Zelda Williams

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Zelda Williams
Zelda Williams.jpg
Williams in 2011
Born (1989-07-31) July 31, 1989 (age 32)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • director
  • producer
  • writer
Years active1994 (1994)–present
Parents

Zelda Rae Williams (born July 31, 1989)[1][2] is an American actress, director, producer and writer. She is the daughter of late actor and comedian Robin Williams and film producer Marsha Garces Williams.

Early life[edit]

Zelda was born in New York City[3] to Robin Williams and his second wife, Marsha.[4] She was born 10 days after her father's 38th birthday. Her father stated that he named her after Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda video game series.[5][6][7][8] Her mother is of Filipino and Finnish descent.[9][10] Zelda, the older of Williams's children by his second wife, has a younger brother, Cody, and an older half-brother, Zachary Pym "Zak" Williams.[11]

Career[edit]

She made her acting debut at age 5. At 15, Williams acted in the 2004 film House of D opposite her father and actor Anton Yelchin as the latter's young first love, Melissa Loggia.[4]

In June 2011, both she and her father were featured in a television commercial for the Nintendo 3DS game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.[12] On October 25, 2011, she was the special guest host at the London Zelda Symphony Concert at the Hammersmith Apollo, marking the 25th anniversary of the Zelda Series.[13] On November 17, 2011, subscribers to Nintendo emails received an email of her and her father playing the new game The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii console.[14] She appears in an interview with Nintendo representatives in which she says that one of her favorite things to do in her free time is play Super Smash Bros. Melee with her friends, always playing as the character Sheik.[15] She was also born on the North American release of the original Game Boy. She appeared in People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People issue for 2007.[4] She appears in the Wynter Gordon music video for "Buy My Love"[16] and has a cameo in the Cobra Starship music video "You Make Me Feel", alongside her father.

In 2018, Williams wrote and directed the short film Shrimp, which she also starred in alongside Conor Leslie, Paulina Singer, Frances Fisher, and Jake Abel. The film depicts the lives of dominatrices in a Los Angeles BDSM den. Williams later entered into a deal with Gunpowder & Sky [Wikidata] to develop the short film into a half-hour series.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Williams has described herself as an avid athlete[18][page needed] and video game player, and a fan of her namesake The Legend of Zelda series. She has stated that The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is her favorite game and had voiced support of its release on the 3DS by supporting Operation Moonfall[19] until Nintendo finally announced the game on November 5, 2014.

Williams is bisexual.[20][21]

She dated actor Jackson Heywood from 2013 to 2016.[22]

