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Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Kimberly Williams-Paisley


9/14/1971, Rye, New York, USA

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Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Kimberly Williams Paisley, Kimberly Williams
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Kimberly Williams was born on September 14, 1971 in Rye, New York to parents Gurney, a freelance medical journalist, and Linda, a fund-raiser. Kimberly has two younger siblings: Jay, a camera assistant, Torrence, California firefighter, and Ashley , also an actress.

She has been in show business since…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2006, Kimberly Won a Vision Award in the Heartland Film Festival for her work in the short movie Shade (2006)

    • In 2006, Kimberly Won a Crystal Heart Award in the Heartland Film Festival in the  in the category of Dramatic Short Film for her work, as actress and director, in the short movie Shade (2006).

    • In 1992, Kimberly was nominated for a MTV Movie Award in the category of Best Breakthrough Performance for her role in the movie Father of the Bride (1991) .

    • In 2011, Kimberly was nominated for a Grace Award in the MovieGuide Awards in the category of Most Inspiring Television Acting for her role in the TV movie Amish Grace (2010).

    • In 1997, Kimberly was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama for her role in the TV series Relativity.

    • In 2006, Kimberly won a Director's Choice Award in the Sedona International Film Festival in the category of Outstanding Acting & Directing for her work, as actress and director, in the short movie Shade (2006).

    • Kimberly has a younger sister, Ashley, and brother, Jay. Both also working in show business, with Ashley being an actress as well.

    • Kimberly's parents are Gurney Williams, a freelance medical journalist, and Linda Williams, a fundraiser.

    • Kimberly is the voice of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in The Word of Promise, a dramatized audio book of the New Testament released by Thomas Nelson in October of 2007.

    • Kimberly was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, in May 2007.

    • Kimberly and Brad Paisley had a son born on February 22, 2007 at 5:00am.

    • Kimberly appears in Brad's music video "Little Moments". This song is also loosely based on their relationship.

    • Kimberly appears the music video "I'm Gonna Miss Her" by Brad Paisley.

    • In 1996, Kimberly appeared in television ads for Hallmark Cards.

    • Kimberly is actively involved with the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research, St. Jude Hospital and the XP Foundation.

    • When Kimberly was a child, she had an imaginary friend named "Joshua".

    • Kimberly has created a 13-minute short movie titled "Shade" about a young woman who suffers from a rare genetic condition called Xeroderma Pigmentosum which prevents the person from being able to be in sunlight. Kimberly wrote, directed and played the lead character. Her husband Brad produced the music.

    • Kimberly and Brad were fostering a rescue dog named Sonic last march.

    • August 2005, Kimberly and her husband Brad got a male Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that they named Holler.

    • Kimberly went to Europe for the first time after shooting the movie "Father of the Bride". There she traveled alone through Germany, France and Ireland.

    • Kimberly is a sleep walker.

    • Kimberly can touch her tongue to her nose.

    • When Kimberly moved to LA she got a cockatiel and named him Louis. Louis was renamed Louise later, after she started laying eggs. In the end, Kimberly had to give her away cause she was difficult to take care of.

    • Kimberly is alergic to cats and dogs.

    • While she was a kid, Kimberly had a blue parakeet, snakes, mice, and guinea pigs.

    • Kimberly has a unibrow. She is dealing with that problem since College.

    • Kimberly has a sister Ashley Williams & brother Jay Williams. Her sister Ashley is also an actress.

    • Kimberly took on her husband's name to differentiate herself from Playboy star Kimberly Williams.

    • Kimberly won a 2006 Director's Choice Award for Outstanding Directing & Acting for short movie Shade (2006.)

    • 1997. Kimberly was nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama, for "Relativity" (1996) at Golden Satellite Award.

    • Kimberly was nominated for Best Breakthrough Performance for Father of the Bride (1991) at MTV Movie Award.

    • She is 5'5" (or 165 cm) tall.

    • Kimberly's wedding was featured in the February 2004 issue of In Style Magazine.

    • She was a member of Alpha Phi sorority at Northwestern University.

    • Kimberly graduated Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

    • Kimberly dated tennis star Pete Sampras from 1997 to 1999.

