Michelle Williams Cherishes Public Support of Her Relationship

02/05/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Michelle Williams Jason Segel InStyle
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Michelle Williams has never been one to look to the outside world for a seal of approval — until now.

In the March issue of InStyle, the actress admits she forever cherishes the unwavering support she has received since going public with her relationship with actor Jason Segel.

“If people are happy about it that makes me feel good because in my head the opposite is often true — that people fault or blame you for things,” Williams, 32, says.

“That’s really painful. You wish they would just want you to be happy, for your kid to be happy, and for you to have a good life and do good work.”

She adds: “Any kind sentiment that the world can feed back, well, I won’t turn it down.”

Along with Matilda Rose, the actress’s daughter with the late Heath Ledger, the couple now share an apartment in Brooklyn, cozy quarters filled with bean bags, book nooks and plenty of priceless pieces.

“I keep things for sentimental reasons. I’ve kept all of Matilda’s baby clothes. even the ones with stains and rips,” Williams says.

And as she creates a space that enables her daughter to always “curl up with a book,” theย Oz: The Great and Powerful star finds nothing compares to her happiness as a stay-at-home mom — at least for now.

“I cook and clean a lot these days. I’m in a very domestic cycle and I happen to love it,” Williams explains.

“I feel like this is a real expression of my love for my daughter. Not the only one, but an important one. As a parent, you want the kid to come back to a place where it seems like the walls are made of feather down.”

And while she’s fiercely protective of Matilda, seemingly succeeding in keeping her out of the spotlight, the 7-year-old still manages to catch glimpses of Hollywood’s glitz and glamour — even if it’s not in the most flattering forms.

“The other day I was with my daughter at a newsstand and she turned to me and said, ‘Mommy, why do all those ladies have their boobs out?'” Williams shares. “And I was going to talk about the power dynamic and society, but I just said, ‘Sweetie, I really just don’t know.’ She just wagged her little head.”

From her personal life to her professional success, life has come full circle for Williams — and she’s seizing each moment of sheer happiness that comes her way.

“The other day I was out there all bundled up and the sun was shining and I realized I was smiling in a way I hadn’t in a long time,” she notes. “The roses in my cheeks weren’t from makeup for once. It was a perfect moment.”

— Anya Leon

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klutzy_girl on

Awwww. Michelle and Jason are so adorable together, and I’m really glad she’s that happy with him!

guest on

I am so happy for her!!!!! She is so down-to-earth & normal & I believe, is doing such a wonderful job of raising her daughter! Good for you Michelle! I hope Jason realizes what a wonderful family he is a part of! ๐Ÿ™‚

dancer92136 on

Michelle I have always thought you were a class act and I am so glad you found happiness. Jason seems like a really loving and great guy. All three of you are lucky to have found each other. I wish you years of happiness and babies because you are a great mom.

HL on

she seems so lovely and matured. and i totally love her and Jason together!

Elle on

So glad that everything is going well & that she’s truly happy.

givemeabreak on

Lovely couple. He seems so committed to Michelle and Matilda, and Michelle stays in close contact with Heath’s family (as written last month by the parents in a mag) and they have close ties with Matilda. Class act lady all around.

Mama on

This is so great. It’s always so nice to hear good stories about sensible people and happy families – those who in or out of the spotlight. I wish nothing but pure and complete happiness for the three of them.

El on

LOVE this! Michelle and Jason are such a great fit and I am so glad that she has found happiness! What a great Mom!

Alia on

I love Michelle…she always makes intelligent comments and seems so nice…and I admire how she has deliberately kept Matilda out of the spotlight…take note Katie Holmes and Miranda Kerr and so many others…you won’t see one of them living a normal life in Brooklyn, instead we are bombarded with daily pics of their kids and outings…so wrong.

Amy on

Love how this article conveys what a nice person and loving parent Michelle is!

Anonymous on

Yeah, I am an adult, and I would like to know sometimes why most of society’s women feel the need to show their breasts at any cost. It’s really unbelievable how our society just ‘accepts’ it now and ok – even with professional women in our offices across the country – I’m personally tired of the ‘look’.

