Enstars caught up with actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley to talk about her character on Nashville and shows she'd like to guest star on, at Hershey's Moderation Nation project in New York on Oct. 3.
The second season of Nashville, the show Kimberly currently has a recurring role in, premiered on Sept. 25. Other than her current gig on television, Kimberly is best known for her performances as Steve Martin's daughter in Father of the Bride, and the funny, and witty wife of Jim in According to Jim. On Nashville she plays Margaret "Peggy" Kenter, mistress to Teddy Conrad (Eric Close), who is married to Rayna James (Connie Britton).
When it was announced in 2012 that Kimberly would be taking on the role -- playing a "bad girl" as opposed to the usually cheery and conscientious women she has donned in the past -- fans were a bit disconcerted. With the second season of the show already under way, she said fans have still not come around to the idea of her playing an antagonistic role and a wayward woman.
While the role itself wasn't challenging, it was more peoples' response to her portraying Peggy that was difficult to take in.
"It was surprising seeing people's reactions, as an actor it's been really fun," she said. "I think it's fun to play things that are different from myself."
Toward the end of season 1 it was revealed that Peggy was pregnant with Teddy's child. Teddy is still struggling to come to terms with the news in season 2 and the actress hinted that her character might not be too considerate of his feelings. Peggy might give Teddy a hard time in episode 1 "she is back into being a bad girl." the actress said.
Kimberly was careful not to give away any spoilers, suggesting that she isn't sure what will happen to her character in the long run until she gets scripts for future episodes. In some ways, she discovers Peggy's story line as the audience does. The actress did say, however, that she read the script for a few of the upcoming episodes and thinks season 2 will be full of surprises.
"There's a lot of surprises in store for the audience, that's all I can tell you is that there are things that you are not going to expect," she said.
The season 1 finale featured a guest appearance by Kimberly's husband, country music singer Brad Paisley, performing a song with Britton. He had guest starred on television before, coming on According to Jim a couple of times, but Nashville was a new experience for him.
"This is the first time he has done a one-hour drama," Kimberly explained. "He was surprised at how long it actually took to film a short little bit but he had a ball!"
Kimberly also spoke about being able to find time for her two sons while filming in Nashville, where she lives. She credited the recurring nature of her role, and her not being a regular on the show, for giving her more time with her family.
"This has been a great job for me because the show shoots right where we live, I mean, it's in Nashville, we live in Nashville, the kids go to school in Nashville. It's been great because I'll drop them off at school and then I'll go to work," she said. "[Peggy] is not in every scene, so it's actually been a fantastic job for me to get back into working because I took some time off when I was with my kids because I actually wanted to be home with them more, and you know I'd go do a project here, a project there, but this has been a nice consistent job, to sort of get back into it."
Other than her own show, Kimberly and her husband are hooked on to Homeland. Resisting the temptation, however, she revealed that the couple will wait for a few episodes of the new season to air before they start watching it.
"It just started and we are so obsessive about it," she said. "[But] once we start watching it's hard to turn it off. So we're going to let it build up a couple of episodes and then just binge-watch it a little bit."
If she were to guest star in another show her pick would be The Newsroom because of its "smart, funny and intelligent" writing. She added, "It's fascinating and it has that realistic quality to it. I'd love to be on that show."
Season 2 of Nashville airs Wednesdays, Oct. 9, at 10 p.m. E.T. on ABC.