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Williams talks Ledger

11.26.2008

Normally I wouldn't spend much time here talking about how Celebrity A said such and such about Celebrity B. But when Celebrity A is Michelle Williams and she's talking about Celebrity B, Heath Ledger, for the first time publicly since his death last year, it touched me enough I had to pass it along. Williams spends most of the interview (which takes place in upstate New York on a farm where she now lives) talking about her upcoming indie film WENDY & LUCY but when the topic eventually comes around to Ledger...well, it gets pretty damn sad.

The first time Ledger's name comes up, she bursts into tears. "It's so sad," Williams says. When she's asked about how she's been doing in the past year, she's silent for a very long time. "I guess it's always changing," she says. There's another pause. "What else can I say?" Her voice is breathy and fragile, and she takes a few gulps of air. "I just wake up each day in a slightly different place—grief is like a moving river, so that's what I mean by 'it's always changing'." She stops again. "It's a strange thing to say"—her words unravel slowly, her eyes tear up—"because I'm at heart an optimistic person, but I would say in some ways it just gets worse. It's just that the more time that passes, the more you miss someone. In some ways it gets worse. That's what I would say."

Yipes. Williams has taken time off from acting to be a mother to her daughter with Ledger, Matilda and later says she considers giving up acting altogether explaining, "I want [Matilda] to have a routine. I want the plainest, simplest, most ordinary, habituated routine possible." And can you blame her?

Extra Tidbit: WENDY & LUCY hits theaters in a limited release on December 10th.
Source: Newsweek

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