post by Khaidah Johnson

Artistry. Beauty. Dedication. Faith. Can you really find it all in one complete package?  Absolutely...and actress Ashley A. Williams is proof.  A hidden gem in the entertainment industry, Ashley is as skillful at portraying strong beautiful women as she is at playing vulnerable and complicated characters. She may be best know for her performance as Nia Breaux in the 2013 film Frat Brothers and has displayed her acting range in her comedic YouTube mini-series #AshTags and the dramatic web-series Black Boots.

I recently caught up with Ashley for a little girl chat about her career, her style and what television series she can't get enough of. With the talent, determination and grace that Ashley portrays, it won't be long before she's one of the most sought after actresses in the game.

Iconic GIRLS: What led you to pursue a career in film and television?

Ashley: A gut feeling I would have to say. I was a sophomore in college and I was lying down in bed one day watching one of those entertainment talk shows and they were talking about Bradley Cooper at the time and something just clicked in me. I thought to myself I want to try acting and from that moment on I did whatever I could in college to stay involved in it until graduation.

Iconic GIRLS: Can you talk about landing the role of Carla Brown in the web series "Black Boots"? Can you take us through the auditioning process?

Ashley: Getting the role of Carla Brown in the Black Boots webseries was a trust agreement I guess. Lol. I knew the creator, Geno Brooks, for some months when he told me about the project and told me he had a character named Carla, I asked him was she the pretty girl girlfriend type and he said no and I said I’ll do it. He was already familiar with how I am as an actress so he trusted me with the role without an audition and I appreciate him for that.

Iconic GIRLS: What initially drew you into the character?

Ashley: I was drawn in by the fact that she had issues. I get told quite a bit about how people just love my look, how pretty I am and I just have a great look. And even though I’m thankful and humbled by the compliments you don’t always only want to be seen as the pretty girl that’s the girlfriend of the lead or the wife, or girl next door, etc. So I asked Geno who Carla was and he explained she had family issues and she had relationship issues and domestic violence would be an arc in her storyline and I had never played a character that went through that. So I was drawn to the fact that she wasn’t perfect and she didn’t have it all together. I love those types of roles.

Iconic GIRLS: What can fans of "Black Boots" expect from the next season?

Ashley: Next season….oh gosh. I don’t know. Lol. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

Iconic GIRLS: On your YouTube channel (Ashley A. Williams), you've created #Ashtags, an entertaining collection of skits that show us your comedic side. If you could star in the remake of any comedy movie, which would you choose and what role would you play?

Ashely: Ha!!!! Oh man what comedic movie would I love to star in a remake of? Ummm….that’s tough…well, I’m a huge Will Ferrell fan and I love Anchorman. SO….if there were remake of Anchorman, like an all female news cast, lol, I would definitely want to be the female Ron Burgundy. It was just hilarious and I’m laughing right now thinking about it.

Iconic GIRLS: Let's talk fashion. How would you go about selecting a look for a special Hollywood event?

Ashley: FASHION!! A look for a Hollywood event? I try to go with comfort all the time. I’m Jamaican and I love to tell myself that not everything has to be so “suck on”. But it all depends on what the event is. I try hard to find sexy pants options for almost everything I do go to but sometimes you got to whip out a nice dress. So the selection process is always, how long can I have this on and not feel uncomfortable?

Iconic GIRLS: What about your day to day style?

Ashley: Day to day style is definitely laid back. I’m not the type of person to wear heels out and about. I’m a tomboy at heart and I love cute sweater and jeans or sweats. My slides or sandals. Maybe sneakers. I’m just chill.

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Iconic GIRLS: You're advice for aspiring actresses/actors?

Ashley: You know when I get the “advice” question it’s always so hard for me to answer because I’m still learning and growing as an actor, that it’s almost like what can I say to help better someone when I’m still figuring it out? You know? So I just try to preach staying focused and never forgetting why it is you started acting. To know that no ones journey is the same. Some people get discovered on YouTube and some people get discovered buying coffee. Some have been turned down for almost every audition they’ve ever had and some don’t get their shot til they’re in their 40’s. You have to know that this is what you want to pursue and know that it may take a lot of time to get to level you’re happy with. Classes and reading and creating are all preparation for when your moment comes. So to stay busy “working”, to me, doesn’t mean you always need to have a gig booked but to always be bettering yourself in your craft, in some form or fashion.

Iconic GIRLS: Are you working on any new projects that you can share with us?

Ashley: I am working on a project right now that I can’t go into too much detail about but I’ve been doing some fight training for it for some months now and I’m really happy that I’m getting the opportunity to show range.

Iconic GIRLS: every time I do an interview, I like to throw in some random Q&A's just for fun! So, here goes:

A phrase I use way too often is..... "Say what now?”

The last thing I do before bed is... "Pray."

My tv guilty pleasure is... "How To Get Away With Murder (I want to be apart of that cast so bad lol)."

Favorite Caribbean meal?
Curry goat, rice and peas and plantains.

Song currently on repeat?
 Masterpiece by Jessie J.

Follow Ashley:
Twitter: @AshleyAWilliams
Instagram: @Thee_AWill
Facebook: Actress Ashley A. Williams
photos courtesy of Ashely A. Williams

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