Michelle Williams announces plans to take a career break to be with Matilda

When I think of this year’s Oscar races, it’s basically come down to “Anybody but Clooney” in the Best Actor category. I want Brad Pitt to win, but failing that, anybody but Clooney. At this point, I have similar feelings about the Best Actress race – Anybody But Michelle. Part of the problem is Michelle wants to win an Oscar for playing Marilyn Monroe, one of the most icon “sexy” women ever. And Michelle just… isn’t. She isn’t sexy. I saw My Week With Marilyn, and I thought she gave a solid performance, but the film is deeply flawed (it’s ridiculous at various points towards the end), and Michelle’s performance is uneven because of her lack of sex appeal and her wonky voice work.

But Michelle is considered a major contender, up there with Meryl Streep and Viola Davis. I personally think Viola is going to take it home, but God knows. Michelle could be a spoiler – IF her Oscar campaign works. Which is a big IF. I think Michelle’s Oscar campaign still has some significant rough edges. Mostly because I think the “little girl lost” thing is just an act, and I think many, many people see through it. But there’s also a problem with her schizophrenic messaging. “Sexy” Michelle versus “Single Mom” Michelle versus “Little Girl Lost” Michelle versus “The Widow Ledger” Michelle. Thus far in the campaign, she’s posed in her underwear on the cover of GQ, flashing her cleavage and baring her body, but it felt so creepy and invasive because it was joined with a tear-soaked, “fragile” interview. She wants to be seen as a capable single mother… but she won’t stop talking in that affected little-girl voice. I could go on and on, but the whole thing is just upsetting me. Anyway, Michelle is currently taking pointers from Natalie Portman’s Oscar Campaign last year – more focus on all of the “mom” stuff. Which is why we’re getting this new interview:

Michelle Williams may be raking in trophies and accolades for her work in My Week With Marilyn, but nothing compares to the pride that comes along with her biggest role to date: Mom to 6-year-old daughter, Matilda.

In fact, Williams, 31, has cleared her schedule of upcoming film projects in order to spend more time at home with her little girl.

“I just want to go back to being a mom for a while,” Williams — who welcomed Matilda with the late Heath Ledger in 2005 — told E!’s Giuliana Rancic on Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild red carpet.

Raising her daughter as a single mom, Williams admitted to GQ that she had hoped to give her a sibling, at least before ex Ledger’s 2008 death.

“I really wanted, and I really expected or imagined, that Matilda would have siblings that were close to her age. I wanted that for her. But I couldn’t make that happen,” Williams explains. “And now that she’s 6 that isn’t even a possibility anymore. So something that was making me feel impatient, that’s been removed. For whatever reason, that’s not our luck, or our path.”

In the meantime, Williams is anxious to share Ledger’s legacy with his daughter, who was just 3 at the time of his death.

“You know, as hard as certain things have been for me, it’s been harder thinking about how things will be for her,” she has said. “I have a lot of things that she doesn’t, and some of what I have I can give to her — the memories that I have, the objects that I have, the physical reminders that I have, the stories.”

[From Us Weekly]

For the love of all that is holy. I do NOT understand the conversation about giving Matilda siblings – I understand what she’s saying explicitly – that she missed the window to give Matilda siblings close to her age. But what’s the implication here? Is Michelle seriously implying that because Heath isn’t around to father any more babies, Michelle is simply not going to have any more babies ever? What’s implicit is that Michelle’s vadge has closed up shop through grief – I guess we’re not supposed to remember that she’s dated several men since Heath died (and she was seeing other men when he was still alive?)? I truly believe that Michelle’s subtext is that she’s gotten some kind of second virginity through grief. That’s what she’s selling – virginal, untouched, fragile, delicate, easily broken. It’s BS.

As for the “taking a break” thing – fine. Sure. Good for her. She’s much, much too “fragile” to handle much more of this.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, WENN.

 

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  1. mln76 says:

    Usually I can give her a break when she mentions Heath -because together or not at the time of his death they have a child together. This one on the other hand gets a bitch please.

  2. SG says:

    What? Given your strong opinion of her, you’ll even take “lackluster” Rooney Mara over Michelle Williams?

    I’m shocked.

  3. brin says:

    She is a bit melodramatic. If she really wanted siblings for her daughter she could adopt, this “selfless mother” role seems to be one she enjoys.

    • Julia says:

      Excellent point– honestly, I had never thought about the adoption option. But, you’re exactly right– adoption could have been an option if she had really been intent on the sibling thing….

