Featured in an interview and photospread in the April issue of Elle, actress Michelle Williams, 27, discussed the birth of now 2-year-old daughter Matilda Rose, 2, how she’s a New York kid as well as Michelle’s greatest prize, and her guess at just who former co-star Katie Holmes was dating when news broke in 2005.
Click below for the photo and interview highlights.
On giving birth to Matilda:
It’s all about water. I was in and out of the bathtub my entire labor — 24 hours. I don’t remember the pain, or the sensation. But I do remember quietly talking to myself and saying, "Okay, you don’t have to tell anybody what you’re thinking right now. You don’t have to tell Heath, you don’t have to tell the nurse, you don’t have to tell the doctor: You are never, ever doing this again. It can be a secret just for us." [laughs]
I was trying to tell myself, "Remember what I’m saying now. This pain is too great to bear. You won’t do this again." And here I am today, and the next one I’ll do at home! You totally forget. It’s nature’s trick.
On the split with Heath Ledger and her greatest prize:
All in all, how long has it been? Six months. It’s been long and not long. It feels like yesterday and it feels like long ago, but not six months. The distraction of work is utterly invaluable.
When I have too much free time, that’s when things start to get a little messy. [Tears pool in eyes, then she smiles.] Matilda’s the prize. She’s bigger to me than any relationship, bigger than the awards. She’s what came out of it.
We were in the car today, driving back from this indoor playspace, and Matilda started talking to herself in the back. She said, "I’d like an everything bagel with butter, please!"
She’s such a New York kid. That’s what she’s thinking about: going home. Every morning we go to the coffee shop. She’s ready to go back and get her bagel, and I’m ready to get a really good cup of coffee.
On hearing in 2005 that her Dawson’s Creek co-star Katie Holmes was dating Tom Cruise:
I was shocked. Busy [Philipps, another DC co-star and Michelle's close friend, now 5 months along with a baby girl] called and said, "You’re never going to believe who Katie’s with now." And I’m like, "Who?" And she said, "Who’s the biggest movie star you can think of?" I said — this is embarrassing — ‘Tom Selleck?!’"