Michelle Williams Not Ready to Work, Enjoys Time With Her Cowgirl
The unforeseen heartache which surrounded Michelle Williams following the accidental death of Oscar-winning actor Heath Ledger — the one-year anniversary was on January 22nd — left the actress devastated and alone to raise their 3-year-old daughter Matilda Rose; The intense media craze that documented the single mom’s every move left a simply “burnt out” Michelle in need of a break from the spotlight.
“I’m coming back to my wits little by little. But ultimately, I am not yet ready to work. I’ve actually really been enjoying not working. I guess everybody enjoys that.”
Unable to “work through” it all, Michelle — having not made a movie since last May — instead has focused all her energy on raising Matilda, who despite her mother’s wishes for her to become a doctor, enjoys imagining herself as a real cowgirl. The city streets of Brooklyn may be a hard place for Matilda to imagine herself roping cattle, but Michelle would never consider trading their metropolitan lifestyle. Admitting she feels very “detached” from Hollywood, the actress says she “wouldn’t raise Matilda there.” She explains,
“For all the obvious reasons — being the daughter of…Being an actor’s daughter. It’s a town about one thing and I want her to have options.”
For now, Michelle says she is slowly picking up the pieces of her life as she contemplates her career, trading her celebrity status for “cooking, baking, cleaning, and sewing” with Matilda. With the pressure of movie roles constantly knocking at the door, the young mom is confident that her decision to concentrate on her daughter will leave her with no regrets. “As a young actress, you feel this intense pressure to work. Everybody says, ‘The time is now,'” she says. “But I can be 28 and take a year off. Hopefully there’ll still be something there to go back to.”
Her return to the screen, however, is not far off as Michelle fears that her life will eventually “end as a pile of dishes,” although admits that “the working mother thing is kind of a fallacy — it’s hard to do both things well.”