    • T.C. says:

      Sperm banks are also available. So she is pretty much trying to say ONLY Heath could have given her a second child. Bitch please!

      • Malificent says:

        I think a lot of people are missing the point that Michelle is not a single parent; she is an ONLY parent. While she can certainly hire help, if she’s a conscientious parent (and she appears to be), she understands that her parenting is non-stop. No evenings or weekends or summer vacations when she’s not a parent, and her child is never with the other parent when she’s not with her. Single identifies your marital status; it does not identify your status as a co-parent with someone else.

        I’m also an only parent, and I’ve found that my experience is very different from most of my divorced friends. I have more in common with my friends who are widowed or have exes that abandoned their families.

        And it’s not as simple as justing “go to a sperm bank” to have another child. I did that — and it was one of the biggest, most difficult decisions of my life to make that choice. It’s one thing when fate deprives a child of a parent — it’s entirely another to deliberately bring a child into this world knownig that there is a parent that they will never know, not even through memories.

        My son is the joy of my life, and I’m glad that I made the decisions that brought him into this world as exactly the person he is. But I also understand that those choices are not without repercussions for me and for him.

    • Shay Kay says:

      I don’t think the adoption option is for everyone. My husband and I decided early on that we would adopt if we couldn’t have biological children but we did have two biological children..I am not saying that either child/option is better only that everyone has their own feelings on the subject and those should be respected. Often people say “Well if they/she/he really wanted children they’d adopt” and I think that simplifies a complicated matter. Only for a person who feels that emotionally and psychologically in their heart that they should adopt is the choice the right one and by the same token someone who does not feel that way should not adopt. I actually think that adopting without having the right heart about it is a rather selfish thing to do. Children aren’t puppies you can try on for size so there needs to be more than a “I want children now” or “I want a sibling for my child now” mentality to it.

    • Enny says:

      I really think she wanted Matilda to have both similarly-aged siblings AND a stable family unit. She wanted Matilda and siblings to have a father/father figure – even if not Heath, she wanted there to be a stable, permanent male figure to be the co-parent. Not to say that there aren’t things to jump all over here (there are), but I think we’re unnecessarily reading too much into the sibling comments – and perhaps it’s actually commendable that she doesn’t want to have children, whether adopted or biological, just for the sake of having them, outside of a family unit, if that’s what Matilda had with Heath and what she hopes Matilda and her siblings will have again.

  4. Eleonor says:

    I can’t stand her anymore.
    Ok he was the love of her life and the father of Matilda, I get it, we ALL get it. BUT.
    She is not the only person in the world who has lost someone important. MOVE ON..and for Godsake there must be something else she can talk about. Or there isn’t?

  5. Marianne says:

    Well she doesn’t say anything about not ever having kids again. Just that she can’t have kids close to Matilda’s age.

    I never used to mind when she talked about Heath in interviews, because they bring up the topic. But it does seem like Michelle is bringing up being a single mother more and more.

    • podzol says:

      I think it’s a “comfort zone” for her to go into, more than anything else. Like, intense Oscar campaign means putting yourself out there, and I guess Michelle feels safer talking about this topic, making that her #1 talking point. I wish actors didn’t feel pressured to sell themselves in that personal, tabloidy way (why can’t it just be about selling the performance?) for a gold statuette, but it’s pretty inoffensive.

      To be honest, I find the site’s pov re: Michelle to be a bit melodramatic, more than Michelle’s supposed melodrama ;) I will agree however that the affected porcelain voice is annoying!

  6. Tapioca says:

    So Brad Pitt can promote himself with “I’m a parent, I’m pushing my relationship, give me an Oscar” drivel all he likes, but Michelle can’t?

    Equality please!

    Jean DJ & Viola Davis are certainties to win on Feb 26th anyway…

    • mln76 says:

      Ugh she can talk about Matilda as much as she wants (IMO) It’s the talking about Heath that reeks to me pretending their relationship was different then we all know it was at the end of his life.

      • SLM says:

        I haven’t gotten the impression she has pretended that they were anything.

        She has interviewed that he was very important to her, and the father of her child. I have fond feelings and love for a man I was in a relationship 11 years ago, we had no children together. and haven’t spoken in ages – and if he died, I’d be heartbroken. He was an important person in my life. Just because they weren’t actively in a romantic relationship doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a lot of love there, if simply the love of parenting their child.

    • Lis says:

      Actually, I find Brad’s campaigning equally annoying. Just campaign for the Oscar, dammit.

