When legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams took his life in August 2014 at age 63, people all over the world couldn’t help but wonder: Why?
But in her first public interview since her dad’s death, Zelda Williams insists there’s “no point” asking what drove him to that point.
“There’s no point questioning it and no point blaming anyone for it and there’s no point blaming yourself or the world or whatever the case may be, because it happened and you have to continue to move and you have to continue to live and manage,” Zelda told NBC’s “Today” show.
Instead, Zelda said she is focused on continuing her dad’s charitable work, which was so near and dear to his heart. On Friday (February 27) she’ll present a Noble Award honoring Robin’s work with the Challenged Athletes Foundation. “He’s done charity for as long as he had the wherewithal and the ability to do it," she said. “That was what his favorite thing, other than comedy, really was.”
Zelda also spoke candidly about dealing with her dad’s death, admitting that “it’s going to take a lot of work to allow myself to have the sort of fun, happy life that I had, but that's important. Anybody who has ever lost anyone works very hard to continue that memory in a positive way.”
The 25-year-old — who’s been doing voiceover work for animated cartoons, much like her dad’s character in “Mrs. Doubtfire" — also revealed the meaning behind the sentimental tattoo on her right hand. “Hummingbirds are fun and flighty and strange. It’s hard to keep them in one place and Dad was a bit like that,” she said.
Zelda ended the interview by reminding her father's fans that his beloved TV and movie characters will continue to live on. “The side of him that people know and love and attach to their childhood is the characters he had so much fun being,” she said. “And that’s what’s important and that’s not going anywhere.”