Michelle Williams in British Vogue's April issue
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.
[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.