      (Anyone else wondering why Pitt and Hill are nominated in the first place? Moneyball was good. It wasn’t that good.)

      • Tapioca says:

        Steven Zallian (Schindler’s List, Gangs of New York & American Gangster) & Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The West Wing & The Social Network) wrote the script. They have 5 Oscar noms between them and one win each.

        These are the guys that made the likes of Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz momentarily look like credible actors!

      • Pop Rocks says:

        Agree on all counts. Moneyball was a perfectly fine film, but that jaw tick that Pitt has rolled out in half a dozen films is getting on my effing nerves.

        Pitt has also taken his Oscar campaign waaaaay too far. After rolling out all the personal kid stuff in every interview over the last nine months (6 Years?) he is now actually dangling marriage in front of voters. It’s just gross. If he and Angie, or rather, their kids, want them to get married so badly, just shut up and do it already.

        I think there is a real double standard here when it comes to these campaigns. Women get shredded for campaigning too much while Clooney and Pitt get to campaign as much as they want and most of the media thinks it’s adorable.

        I could go either way on Viola Davis and Meryl Streep since I love them both so much. As for the men, I hope the French guy takes it since my Fassy didn’t even get nominated. Ugh, I hate awards season. It’s total BS at this point.

    • islandgirl says:

      What does Brad Pitt have to do with this? The last time I checked this was about Michelle

    • Day says:

      @Tapioca….THANK YOU. You came on here and said exactly what I was about to say. How the hell is this any different than Brad harping on endlessly about his kids and relationship. As much as I like Angelina, I would be a complete hypocrite to knock anybody for whoring out their kids/family when Brad and Angie do it more than any couple in Hollywood. That is the problem with people here. They have no shame coming off as hypocrites. Brad Pitt is doing the EXACT same thing she is doing and it is equally annoying. But, she gets a ‘bitch, please’ while he gets praised. FOH. Brad has been shoving this same nonsense down the public’s throat since they became a couple. And, they just eat it up. If he wanted to marry Angie, he would have by now. It has nothing to do w/the kids and gays. I really don’t see the pt to it now. They have a bunch of children that will tie them together for life. Why complicate things by getting married? I want him to lose just for the way he shameless use his children anytime he see fit.

    • TG says:

      I am not buying Brad’s fake “wanting to marry Angie” Oscar campaign either. These people will do and say anything to get an Oscar. And the taking time off is the biggest joke of all. It is easy before the Oscar’s to say that and right after take on a new project that she “just couldn’t turn down”. Ha-ha. Don’t all the hollywood mommies claim to be taking time off to just be a mommy? Wish I could do that, but no I have to work. These high level A-Listers will sell their marriage and their children just to win an Oscar and frankly I don’t know why. Once they win the Oscar the quality of thier movies and work just goes down. (Theron, Berry, Roberts, Witherspoon, etc.)

  7. marge says:

    so… adoption not even an option, uh?

    I’m with you Kaiser, this fragile-virgin-sacrifical-victim persona is BS, and getting old

    • Jayna says:

      Maybe she didn’t want to be a single, working mom to a second child, knowing how hard it is. She probably wanted a mate to create a family unit for a second child.

      • ol cranky says:

        if that’s the case, Ledger’s death is not the reason she doesn’t have the suitable mate. I feel bad that her daughter lost her father but, while I’m sure she was grieving the need to end the relationship, she and Ledger had split up before his death.

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        It probably wouldn’t be so annoying if she would own up to the fact that she has dated men since Heath, even before he died. So, there were other options for potential fathers to Michelle’s future children if the relationships had lasted longer and taken that route. You are so right about the “The Widow Ledger” Michelle.

  8. Lis says:

    She just annoys me now.

    I honestly don’t mind the campaigning – and that’s what this is all about. She and Weinstein really want those Oscars.

    I don’t mind the tough as nails need to get her awards and all that comes with it.

    It’s how she’s framing it. As though she’s so delicate and fragile, and only want to sit at home being a mommy…

    (I’m not knocking mothers here. I’m knocking all the mythology that comes with motherhood.)

    I wish, just for once, that women could admit to being career focused and ruthless. And that we’d let them.

    Oh, and I hated her character in “Blue Valentine”. I ended up completely on the side of Gosling’s character.

  9. Tiegan says:

    I don’t get it. These are the exact same quotes from GQ, Us Weekly has just lifted and re-arranged them.

    She said she wanted to have a child closer to Matilda’s age, but she couldn’t make that happen. Not that she couldn’t make that happen because Heath isn’t around to father other children, or because she’s grown a new heartbreak hymen…

    I’m lost, why is any of this offensive? Or why wasn’t it offensive when it was printed in GQ?

