Shit, I’m tired just with the work bit. Add a kid into the mix and I’d probably be falling asleep over my coffee every morning. Michelle Williams is a successful actress, sure, but she’s also mother to her 7-year-old daughter Matilda (whose father, we all know, is the late Heath Ledger). She loves the work and she loves being a mom, but that doesn’t leave much time for anything else.
Do you have any side projects right now?
No, I wish I had side projects! I’m kind of like a “one thing at a time” girl. I can’t really take on [more]. I wish I was. I wish I was one of those people who’s also taking lots of photos. and going to cooking classes. But I just work and raise the kid. That’s all I can do.
Well, raising the kid is a job in and of itself.
Raising the kid is the work, yeah. And it’s amazing, and it’s the ultimate creative act. That’s my side project and my center project.
Sorta irks me for some weird reason that she refers to Matilda as “the kid” but I can’t really place why and that’s besides the point. I imagine it would be kind of hard to have any side projects when you’ve got a 7-year-old and are a famous actress and all. Like, when do you sit down to start whittling down your Netflix queue? When do you get a chance to run to the Girl Scout cookie cabinet to pick up your supply of Samoas? When do you TAKE A NAP? These are all very important questions. But wahhhh, is this why her love affair with Jason Segel is no more?!
April 11, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
This is a tough story to write for several reasons. One, I really love Michelle Williams and think she’s lovely and a wonderful actress and all that. Two, I really, honestly don’t believe there was a single racist motivation behind this photoshoot for the British publication AnOther magazine, which sees her dressed in “redface” – you know, Native American garb. Mind you, lack of intention doesn’t negate the fact that something is wrong and/or offensive, which is the point writers over at Jezebel were trying to make when they called out the mag – and Michelle herself – earlier this week, writing, “Just as Blackface is never okay, Redface is never okay. Ever.”
Right, I feel you on that – we can’t pick and choose on what counts as racist and what doesn’t and we should be consistent across the board, though I personally find it really hard to be as offended by this as I would someone in Blackface. Why is that? I have no idea. Perhaps that’s a societal thing, since Native American oppression and treatment has long been kept sorta under wraps in comparison. It’s definitely not right, it’s just what happens.
“The image… is one of a suite of images taken from inside the magazine, presenting Ms Williams in a series of eight different imaginary characters. All the characters in the story were inspired by multiple fashion and cultural references, characters and eras, as well as by our admiration of Ms Williams as one of the most respected and talented actresses of her generation.”
I’m inclined to read this as sincere. It’s also difficult to question whether people think too big of a deal is being made by this because chances are, most of us are white people who don’t have to deal with cultural or racial oppression on a daily basis. Still, I wonder if this wasn’t sensationalised just a little and question where we draw the line between artistic expression and cultural appropriation/racism.
March 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Michelle Williams and Jason Segel broke up. They kept their relationship quiet and I think this break-up came as a shock to many, in the, “Whoa, they were together?” sense. Unless you read Evil Beet, that is. They’ve been together since March of 2012 and were seen together as recently as early January.
Us Weekly reports,
Their romance couldn’t survive the long distance. (Williams lives in New York with daughter Matilda, 7, while Segel is based in Los Angeles, where his CBS sitcom is filmed.)
Reportedly Segel was getting along swimmingly with Ms. Williams’ daughter 7 year-old daughter, Matilda. (Matilda’s dad is the late Heath Ledger.)
“He’s been doing all sorts of ‘dad stuff‘ with her, like drawing and playing music,” [an] insider said.
By that definition I guess every babysitter I’ve ever had was a dad.
No but seriously, they seemed like a cute and happy couple and I hope they both find joy soon again.
February 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Michelle Williams is adorable, so it only stands to reason that her daughter Matilda – who she had with the late Heath Ledger – is also adorable. Michelle has always spent a lot of time with Matilda and taken her to movie sets wherever possible, and Oz, The Great and Powerful is no exception. Turns out, she’s pretty excited to see the film now because she knows what’s going to happen and wants to see it all come together on the big screen.
“She’s dying to see it. She’s very excited,” the Oz The Great and Powerful star, 32, told PEOPLE during its Wednesday premiere in Hollywood.
“[Director Sam Raimi] really welcomed her on set and he made a very kid-friendly space. She witnessed so much of it being made so she’s really excited to see it come together.”
An avid fan of the original The Wizard of Oz, the 7-year-old has been known to skip over the scarier scenes — “She runs out of the room when … the baboons start to fly,” says Williams — but promises to be brave for the newest flick.
“She said, ‘Mommy, don’t worry, I won’t be scared because I know how everything happens,” says the actress.
I always wonder what kids of celebrity parents must think about their careers. Most stars say that their kids don’t really “get it” and that to them, they’re just Mom or Dad, not such and such the Hollywood actress or whatever. I love this kid. I love that Jason Segel loves this kid. I love everything about this little makeshift family and I don’t know why but I don’t think it matters.
February 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Oz the Great and Powerful is probably going to be really good in a way that’s completely disconnected from the original Wizard of Oz and that’s okay. I mean, come on – admitted professional deep-throater James Franco as the Wizard? Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz? I’m going to see it (or download it), for sure.
One thing that will definitely not be great about it is that Mariah Carey is doing the theme song. It’s a new track called ‘Almost Home’ that sounds like a demo she would have recorded in 1987 before getting a deal and a decent producer. While the full thing won’t be out until tomorrow, you can listen to a 30 second preview below:
February 18, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
Michelle Williams is so underrated it’s not even funny. Forget Dawson’s Creek – let’s get more current: Brokeback Mountain, anyone? My Week With Marilyn? Blue Valentine? I mean, come on. She’s constantly taking part in projects that are gritty, intense and downright good. She’s one of the best actresses working in the industry at the moment and I just think she’s great. That’s pretty much it.
Michelle is sharing the cover of InStyle’s March issue with Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz (via fashionscansdaily – click through for all the pics), who are both great in their own rights, but aren’t the focus of this post. The ladies do have one big thing in common, however: they’re all starring in the much-anticipated upcoming film Oz, The Great and Powerful, which is most likely going to be really, really good.