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Michelle Williams: Matilda Tells Everyone I’m ‘the Good Witch’

10/08/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Michelle Williams New York Festival
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She may not know the extent of the actress’s fame, but Matilda Rose is well aware of mom Michelle Williams‘ recent role in Oz, the Great and Powerful.

“She’s starting to understand more and more. She knows a lot about Glinda the Good Witch, a lot about who that is, what that was,” Williams, 33, told The New Yorker‘s David Denby during the New Yorker Festival at the School of Visual Arts Theater on Saturday.

Matilda — who wants to step into Glinda’s sparkling slippers for Halloween — has no problem sharing Williams’ onscreen success with her playground pals.

“She would go up to people in the park and say, ‘My mommy is Glinda the Good Witch in Oz. There’s two bad ones and only one good one and that’s my mom,’” says Williams.

It’s not surprising that Matilda, 8 this month, has turned into an adorable mini-publicist for her mom, especially since she “always” joins Williams on set. “She’s very outgoing, very friendly. [She] likes meeting people and new experiences, so she makes it easy,” she shares.

And while there’s no place like home, the proud mama goes to great lengths to make sure the sets are as comfortable and familiar as possible for Matilda, her daughter with the late Heath Ledger.

“We have boxes, with familiar picture frames on the wall … the soft, cozy blanket that goes on the couch. So some kind of continuity is built up,” she explains.

– Lee Hernandez with reporting by Mabel Martinez

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auntblue on

Kudos to Michelle Williams for keeping her young daughter grounded. That’s not easy to do, especially when you’re an actress. Matilda will appreciate it even more when she’s older.

Carrie M on

She seems like a great mom…

Jennifer on

It’s a tragedy what happened to that little girl’s father Heath Ledger. Now the little girl has to grow up without one knowing the fact that Heath loved his daughter I know that Michelle is doing the best job she can as a single mother, and I only hope that Michelle would let her daughter know when she’s older that she was loved by her Daddy.

Jennifer on

I know that Michelle is doing the best she can as a single mother. It’s a tragedy what happened to that little girl’s father Heath Ledger. I know that when he was alive that he loved his daughter. I hope that when the child is older, that Michelle will tell her that.

J on

Is Michelle really trying to move on like she claims, because she loves to bring Heath up and make the interviews all about how she’s coping. Sorry, but enough.

noam on

@j-I don’t think she brought up Heath Ledger at all in this. PEOPLE added that that’s who her daughter’s father is, but the comments about pictures were made more towards the fact that she moves for her job (OZ, for example, was filmed largely in Michigan) rather than staying in one place…Maybe I’m wrong.

Vicki on

I read the article and think it’s lovely. Michelle seems to have her priorities in order. The comment from “J” makes me scratch my head. Michelle didn’t say anything about Heath, the writer of the article put 1 line about Heath, saying he is Matilda’s father. Maybe “J” has trouble comprehending what he/she has read.

JESS on

RUDE.. MUCH? HE WAS IN LOVE WITH HEATH, THEY HAD A CHILD TOGETHER SHE IS LOOKING AT HIM EVERY DAY OF HER LIFE WHEN SHE LOOKS AT HER LITTLE GIRL, OF COURSE SHE IS STILL COPING. BLESS HER AND EVERYTHING SHE DOES, NOT MANY PEOPLE IN HOLLYWOOD ARE AS GROUNDED AS MICHELLE IS.

Jenn on

Michelle didn’t bring up ANYTHING about Heath. Every single article has to mention “daughter with the late Heath Ledger”, like we didn’t already know that. And of COURSE she would tell her daughter her daddy loved her she probably tells her that every single morning and night! Geesh some of the commenters on here…..STOOOOPID.

Guest on

She’s a great mom, I’m sure Matilda hears about her dad, and spends time with his side of the family. She’s also a little girl who lives her daily life, school, scouts, dance, whatever she’s interested in. So saying that, she knows her dad loved her, but doesn’t need daily reminders. She appears to be a happy well-adjusted child.

Terri on

There is a huge difference between being a single mother and being a RICH single mother. Money may not be everything but it sure helps you to sleep at night knowing your child will always be fed, housed, warm and safe. No doubt the child misses her father but Michelle and he had broken up before his died. Stop making a martyr out of her. The child is who needs our prayers.

thenitenurse on

Michelle Williams is apparently a Wall Street genius. Who knew this?

Ozgirl on

Glad to hear Michelle and Matilda are doing well. Being Aussie and a massive Heath fan I can tell you that Matilda spends time over here with her grandparents and family. of course we dont hear about it until after the fact..to give her space and time with her aussie family. Good luck and best wishes for the future Michelle and Matilda

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