An astounding 25 years after the remake of “Father of the Bride” hit screens, Kimberly Williams-Paisley is reminiscing on the starring role that changed her life.
In an open essay shared to ABC News, the 45-year-old actress, who starred in the hit film alongside Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Martin Short, explains people’s connection to the heartfelt drama, while also recounting one of her most terrifying moments on screen.
“Almost every day, people tell me that ‘Father of the Bride’ is part of their history,” Williams-Paisley says. “Fathers see the film with their daughters, and weep over memories of long-ago backyard basketball scrimmages. Brides watch it as a rite of passage before their wedding day.”
“‘Father of the Bride’ began a thrilling and terrifying metamorphosis for me, as I left behind the last remnants of my childhood and became an adult,” the actress adds. She goes on to recall that “stinkin’ blender scene”, which saw her character Annie break down in tears over receiving a blender as a wedding gift.
Williams-Paisley says that when it came time to shoot the scene, she was unable to conjure up the tears. “As the cameras rolled, Steve and I did the first half of the scene,” she recalls. “Then we did it again. And again. For hours, thirty to forty times, he knocked on that door. ‘Annie? Can I come in?'”
By about the “50th time”, the actress says that she was feeling like such “a terrible actress” that she suddenly began to sob. “By then, I believed the advice Steve had given me on my first day on set: ‘Welcome to Hollywood. You’re going to need a good therapist.'”
In her essay, the actress also notes that her role in the now cult classic actually led her to meet her husband, country music star Brad Paisley, who, “sixteen years ago… woke up on his tour bus one morning thinking of ‘the girl in that movie’ and set out to find” her.