Zelda Williams Reveals The Best Acting Advice Robin Gave Her

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Zelda Williams and father Robin Williams at the "Old Dogs" World Premiere, El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, CA. 11-09-09 (s_bukley / Shutterstock.com)

Zelda Williams took her father Robin’s acting advice to heart to bring her new TV movie Shrimp into production.

“As an actor it’s very different from the rest of it but it was always, you know, be kind, work very hard, and I think the concept of ego has kind of taken over for a lot of people in our industry where they think what they’re presenting has to be a particular thing for them. And truthfully, you’re not your audience so all that self-consciousness and all that — it gets in the way of you actually just being the best thing in whatever thing that you’re doing,” she told Entertainment Tonight at the Tribeca TV Festival.

Zelda will star in the upcoming TV movie. But, she also directed, produced and wrote the project. Shrimp “explores the strange, interwoven and often hilarious daily lives of women and men who work and play in a Los Angeles BDSM den,” according to IMDb.

“The reason I made it at all is I was actually mistaken for a dominatrix in a bar and I was curious as to why,” she explained. “I didn’t know what had reminded him of them in me. So I went into a den and I asked them if I could shadow and I ended up shadowing in a den for a couple months to write this.”

Zelda continues to honor her father’s legacy and shared motivating words on Instagram.

“Thank you for loving him. Thank you for supporting him and his life’s work. Thank you for missing him. I do too,” she wrote on Instagram.

Robin Williams died by suicide in August 2014.