    • Brad and Kimberly had a surprise wedding! They invited everyone to a rehearsal and when Kimberly got to the altar she shed her coat and was in a wedding dress. The two proceeded to get married as a surprise to all the guests!

    • Her husband Brad Paisley originally saw her in 'Father of the Bride' with a woman he was dating at the time. It was during that movie that he first developed his crush on her, he's known to say.

  • Quotes

    • Kimberly: (on actors she feels she can learn from) Robert Downey Jr.—every time I see him I marvel at what he can do. I think he's brilliant. Johnny Depp is another one I learn from watching. I really admire people like that who are constantly taking risks and are kind of all over the place.

    • Kimberly: (on other actors she would like do direct) There are so many talented actors out there. I love Ellen Page who was in Juno. She is wonderful. Meryl Streep is someone I've always wanted to work with. It doesn't get any better than her. She never hits a false note; she always finds something. I think Nicole Kidman would be wonderful. I loved her in To Die For and thought she was brilliant in that movie, and then she can also do something like Moulin Rouge. She has an impressive range.

    • Kimberly: (on directors she would like to work with) Diane Keaton—I got to act with her in a couple of movies, and I appreciate her directing. I would like to work with her as a director because I think she's so artistic. I'd love to work with Clint Eastwood. I also like the way he runs his sets. He handpicks everybody. It's run like a well-oiled machine. Everyone shows up, and they know what they're doing. They get it done, and they go home.

    • Kimberly: (on how being a mother change the projects she decides to do) I'm more discerning now, and I definitely have to feel something for the role, whatever role it is. And if I don't feel there's a purpose to telling this story or a reason for me to play this character that's bigger than myself, then I'm not going to do it. I'd rather be with my kids. That's why I've been dragging my feet. It has to hit me hard that this is the right project before I pick up and leave.

    • Kimberly: (on doing the TV series According to Jim) I love to do physical comedy, and I was delighted when one day all the writers were around and Jim Belushi winked at me to try it out on them, and so I did a little pratfall thing, and they cracked up. I did this little bit and did a little improvised thing to show them what I could do. From then on, they wrote physical comedy for me, and it was so fun. I just love doing that. In college I had a teacher who said, "Comedy is like a smile on the back of your head," and I understood that.

    • Kimberly: (on how she got the part in the movie The Father of the Bride) I was in college and had told my agent in New York that I just wanted to be in college; I didn't want to act right now. And then she told me about this audition, and I thought well I don't want to do this, but I'll see if I can figure out the "EL" train and give it a shot. So I went in to audition, and once I was there I got excited about it. They flew me out to L.A. to read with Steve Martin, and this was in the middle of classes, so it was very inconvenient. And then I came back, having put everything on hold to fly out to L.A. and do it, and they said you didn't get the part. And I said, OK, fine, good, you've made my decision for me. I'm leaving acting, and I'm going to go and become a journalist. I literally went to the journalism school at Northwestern and looked ahead at a stack of papers about internships I could do for the following summer and go work at some newspaper. And then my agent called back and said they want you to come back to L.A. and screen test. And I said, I'm busy! I'm a writer now. But they said, nah, you need to be in L.A.

    • Kimberly: (on filming the movie Father of the Bride) It was the long hours. Films can tend to be exhausting just in terms of the amount of time it takes to shoot. That's kind of why I like guerrilla filmmaking. I love independent filmmaking where you're lucky if you don't lose the location before you're done shooting. On very big-budget Hollywood movies, you'd be shocked at the amount of time spent on the shortest little things. It's so hard to keep your energy up when you've got sixteen-hour days back to back to back. And that was the hardest thing then, because I got very sick at one point. They got a hotel room for me right next to the set, and whenever I had a break, I'd go fall asleep. I was really ill.

    • Kimberly: (on maintaining a character overtime) Sometimes it's easier than other times. If it's a comedy, it's a whole other ballgame. It's about getting the laugh, ultimately, it's not really about delving into heavy drama. It's more like a math formula. You have to figure out when to hit a joke on the head, and when to underplay it.