    • lrm says:

      EXACTLY!
      I thought this was an excerpt plopped into US mag. She was saying that the possibility of close in age siblings, whomever the father of the sibling were to be, did not and cannot happen now, b/c her child is 6. I have a child who’s ten and we always planned on a second, 5 yrs apart….but 5 yrs ago, things just were not in a good position to do so and have not been since…and I have felt grief about this, as well. And i’m with the father of my child still.

      I took it to mean what she said: that the option for siblings 2 or 3 yrs apart, is no longer, and she had to let go of that dream. I did the same thing, and it really is a grief of sorts. but you cannot force it, and yes, you have other options…..

      anyway, the mothering for an oscar schtick IS getting old. but i dont get the hate for her in this post. I like her as an actress and she doesn’t annoy me overall.next.

  10. Jayna says:

    No, that is not what she is saying. She has had two relationships since Heath. I am sure she thought she would be married by now and had another child. Those relationships didn’t work out and she is not in a serious relationship now, so that dream of Matilda having a sibling close in age is gone. She knows how hard being a single
    mom is and working. I am sure she wanted a partner for the second one, not doing it on her own.

  11. NM6804 says:

    That’s what I meant by using Ledger to further this weird dual image she’s taken on. She doesn’t need all this crap, she is a beautiful, smart, extremely talented woman who can do without this fakeness. Also, I know her grief stands on its own, regardless of them not being together anymore at the time of his death. He is the father of her child thus will have an eternal connection and their affair was very intense. Plus Matilda looks like Ledger, painful to say the least BUT why act as if it’s the biggest romance of all time? It wasn’t, it was sad and short lived so stop rehashing and using this to create some sort image of you “suffering for the art and life in general”, it’s beneath you Michelle!

  12. Kola says:

    This woman is so boring to me.There’s something about her that annoys me.

  13. O'Connell says:

    I am a widow with children myself. I think what Michelle is concerned about is that she hasn’t found anyone, since Heath, that she has really fallen in love with. She thought by now she would. She thought by now she would be married. It hasn’t happened. That part of her life is unsettled, and she is deeply troubled by it. Instead Matilda is already six, and Michelle is still unattached with all the demands and responsibilities that come with being a single parent. I think taking a break is wonderful idea. Working is soooo hard when you are a single parent with a young child or children.

  14. dontcallmesherly says:

    EVERYONE IS ANNOYING ME! Clooney acting like a jerk (oh right), Pitt talking about his kids and her beloved Angie, carrying that fucking stick at the Globes. Michelle and her – Oh my god, poor of me, i’m a sad widow and my daughter is the love of my life, except for the love of my life who is dead – SERIOUSLY THOUGH, EVERYONE IS GETTING MAD TO WIN A OSCAR. I love Meryl, Jean and Jessica the only ones who are not desperately campaining…or at least they do not show it desperately

  15. serena says:

    I kind of hate the fragile-act too, but I think she meant to say she wanted to give Matilda sibilings while she was still very little, and now the age gap is too much, or something like that.
    That could apply to anyone she dated after Heat.

    At least, I hope.

  16. Az says:

    Ha. Lainey totally called this. Michelle must REALLY want that Oscar. Possibly even more than Clooney or Pitt want that other Oscar.

  17. Minx2 says:

    I rarely say anything about Michelle simply because I never liked her and always thought she used Heath, their relationship and his untimely death to further her career but I saw how everyone just adored the fragile “widow”, so I kept my mouth shut. I remember reading an interview with Heath in which he spoke about their relationship. Basically, according to him, on the first days of shooting Brokeback Mountain, she broke her leg while sledding or something and he kind of felt it was HIS fault and ever since, he said, he felt that he had to “take care of her”. As to getting pregnant, he had no clue how it happened.. he said “our bodies made that decision for us” and of course loved Mathilda to bits and was loyal to Michelle as well. But after their relationship fell apart, Michelle used Mathilda to fight with Heath, which, according to Terry Gilliam, drove Heath insane with pain, hence problems with sleep, drugs etc.
    I will never buy the “little girl lost” act she’s selling. Lainey predicted a mommy track Oscar campaign and here is it. I hope people finally see though the act.

    • Mimi says:

      I don’t think Michelle used Heath or her relationship with him to benefit herself in any way. I think she truly loved him and was absolutely devastated when he died. I think she was really hoping they would work things out and get back together. I also believe it is time for her to stop talking about him in interviews. She going to be judged no matter what she says.

