Allison Williams is no stranger to dealing with the media. The actor is the daughter of Brian Williams, a famous NBC news anchor. Allison endured some bad press a few years ago when the media reported that her famous father was telling a pretty big lie. How did they Get out Star reacts to her father’s deception?
Allison is currently promoting M3GAN, a horror film about a killer doll. The 34-year-old plays a roboticist who gives her orphaned niece M3GAN, an AI doll trained to be her best friend. Things start to go wrong when the doll takes her duties as a friend and protector too seriously and starts putting down anyone who gets in her way. So far, the horror is receiving rave reviews, with one
Allison’s famous father came under fire when it was revealed he lied on the air about being shot down by a helicopter during a trip to Iraq. The news anchor received a six-month suspension but returned to the network and stayed until 2021.
The perfection star also caught some of the backlash and had to ask questions about the drama. “It was tough,” Allison said during a performance at the 92Y in New York City, per E! News. “Of course, the hardest for my father, who bears full responsibility for it.”
Allison said she still trusts her father, telling fans, “He’s a really good man. He’s an honest man. He’s an honest man. He has so much integrity. He cares so much about journalism.”
Brian isn’t the only journalist in the family. Allison’s mother is Jane Stoddard-Williams, a broadcaster and journalist who currently hosts the weekly radio show Bloomberg EDU.
With parents like that, it’s no surprise that Allison was the target of “nepo-baby” conversations that arose when discussing those in the entertainment industry. Many of Hollywood’s biggest stars have parents and family members who are famous actors, directors, writers, or other high-profile figures in the industry.
Notable examples of Nepo babies include Maude Apatow (daughter of comedy writer-director Judd Apatow and actor Leslie Mann), Zoë Kravitz (her parents are actress Lisa Bonet and rock star Lenny Kravitz), John David Washington (son of Denzel Washington) and Jack Quaid (his parents are Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid).
Unlike many of her Nepo Baby contemporaries, Allison is quite willing to identify herself as Nepo Baby. She has admitted that her father’s fame meant she had an easier time breaking into the entertainment industry.
“All people are looking for is an acknowledgment that there is no level playing field,” Allison told Vulture. “It’s just unfair. Period, end of story, and nobody really works that hard to make it fair. Not recognizing that starting out as an actress isn’t the same as someone with no connections — it’s ridiculous.”
“It doesn’t take away from the work I’ve done. It just means it’s not that much fun to cheer for,” Allison laughed.