Kimberly Williams-Paisley has a lot going on. The actress finished filming "Christmas Chronicles 2," the Netflix original movie with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell set to air on November 25th, and she appears in "Father of the Bride Part 3-ish" on Netflix YouTube. She says of the role of Annie Banks, "Father of the Bride was life changing for me. I will always have a fondness for that role. I was 19." An actress in film, TV (most notably "According to Jim"), stage, producer, director, writer, even book author are among all of accomplishments. Kimberly reveals, "I love all of the mediums in different ways. I do love working fast. I love go, go , go, go."
But even actresses are required to quarantine during a pandemic. She says her family has really enjoyed the outdoors. "We've gone fishing and done lots of walking. There are so many things we can do. We've also played a lot of Mancala," She adds, "I'm really grateful for my family. I'm thankful right now for our health. It's been a scary time for everybody with the coronavirus and pandemic. I'm thankful for human connection and relationships."
In the spirit of being thankful, when asked what a Paisley Thanksgiving looks like, Kimberly says, "We tend to go spend Thanksgiving out in California. Sometimes my sister joins us but we always have Brad's family with us. We spend the day really cooking and Brad is in charge of gravy and that's about all I can ask him to do. Wouldn't want him to do more than that. My mother-in-law and I make the turkey. Last few years we've been cheating and buying a couple things. I'm always scared about the turkey, frankly. It's a large thing to cook and it takes a long time."
Speaking of cooking and food, the conversation turns to The Store. The Store is a free, referral based grocery store in Nashville that serves individuals and families experiencing food insecurities and financial hardship created with husband and country music star Brad Paisley. "We originally wanted to open very slowly so that we could have proper training time. We wanted to be equipped properly, have the right amount of food and have all of our ducks in a row. We wanted people to shop with dignity, have choices, instead of just getting a handout. But then the tornado hit, and we almost immediately went in to disaster relief. Then the pandemic. Our original model had shifted. We were delivering food and we started doing curbside. We never had a grand opening or a ribbon cutting. But we just wanted to get to feeding people. There was so much need. We are serving 5 times more people that we thought." The Store has already provided more than 500,000 meals in Nashville.
And certainly while the Paisley's frequent Nashville, they call Franklin home. Kimberly recites a list of reasons to love the area. "Great place to raise kids. Great schools. Walking around downtown. There's still a lot of greenery. Not too far from Nashville," adding to all the reasons she continues to be thankful.