Most recently seen in Fox 2000 feature Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Trip with Jason Lee and Tony Hale, Williams-Paisley has been starring in film, television and theater for over twenty-five years.
Williams-Paisley first lit up the screen as the radiant young bride in the comedy feature film series Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II. Other film and then television parts followed, including a co-starring role as Dana on the ABC TV comedy series According to Jim. By the time that series concluded it’s impressive eight-season run, Williams-Paisley had fully evolved in her role opposite Jim Belushi and Courtney-Thorne Smith, increasing her involvement in the production by directing three episodes of the show.
She went on to star in such films as How to Eat Fried Worms, the film adaptation of the popular young children’s book opposite Tom Cavanagh; the Warner Bros feature We are Marshall for director McG,opposite Matthew McConaughey; and the indie film Undiscovered Gyrl, with Christian Slater and Martin Sheen.
On television she starred in Amish Grace, the story of the Amish schoolhouse massacre for the Lifetime Network, which debuted as the networks’ highest-rated movie of the week at the time. She recurred for two seasons on the hit ABC TV drama Nashville as the mysterious Peggy Kenter, and had a recurring role on CBS’s Two and a Half Men, opposite Jon Cryer.
She also starred in the ABC Family Network’s Lucky Seven, and the Lifetime Movie Network original feature Identity Theft, serving on both as Co-Producer. She co-starred in The Christmas Shoes for The CBS Network, in ABC’s Relativity, in the NBC mini-series The Tenth Kingdom and in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film, Follow the Stars Home.
Williams-Paisley made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-Winning The Last Night of Ballyhoo and has appeared on stage in The Vagina Monologues, in NY and LA,and in All in the Timing at the Geffen Playhouse. She also performed on London’s West End in David Mamet’s Speed the Plow, opposite Mark Strong and Patrick Marber.
In addition to her acting work, Williams-Paisley is an accomplished writer. Her first full-length book,Where The Light Gets In, was born out of an essay she wrote for Redbook magazine in 2014 called “Is My Mother Gone?” The piece chronicled the impact her mother’s dementia had on her and her family, and created such national attention that she decided to delve deeper with a memoir. Through her work, she has become a spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Association, speaking at various fundraisers and events throughout the country in the last couple of years.
In the past, Williams-Paisley has also published articles for In Style and New You magazines, as well as a year-long column for Redbook entitled “My Life as a New Wife“. She and her father Gurney Williams co-authored the children’s book, Henry and the Hidden Veggie Garden, and she wrote a chapter for the Zondervan-published book The Mother and Child Project: Raising Our Voices for Health and Hope, a project to help support the health of mothers and children around the globe.
In other charitable work, Williams-Paisley hosted the critically-acclaimed series, NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis for Nashville Public Television. The program won a Midsouth Regional Emmy for its excellence in documentaries in the Community Service Category. She is also actively involved with JP/HRO, a Haitian relief organization, which is currently working to improve the lives of the people of Port-Au-Prince. She is also a member of the Entertainment Council for Feeding America, a Nashville Zoo Board member, and a supporter of various animal rescue organizations.