Entertainment Music JoJo Opens Up About 'Inspiring' Costar Robin Williams and Her Close Friendship with His Daughter Zelda Mad Love singer JoJo remembers her "inspiring" RV costar Robin Williams — and opens up about her friendship with his daughter Zelda By Jeff Nelson Jeff Nelson Instagram Twitter Jeff Nelson is a Staff Editor at PEOPLE. For nearly a decade, he has worked across the brand's entertainment verticals, reporting on breaking news and writing and editing across platforms, as well as securing A-list cover exclusives, including Barry Manilow's coming out and an at-home interview with Madonna. Jeff has appeared as an expert on Good Morning America, Extra, HLN and SiriusXM, as well as at RuPaul's DragCon as a moderator. He studied magazine journalism at Drake University, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication. People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 20, 2016 12:53 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Peter Kramer/Getty Since playing Robin Williams‘ daughter a decade ago, JoJo has become close with the actor’s family offscreen. The singer and Williams starred in the dysfunctional family road trip comedy RV in 2006, and JoJo got to know the Oscar winner, his wife Marsha (they divorced in 2008) and their daughter Zelda before Williams committed suicide in 2014. “His intelligence, his worldliness and his work ethic are what really touched me — and his ability to care for people of all walks of life was just very inspiring,” the 25-year-old singer tells PEOPLE. “The way that he made everybody feel special and the way that he showed up and gave 110 percent every single time: I want to be like that. I want to leave that type of impression on people.” Atlantic Records JoJo says the beloved comic passed those qualities on to his daughter. “Zelda has that spirit as well,” she says. “She’s such a remarkable woman.” Last week, JoJo released Mad Love, her triumphant first album in a decade after a seven-year lawsuit with her former label. And earlier this year, the singer teamed up with Zelda Williams, who directed the music video for her single “Save My Soul.” And today, JoJo — whose own father died last November after a years-long battle with addiction — says Zelda and her mother have become like kin over the years. “I love that family so much, and their strength inspires me,” she says. “They’ve overcome so much, even excluding Robin passing.” https://www.instagram.com/p/BLkPPeKgRyZ/?taken-by=zeldawilliams&hl=en Last week, Zelda shared her love for JoJo in a heartfelt Instagram post. “We met as teens at the RV premier, and a little piece of my heart…has been tied to you every since. You will always be one of my favorite humans, one of my favorite women, and one of my favorite artists on this tiny blue marble we call home,” Zelda, 27, wrote. “I’m so lucky to have called you a friend since your last album 10 years ago, and I’ll still be right here with you thru the next 10 albums too…I’m so incredibly proud and so happy for you!” For more on JoJo and her new album Mad Love, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands everywhere Friday. JoJo’s new album Mad Love is out now.