  18. Eve says:

    Duana’s (from Laineygossip) take on her campaign is best one, in my opinion. I agree with everything she says here:

    http://www.laineygossip.com/Articles/Details/22526/Michelle-Williams-reaches-the-limit-at-the-SAG-Awards-2012

  19. Julie says:

    Oh, yes, please do take a break because you will be giving me one from this holier than now fake persona. If it’s not fake, stop telling how you giving 100% to you daughter is better for it. (Personally I don’t think it is; give to yourself and that in turn helps the kids/family. Only give, give and give to others and everyone gets short changed.)

  20. Samantha says:

    This is so irksome because Michelle never seemed like THAT GIRL before, you know?It’s all so incredibly contrived and FAKE seeming. Ugh.

  21. Mrs. Darcy says:

    I get that it’s hard not to be cynical, why announce this now, it does all seem very campaign-y. But I can’t help but think she is surrounded by agents, Hairy Weinsteins, etc. pressuring her to do this, to play it like this. Not saying it’s an excuse per se, but maybe she thinks, why not,this could be my one real shot at an Oscar? Yes, it’s phony blah blah blah but that’s the industry they are in. Last year it was Melissa Leo getting slated for begging for that Oscar, it’s what all actors want, not everyone can pull off the humble I don’t really want it but I do thing with conviction. I dunno. I haven’t seen the movie as it looks bad but I do think she’s decent in most things, if a bit overrated. She doesn’t annoy me as much as that smug Natalie Portman last year or god forbid Julia Roberts.She does need to ease up on the Heath stuff as it doesn’t seem to be winning her any points, wonder when she’ll figure that out.

    • Kathy says:

      ITA with your comments. Very well written without being too easy or hard on her.

      I have a tendancy to have a more nasty reaction to her (I admit it!), so I try not to post about her for fear my comments will just add fuel to the fire/debate over her. But I think you’ve made some very good points.

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        I’m not always so objective, I just feel like everyone is jumping on this girl for campaigning for an Oscar, which is what they all do. From Goop to Julia Roberts, mostly the winners campaign hard. I think a lot of the antagonism towards her is from Heath fans, understandably sick of what they see as her milking his memory. I do get the antagonism, I just don’t think she’s quite as cleverly manipulative as she’s being given credit for.

  22. Onyx XV says:

    Good. She can take a permanent break from acting as far as I’m concerned. She’s one of the most (if not the most) overrated actresses out there. I’ve never enjoyed anything she’s been in and I most certainly will not be seeing that new Marilyn movie. I can’t think of a worst casting choice to play MM. That was really a shame.

    Anyway, so much for “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” – I blew that one!

  23. LeeLoo says:

    Her cynicism bugs me. If she needs to take a break from acting and return when she can have better attitude, so be it.

  24. Rita says:

    A few weeks ago I saw Michelle with a genuine non-red carpet smile and laugh. She is radiant with an honest smile. Needs to let it out more often.

  25. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    Sounds like she and George have a lot in common.

    BUT, while I feel it’s a bit try hard campaign-y there are certain things in an actor’s personal life that they will be tied to forever and it will always be their selling point whether they want it or not.

    -Michelle and Heath
    -Brad and Angie and the Kids and marraige (and HER)
    -If Crackie ever gets herself together, it will always be about her crackie days of yore
    -Tom, Scientology and chair jumping
    -Nicole and Tom Cruise
    -Courtney Love and Kurt

    I think how and when you sell it makes the difference. Like, I think Nicole handled the Tom thing really well.

  26. Atticus says:

    Michelle said something in an interview about how, though they were not together at the time of his death, her greatest hope and expectation was that they would reunite. I can only imagine how devastating his loss was to her. They had a child together, he was on a path of self-destruction that she couldn’t save him from, and then he dies. That must be the defining relationship of her life, and she is now – as Malificent very eloquently and poignantly put it – is an ONLY parent, not a single parent. I cut Michelle slack on any mention of Heath Ledger.

    Rita, I agree with you. I think Michelle is a very guarded person and given what she’s been through, she has to be. It’s nice to get a glimpse of her enjoying life now and again.

  27. VanRijn says:

    Does anyone else think it was a BAD year for movies?? I mean, there were a few really good films, but nothing mind blowing right? If it was a different year…I don’t think either Rooney or Michelle would be up for awards…I didn’t even think The Help was Great. It was good; I enjoyed it; I might have teared up at one point, but I don’t think it’s the masterpiece everyone is making it out to be. Honestly, the best stuff I saw this year was on television.