    • Kimberly: (on what she looks for in a script) Usually I'm drawn to the story. But there also has to be some part of me that understands the character on a basic level. It's hard for me if it's somebody totally unlike me. I just did this movie called Amish Grace for Lifetime Movie Network. I'm certainly not Amish, but she was a mom, and she lost her children. I can relate to her as a mother. That's how I came into that character and discovered who she was. I do my research, and I try to learn as much as I possibly can about who this person is.

    • Kimberly: (on auditions) It's awful. I don't audition very well either, so I'm lucky when I get the part. I'm floored! My really good work happens when I'm there and I already have the job, and I don't have to prove myself. It's really hard to be able to be honest and vulnerable and brave when you're also trying to prove yourself and also trying to show that you want this part and you should have this part. They're no fun at all.

    • Kimberly: (on dressing up and acting) There is a great freedom in that. It's kind of like putting on a mask. I took a mask class once and loved it. It was freeing to put on a mask and just go and be somebody else for a while. You don't see yourself; you see everybody else. Knowing that your face is covered, for me, is really freeing

    • Kimberly: (on her interest in theater as she was growing up) It was an event; it was so exciting! It was dark, and it was like going into another world with a bright story or event that was happening. I loved the sets too. It's that other-world feel and excitement, and I was always drawn to that.

    • Kimberly: I love to be able to do something positive with what celebrity I have. I like to be able to make it about something bigger than me; if I can help in some way, I'm happy to do that.

    • Kimberly: What I love is Mexican hot chocolate, like a spicy hot chocolate - adding cayenne pepper to the Hershey's cocoa and making a spicy-sweet treat.

    • Kimberly: The infant mortality rates are insanely high. The obesity epidemic is on the rise. It is all related.

    • Kimberly: I need to go to my yoga class - I love hot yoga!

    • Kimberly: I am obsessed with kale. I make kale salads and kale chips, and I think it's so yummy.

    • Kimberly: I don't do very well with extremes of any kind - extreme diets, extreme fitness - so moderation makes a lot of sense, and Hershey's has really great portion-friendly desserts to help people incorporate treats into their lifestyles so they don't feel like they're depriving themselves and are still living a balanced life.

    • Kimberly: Always enjoy the ride, because you don't know where it's going, but it's going to be all right.

    • Kimberly: It's crucial to motivate your guy while not hurting his feelings.

    • Kimberly: When I look at my career, I can say, "I'm so glad I have this career because it means I can help these people in this way or I can create awareness or whatever I can do." That's when I'm even more thankful that people know who I am.

    • Kimberly: Never underestimate a man's ability to rationalize away a mess.

    • Kimberly: He proposed right in front of the public rest rooms. Just after I said yes to his proposal, a man in one of the stalls flushed the toilet. This is a picture of one of the happiest moments of my life. It is perfect. (talking about proposal)

    • Kimberly: I've noticed that people aren't as interested in poring over my wedding album as I am. Not only that, but some of what I consider to be average pictures get a great reaction, while some of my best ones go by without getting so much as a grunt. Maybe it's because they aren't half as interesting as the memories they conjure up in my head. (about her wedding pictures)

    • Kimberly: I've heard that the first year is the hardest for many couples, so I must be crazy to chronicle my experience for the entire world to read. after a wedding

    • Kimberly: I thought, I can always tell my grandchildren that I was in the same room with Steve Martin. (about a time she flew to Hollywood for "Father of the Bride" tryout)

    • Kimberly: I didn't want anyone comparing our wedding to the one in the movie.

    • Kimberly: I wanted a baby. Brad gave me a dog. We're both really busy so it's not the right time yet. But we're going to have a family sooner or later.

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  • Great woman.

    Great actor.Funny. Happy for her and Brad.
  • Kim you are a true 10; good job Brad!

    Kim you are a true 10, good job Brad! Well since reviews have to be 100 words long I guess I have to say more. I really only watch "According to Jim" because you are in it, and that Father and the Bride was a great movie that I originally saw when I was I in 5th grade (you were a 10 then too). Anyways I wish the best for you and your family in the future and look forward to anything you do. Damn only 84 words; um I don't know what else to say; lets recap you are a 10, married to Brad Paisley, were amazing in Father of the Bride and I wish you and your family the best in the future.moreless