked how rooted and grounded that felt and looked. I think that’s great to see. It’s not something she puts massive value or effort into. She’s self-conscious, but she’s also not obsessing over makeup, her hair, and things like that. I really liked her plainness or stripped-backness. I think it was cool. She could be kind of blotchy and I liked that. 

Bobbi (Sasha Lane), Nick (Joe Alwyn), Frances (Alison Oliver), and Melissa (Jemima Kirke)

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