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Nashville Star Kimberly Williams Paisley on Playing a Bad Girl

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You probably remember her as Annie Banks, but Kimberly Williams Paisley has come a long way! This season she's been heating up the small screen as Peggy Kenter, the former high-school flame of Nashville mayor Teddy Conrad (played by Eric Close)—who is also the ex-husband of Rayna James (Connie Britton)—on ABC's hit show Nashville. We sat down with the real-life Nashville resident (and wife to country crooner Brad Paisley) to talk about food, fitness, and playing a bad girl.

SHAPE: Your character Peggy on Nashville is a little bit of a departure from previous roles. What first attracted you to her character?
Kimberly Williams Paisley (KWP): I really wanted to be on the show! I didn't even know what the role was at first, but we live in Nashville, so when the show came to town, I called them up and said, "I really want to work in this town; is there any way I could be in this show?" And they came to me with Peggy. I have had a great time playing the bad girl on the show. She gets into a lot of trouble!

SHAPE: What would you say are some of your go-to healthy foods?
KWP: I am obsessed with kale. I make kale salads and kale chips, and I think it's so yummy. I eat spinach all the time and snack on nuts such as almonds and other simple things like that.

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SHAPE: You have two small children at home. How do you work to instill healthy eating habits in them?
KWP: It's all moderation. I let them have treats, but I also encourage them to eat all their veggies or eat the meal that's in front of them for dinner or lunch. They love fruits and vegetables. My son Huck loves to juice with me. He'll pick out what he wants to put in his juice, and he'll tweak it a little, but he'll drink it every time, even if it's green.

SHAPE: What is your fitness regimen like?
KWP: I need to go to my yoga class—I love hot yoga! I work with a trainer and lift weights, plus I love to hike. We spend a lot of time out in California, so whenever we're there, we'll go hiking. I walk a lot too.

SHAPE: You're obviously very busy, and you and your husband are both on the road a lot for your two careers. What do you do to make sure you stay balanced and find time for each other but also yourself?
KWP: I definitely need time to unwind. As I said, I always make a hot yoga class. At the end of the day, Brad and I will go sit on the porch and chill out and look at the stars and talk about the day. We make time for date night and go to the movies and dinner. My in-laws are fantastic. They're really involved in the kids' lives and are a great support system, so when things come up for me, they step in, and that helps us out a lot.

SHAPE: What made you want to get involved with Hershey's Moderation Nation Campaign?
KWP: For me, moderation is the key. I don't do very well with extremes of any kind—extreme diets, extreme fitness—so moderation makes a lot of sense, and Hershey's has really great portion-friendly desserts to help people incorporate treats into their lifestyles so they don't feel like they're depriving themselves and are still living a balanced life.


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