Michelle Williams in British Vogue's April issue

03/09/2008 at 02:15 PM ET

Appearing in an interview and photospread in the April issue of Vogue UK, actress Michelle Williams, 27, discusses daughter Matilda Rose, 2, her breakup with former fiancé Heath Ledger, the importance of her work, her thoughts on fashion and "harried mom style," and favorite pastimes.

Please note, the photoshoot and interview were completed 12 days before Heath passed away.

Click below for the photo and interview highlights.

On her split with Heath and how Matilda is "bigger than heartbreak":

Going through a breakup is a very humanizing experience. It juststrips you to your core. You’re nothing but feeling, nothing butemotion. There’s no difference between my breakup and anyone else’s,so to have to pretend that you’re happy and sunny…

I really onlylook back on it with love, because, Oh God, because of my daughter. Ican’t regret a single second of it because of this hell-raising cherubsleeping in the room next to me. [laughs] I hate to sound Pollyanna-ishabout it, but that part is true. She’s bigger than any heartbreak couldever be.

On her current focuses:

I’ve only got room for two things — my work and Matilda — andeverything else has to take third or eighth position. Matilda comes tovisit me everyday on-set, and she and I have an on-going conversationabout what it means that I work.

On her busy work schedule:

I do this movie [‘Mammoth’] in Sweden, then one in LA [‘BlueValentine,’ which has been postponed since Heath’s passing] and then Igo and do the Scorsese film [‘Shutter Island,’ in Boston], soI’m looking forward to all that work and getting it out of my system,and returning to Brooklyn full-time.

It’s been such a hard year in so many other ways, I’m just reallylucky that this area in my life is thriving. It all seems such a long way from ‘Dawson’s Creek.’ It’s the career of my dreams.

On fashion:

[I like doing photoshoots.] My life is so plain in a way, and babycentric, I dress in thatharried, hurried mom style. I wanted to look girlish, to play-act andtap dance.

[Fashion] wasn’t something I thought about for a long time.Then I thought about it too much. It’s complicated, because if you canput the ugliness of vanity aside, dressing up is self-expression in itspurest form.

Describing her favorite on-screen performances:

I’m pretty self-critical, so it’s hard for me to see beyond whateveremotional state or personal problems I was having at the time. It’shard for me to watch myself.

In the Todd Haynes movie [‘I’m Not There’]I got to play a really glamorous, controlling, manipulative girl. I wasexcited that he saw me in that way. I don’t know, I can’t … I’m notin a place to praise myself.

On why she prefers ‘healing’ activities as pastimes:

[Ido] bookbinding, calligraphy, embroidery. I want to do somethingpainstaking and time consuming. Something logical with a certainoutcome to it.

Click here for another in-depth interview with Michelle, from Wonderland.

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Pam on

Great photos! I loved what she said about breaking up with Heath and her thoughts on fashion. I really like reading her interviews, she always gives more than just stock answers, it seems like she really thinks about what she’s sharing.

This is kind of offtopic, but if anyone is interested – yesterday it came out that Heath had not updated his will since 2003, so everything was left to his parents and sister Kate. But Heath’s dad Kim released a statement that said, “Matilda is our absolute priority and Michelle is an integral part of our family. They will be taken care of and that’s how Heath would want it to be.”

kate on

The more I read about this girl, the more in awe I am of her.

She is quite simply amazing. Matilda is so lucky to have a mother like Michelle.

UggaMugga.com on

Gorgeous images and interview from a sincere, beautiful woman. She amazes me!

L. on

If he made the will before Matilda was born, she should inherit as a pretermitted child. I wonder why articles about the will haven’t pointed that out.

Mimi on

Michelle is my hero! She is one of the strongest, most compassionate, intelligent and articulate women I’ve ever come across. She is a great woman, and sounds like a terrific mother. She’s just great, and I love little Matilda to pieces.

Janey on

I can see Matilda in her now, before I just could see only Heath. I really feel for her and I hope that life lifts for her. At least she has her daughter whom she adores obviously.

Debbi on

I agree, I’m a bigger fan of Michelle the more that I read about her and her interviews. She seems to be very introspective and secure in who she is. Good luck and peace to her during this difficult time.

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