ImALadyToo on

“…..you want the kid….” ……does anybody else refer to their child as THE kid?! That is as disrespectful as when men refer to their wife as THE wife.

Shelly on

I don’t think you should read too much into that. I don’t think it was meant to demean her daughter in any way. My husband & I regularly refer to each other as “The Wife” & “The Hubs”. It’s never in a derogatory way…we use them as terms of endearment. I also refer to my kids as “kiddos”, “chitlins”, or “little bits” but again, never in a negative way.

Andrea on

She is one of the few in Hollywood that I actually have a lot of respect for. I think she comes across as a very genuine and sweet natured lady. I’m happy for her and for her relationship. Jason Segel is hilarious and I’m sure there’s never a dull moment. Happy for them. ๐Ÿ™‚

mandy on

I just love her….she is very inspiring.

Tina on

She sounds sweet. I’ve always liked her. Ever since Dawson’s Creek. She was my favorite there. Her and Joshua Jackson.

Jenn on

I am totally jealous of this woman’s life. She’s perfection even w/ everything that’s happened. What a wonderful woman we get to watch!

Laura on

I LOVE Michelle Williams. So happy for her and her precious daughter.

Anonymous on

This is a story worth reading! Sadly trash is what most people like..I don’t

Dona on

Michelle everyone wants you to be happy! We saw how much love you had for Heath and how you have surprised everyone wonderfully with your maturity as a loving, good mother, from a young age and as an actress, most of whom are selfish and immature – maybe people thought other men weren’t good enough for you till now cause we just want so much happiness for you and your beautiful little gem Matilda. Praying you have found your knight in shining armor – you deserve it, pretty lady!

jones on

Michelle is a class act and seems like a wonderful mother to Matilda. It is nice to read about someone who seems grounded and cherishes what is important in life (love and family).

Paige on

She seems like such a genuine, sweet person and it’s quite clear that she loves being a mother! I am also happy that she is so happy with Jason. I love both her and Jason and I really hope it will all work out for them!

Vee on

Michelle, you sound like such a great person. I think people wish you all the happiness in the world. We’re all rooting for you and your sweet daughter.

kim on

she seems like a great gal. grounded, stable and a great role model for her little girl. im glad she has found happiness.

Jenn on

Michelle is a special kind of beauty… inside and out. I hope for her nothing but the greatest happiness.

Nikita on

Absolutely love Michelle Williams! So down to earth and ethereal. I hope she and Jason and Matilda live happily ever after!

fanofboardwalkempire on

So very happy for Michelle- she deserves happiness and I am glad to see her and Jason together. they seem happy!

rose on

I like to hear that celebrities are hands on with their kids, Michelle is such a great mom and actress.

lisa on

so happy for them. they’re the only celebrity couple i know that everybody just loves.

Tiffany on

I love her…She is a great mom and I wish her, Matilda and Jason a lifetime of happiness.

Jessica on

So happy for her and Matilda!!

guest on

Really like her. Love them together.

rifkaz on

I am very happy for her, I love her as an actress, and am glad that she is so real and into being a good mom…and I am always happy when someone finds happiness in this world, not at the expense of others!

itznia on

She is so endearing. Love her.

merry on

I like reading about Michelle. She seems so classy and a good mom, too. (love the name Matilda, btw.) She and Jason seem like a nice couple and I wish them a lot of happiness together (I wouldn’t mind a little Williams-Segel either).

J on

Why would people not support her? It was tragic what happened to Heath but nobody expected her to live in a bubble alone forever.

4mom on

Yes people do refer to their children as “the kid”. My husband and I have four children and when we are relating to each other or someone else something one of them has done, we often say “the kid………” It is not derogatory in any way but rather a way of expressing a feeling you have about your child and something they have done. We don’t think any less of our children because of it.

Anonymous on

Love her! I wonder if she’ll ever have a baby with Jason?

lelee on

I like her and think she is a great actress and probably a great mom. What she isn’t is a widow? Her and Heath were not even together at the time of his death, and while she may have very well loved him very much still, they were a part so I never got why who she dated has been so scrutinized.