While Williams has had the opportunity to put that advice into practice throughout the years -- acting opposite her father in 2004's House of D, scoring a two-episode arc on Teen Wolf, and performing in short films and voice-over work in between -- her part in Dead of Summer is her first leading role. But for Williams, it's perfect timing.
"I'm grateful that it took such a long time for me to have someone decide to choose me for something like this," she said. "I got to grow up, and I got to find myself before having to find a character that's so different from myself, and that's really helpful. It helps keep me certainly grounded more into reality. I think you can lose it otherwise."