Zelda Williams opens up about coping with the death of her father Robin Williams in an interview with Chelsea Handler.’ In her first ever talk show appearance, the actress and director spoke about her life in the aftermath of the comedy legend’s passing.
The 27-year-old actress and director spoke out on Chelsea Handler’s eponymous Netflix talk show near the second anniversary of the August 11, 2014 death by suicide of Robin Williams. She reminisced about her father, saying, “I didn’t really grow up in the spotlight — we lived in San Francisco — so for me, we were already kind of together and close.”
She went on to talk about how she coped with the death of her 63-year-old father, and said, “OK, well, today I’m going to wake up and love what I do and then tomorrow I’m going to wake up and be happy and love what I do, and then the next day… because that’s all you can do.”
She went on to reveal that people didn’t understand her manner of grieving. She said, “For a while, no one would let me do anything. I think there’s that reaction of, ‘oh s–t — are you OK?’ And even if you are OK, they’re like, ‘but what’s wrong?”
Continuing, she said, “So for a while I was left to my own devices and a lot of great stuff came out of that. I ended up writing 12 scripts, which is great, but then you’re like, “Is there something wrong with me?”
She quipped, “And also I didn’t see daylight for a while,” and drew laughter from the studio audience. Continuing, she went on to say, “So now I’m doing a more of that. I’ve been working really hard and it’s been nice because you get to not sit with yourself for too long.”
In a previous interview, she shared with EW what she believed her father would think of her life now. She said, “He missed out on me being proud of myself by about a year and a half, and that’s the one thing that’s really sad for me, because I know he was always proud of me…I think he would’ve loved that I was happy.”
And, life has gone on for her, as she is among the co-stars of the horror TV series ‘Dead of Summer’ on Freeform. She’s also in the upcoming movie on ‘Girl in the Box’ on Lifetime.
Prior to the second anniversary of Robin Williams’ death, Zelda Williams had taken a break from social media and upon her return, she posted a photo to Instagram (which you can see below). She said in part, “I will always be grateful for all the love the world had and continues to have for dad, but for obvious reasons, it’s sometimes harder to be the sort of surviving public vessel for receiving those sentiments, and one often expected to somehow flawlessly express them back.”
You can see a clip of Zelda Williams’ interview below, as she opens up about Robin Williams’ death.