In February 2021, Williams announced on Twitter that she lives with aphantasia,[23] the inability to voluntarily visualize mental images in her mind’s eye. In the comments, she explained her aphantasia is not only on the visual spectrum, but across multiple senses of the imagination spectrum (auditory, motor, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory imagery). When asked if she could hear sounds or “smell the roses” in her mind, she responded “Nope. Nada. If I smell it again, I can attach it back with a lot of specificity. Taste especially. I can tell when a restaurant has changed its recipe. But do not recall them alone without the stimulus itself.”[24]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Nine Months Little Girl #3 in Ballet Class
2004 House of D Melissa Loggia
2008 Were the World Mine Frankie
2009 Don't Look Up Matya
2010 Luster Victor Curruthers
Detention Sara
See You on the Other Side Zoey Meola Short film
Jezuz Loves Chaztity Chaztity
2011 Stupid Questions Lucy
2012 The Frankenstein Brothers Kelly Martinson Also known as A Beer Tale
Noobz Rickie
2014 Never Nikki [25]
Maddie Moonwater Maddie Short film
2016 Meet Cute Andy
2018 Locating Silver Lake Ella
Shrimp Jess Also director, producer and writer[26]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 In Search of Dr. Seuss Daughter Television film
2012 Checked Out Marissa Main role; 4 episodes
2013, 2014 Teen Wolf Caitlin Recurring role; Episodes "Fireflies" and "Illuminated"[27]
2014 Chaotic Awesome Episode: #1.12
The Legend of Korra Kuvira Recurring voice role; 11 episodes
2015–17 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mona Lisa / Y'Gythgba Recurring voice role; 5 episodes
2016 Dead of Summer Drew Reeves Main role; 10 episodes[28]
Girl in the Box Janice Hooker Television film[29]
2017 Stitchers Zelda Episode: "The Gremlin and the Fixer"[30][31]
Criminal Minds Melissa Miller Episode: "False Flag"
2019 Dark/Web Cheshire Episode: "Chapter Three"; also director, producer and writer[32]
Jane the Virgin Leona Episode: "Chapter Eighty-Seven"
2019–20 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Foot Recruit/Cassandra 'Casey' Jones, Female Barista, Sprite Recurring voice role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2016 King's Quest - Chapter III: Once Upon A Climb Amaya Blackstone [33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Monde, Chiderah. "Robin Williams dead at 63: Actor's daughter Zelda Williams posts heartfelt tribute: 'Only you will have the stars that can laugh'". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  2. ^ "So Jackson Heywood..." Zelda Williams verified Twitter page. July 21, 2014. Archived from the original on December 17, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014. I turn 25 on the 31st.
  3. ^ "Zelda Rae Williams Biography". entertainment.oneindia.in.
  4. ^ a b c "Generation Next: Look Who's Stepping Out of Hollywood's Spectacular Gene Pool". People. 67 (18). New York City: Time Inc. May 7, 2007. p. 164. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  5. ^ "Robin Williams, daughter Zelda star in "The Legend of Zelda" ad (Video)". Archived from the original on February 3, 2012.
  6. ^ "Profile: Robin Williams, actor and comedian". Edinburgh: Johnston Publishing Ltd. September 25, 2010.
  7. ^ Rosenberg, Jared (June 15, 2011). "Ocarina of Time 3D Commercial Stars Robin Williams". Nintendo World Report. Nintendo World Report LLC. Retrieved August 11, 2014. Sourced from "What Links a Hollywood Legend and his daughter to one of the greatest video game franchises of all time?" (Press release). June 15, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  8. ^ "Robin Williams named his daughter after Princess Zelda". Destructoid. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  9. ^ "How Robin Williams remained close to Pinoy family even after divorce with Fil-Am wife". GMA News Online. August 12, 2014.
  10. ^ Giles, Jeff (August 11, 2014). "Robin Williams: Fears of a Clown". The Rolling Stones. Archived from the original on August 13, 2014.
  11. ^ Reid, Joe (October 3, 2015). "Robin Williams' Widow and Children Agree to Settlement of His Estate". Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  12. ^ Ocarina of Time 3D – Robin Williams Commercial. June 15, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  13. ^ Laith, Waquel (October 26, 2011). "Zelda Williams "Hyrule!" Zelda's 25th Anniversary Symphony London". YouTube.
  14. ^ "The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword: Robin & Zelda Williams commercial". via YouTube.
  15. ^ "[E3 2011] Zelda Williams at the Nintendo Booth". via YouTube.
  16. ^ Wynter Gordon - Buy My Love [Official Video] ||| AVAILABLE NOW ON NEON |||, retrieved July 29, 2021
  17. ^ Spangler, Todd (November 9, 2018). "Zelda Williams 'Shrimp' Short About BDSM Scene to Become Half-Hour Series With Gunpowder & Sky". Variety. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  18. ^ Teen Vogue, Young Hollywood Issue interview by Chris Henry[page needed]
  19. ^ Williams, Zelda [@zeldawilliams] (August 20, 2011). "So wanted to tweet one out to the @opmoonfall folks. Majora's Mask is my favorite Zelda game, I'd love a 3D version! #FightOnGuys" (Tweet). Archived from the original on November 30, 2017 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ Levine, Katie (April 2, 2015). "The JV Club #148: Zelda Williams". Nerdist. Archived from the original on January 18, 2018.
  21. ^ Williams, Zelda [@zeldawilliams] (January 13, 2015). "@ReidlosToof As a bi woman, I didn't see it as an 'all women are bi' ending, but a 'some women could be' possibility. But that's me" (Tweet). Archived from the original on April 11, 2016 – via Twitter.
  22. ^ Zelda Williams Live Chat - TORN Tuesdays. March 26, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2016 – via YouTube.
  23. ^ Zelda Williams [@zeldawilliams] (February 16, 2021). "Seems like a lot of folks have questions about aphantasia (the inability to visualize mental images), which I’ve lived with all my life. I personally believe people don’t talk about the drastically different ways we all think often enough, so please, ask away below"(Tweet) – via Twitter.
  24. ^ Zelda Williams [@zeldawilliams] (February 16, 2021). "Nope. Nada. If I smell it again, I can attach it back with a lot of specificity. Taste especially. I can tell when a restaurant has changed its recipe. But do not recall them alone without the stimulus itself."(Tweet) – via Twitter.
  25. ^ Busch, Anita (July 15, 2016). "Zelda Williams' Feature 'Never' Gets August Release Via Indican Pictures". Deadline. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  26. ^ "Zelda Williams exposes the mundane lives of dominatrixes in 'Shrimp'". EW.com. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  27. ^ "Zelda Williams, daughter of Robin Williams, joins Teen Wolf season 3". Hypable. January 15, 2013. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  28. ^ "Zelda Williams on 'Dead of Summer,' her transgender character, and her father, Robin Williams". EW.com. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  29. ^ "Zelda Williams is a maniacal abductress in 'Girl in the Box' trailer - exclusive". EW.com. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  30. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Zelda Williams Gets Her Flirt On In 'Stitchers' Sneak Peek | Entertainment Tonight". www.etonline.com. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  31. ^ Stitchers feat. Zelda Williams is TONIGHT, retrieved July 23, 2021
  32. ^ "Dark/Web Trailer Reveals Amazon's Terrifying Tech Age Anthology Series". Collider. July 11, 2019. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  33. ^ "King's Quest cast includes Back to the Future's Christopher Lloyd, Zelda Williams - watch". VG247. May 11, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2021.

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