On the two-year anniversary of the tragic death of beloved actor and comedian, Robin Williams, his daughter, Zelda, revealed how she copes with the passing of her father.
Today reported on an interview with Zelda, conducted by Chelsea Handler, in which Zelda speaks candidly about her grief.
“I just kept going, ‘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.”
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Zelda explained that those close to her didn’t understand her coping methods. Everyone deals with grief in different ways, but her loved ones did not seem to understand her behavior.
“It was very funny because for a while, no one would let me do anything. I think there’s that reaction of like, ‘Oh, s—, are you OK?’ And then even if you are OK, they’re like, ‘Well, what’s wrong?’ And so for a while, I was just kind of left to my own devices.”
As an actress, there was very little time during her grieving period in which she could mourn Robin’s death in peace. At one time, Zelda said, someone on Twitter was cruel enough to send her digitally altered pictures of her father’s dead body.
She slipped under the radar for a while, and she used that time to write several scripts. She admitted that, even though she “didn’t see daylight for a while,” she was proud of the work she did.
Entertainment Weekly mentioned how Zelda explained her relationship with her father.
“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,” Williams, 27, says of her bond with her father in a new interview with Chelsea Handler.
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Zelda displayed a small spark of the late Robin Williams in her own sense of humor, which earned warm laughter from the viewers.
“But then also you’re like, ‘Is there something wrong with me?’ And also, I didn’t see daylight for awhile. So now I’m doing a lot more of that.”
Lately, Zelda has done some incredible work. She portrays an insane kidnapper in the television program Girl in the Box, and a transgender character in the show Dead of Summer. She also got a taste of doing a voiceover for an animated character, and she had a blast with it.
“Cartoons make kids happy and that’s a great feeling.”
Zelda is glad to be busy, even though she still misses her father.
“I’ve been working really hard, and it’s been nice because you get to not sit with yourself for too long.”
In an interview prior to this one, she revealed her thoughts on how her father might feel about her life.
“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.”
While Zelda continues to grieve for her father, she also works hard to keep his memory alive. She keeps up with charities and organizations that were dear to Robin, and she makes donations to them in his name.
Robin Williams was wise and had a big heart, and his death is a tragedy, but it seems that a big part of him lives on in Zelda.
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