Allison Williams plays Peter Pan on Peter Pan Live!, which is a one-night only live musical broadcasted on NBC. Many know Williams from her role on HBO’s show Girls. Check out all the facts on Williams’ famous father, her successful fiance, and her career below.
1. NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams Is Allison’s Father
Allison Williams’ dad is Brian Williams, the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, titles he’s held since 2004. When Brian was in college, he left to intern with the administration of President Jimmy Carter. Though it was an amazing experience, he considers his leaving college to be a big regret in his life.
In Brian Williams’ first year as an NBC anchor, he covered the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. This year marks Brian’s 10th anniversary with NBC and to congratulate him, Allison posted the above photo with this caption on her Instagram:
Congrats to my Dad on 10 years of anchoring NBC Nightly News. The best newsman and best father I know. And in this week of Peter Pan insanity, my source of so much strength. #10Years
2. YouTube Star Sam Tsui Gave Her a Big Break
According to Us Weekly, Williams is friends with YouTube star Sam Tsui, who included her in some of his YouTube videos, raking in millions of views. Us Weekly reported:
While attending Yale University (she graduated in 2010), Williams befriended YouTube sensation Sam Tsui and starred in the online film College Musical — a spoof of High School Musical. She recorded an HSM cover of the hit song “Breaking Free” with Tsui that has garnered more than 5 million views.
3. Ricky Van Veen Is Her Fiance
In February 2014, Williams became engaged to co-founder of College Humor, Ricky Van Veen. College Humor is a website that features comedic videos and articles. Williams has even appeared on Van Veen’s website, as a recurring character, Cheryl, in the CollegeHumor series Jake and Amir. Van Veen met Williams through mutual friends and dated for three years before getting engaged.
Williams has said that her dad has given his approval of Van Veen and likes him very much.
4. She Stars As Marnie Michaels On Girls
Allison Williams plays the role of Marnie Michaels on the HBO hit series Girls, which is where many viewers saw her sing for the first time. Check out the above clip of Marnie Michaels singing.
Girls returns to HBO on January 11, 2015.
5. Williams Would Leave Stardom To Have Kids
Williams has stated that she would walk away from her acting career to have a family with kids. Williams told People:
My goal is to create a career I can walk away from and become a mom. I’d love to be a mom – and not have to bring my kids into my trailer … Or a balance [of both], but you’ve [got to] call it on the fly to a certain extent. If you go into acting for love of the craft, and you dodge the fame aspect, it’s more sustainable.