  28. skuddles says:

    Michelle is not, and has never been, a fame ho. I don’t think she particularly enjoys the life of an actor and being in the glare of the spotlight, so it’s an easy fall-back for her to say she wants to take time off to be with Matilda. I suspect she’d be doing that anyway, with or without her little girl, but Mommydom certainly makes it easier to explain. I hope she works past her grief and embraces love again – her little one needs to see Mommy happy in the present and not clinging so hard to the past.

  29. SamiHami says:

    Oh, please. She is a total and complete famewhore, and a pretty crappy actress to boot. Instead of an oscar, she needs acting lessons. And a mirror. That hair is insanely horrible.

  30. Camille (The original) says:

    This pretty much sums up how I feel about Michelle now: *MASSIVE eyeroll*

  31. Zoe says:

    Speak for yourself, I think Michelle Williams is very sexy. Also, as a trained actor and someone very familiar with Marilyn’s work, she did incredible voice work and gave an impeccable performance. Whether or not you thought the movie was “deeply flawed”, that’s not her fault, she’s responsible for performance only, and she delivered on every level. The movie wasn’t just about Marilyn’s sex appeal, it was about the fragile broken soul underneath that she feared no one would find sexy if they knew the truth, and Michelle brought that, which was the meat of the script and the heart of the character. Marilyn was much more than a hot piece, and that’s what this movie was about. Michelle was fantastic, and I hope she wins. I don’t get the hostility here, nor do I agree with what’s been said. The woman is a single mother, good for her setting her priorities. So what if she decides she just wants one child? Jeez, perhaps a few of you should try walking in her shoes and see how well you’d handle what this young woman has had to go through the last several years. Good for her for growing as an artist and person and taking care of her child and responsibilities, I wish more people in Hollywood would take a hint and focus on something outside of themselves.

  32. HA! says:

    I applaud the fact that she wants to take a break and spend more time with her daughter. I truly wish i could do that. We celebitchers are so ambivalent, if Michelle wants to take a break after the Oscars, we bitch about it…if she wasn’t taking a break but filming more movies…then we would still bitch about…i don’t get it.
    Let’s save the ill comments and hate to those who deserve it: Jennibitch Lopez, BJ Blohan, Jessica Blimpson…and…who am i forgetting…ah yea! Natalie K-fedman…i mean none of us bitched when she took a break to give birth to the first letter of the hebrew alphabeth, right? come on!

  33. Belle says:

    Wow… surprised at all of the hate. I have never gotten the impression that Michelle is an attention seeker, or that she has ‘used’ Heath’s death to further her career. Has anyone considered the fact that when she does do an interview, that she is probably always being asked about Heath, and then asked about their daughter… and then possibly questions about her future, such as more children, etc.?
    Oh, and has been pointed out… she is not a SINGLE mother… she is the only parent… much different. When she speaks of having wanted to give her daughter a sibling close in age, I have to believe she is thinking that if she hadn’t gotten back together with Heath, then she would have found love with another by now. Nothing wrong with this… and again, you have to assume that someone is ASKING her about this stuff.

    • cr says:

      They may be asking it, but she’s under no obligation to answer it. I know talking about it does help with grief, but perhaps she should consider not talking about it during interviews, at least not for some time.
      I think taking a break would be a very good thing for her, spend more time with Matilda, do some non-acting type stuff, etc.

      • Kathy says:

        ITA. The question is an invitation, when she answers it, she willingly accepts that invitation. She is under no obligation to answer and has every right and power to decline. When she doesn’t decline and adds a new sound bite to this ongoing commentary she becomes a willing participant. She then does bear some responsibility IMO.

  34. Kate says:

    I dunno. I think a sane, adult parent who knows how hard single motherhood is would want to be in a committed relationship before having more kids, and not just think any old penis would do. So her comments there make complete sense to me. I mean, I had my first kid at 34, despite wanting a large family, because I was from a single parent home myself and knew what that was like. I wanted to be with the right guy if I was planning babies. Money alone can’t compensate for total responsibility. I can see why Michelle Williams might feel she just hasn’t met the right guy, so hasn’t had more kids close in age to her first.

  35. Carla says:

    The issue I have with Michelle is that she never wanted to talk about Heath before but now conveniently when it’s Oscar campaigning time, she does. She did last year and now this year. I understand her daughter looks so much like him and it’s tough, but I wonder if the whole sad widow thing has to do with her feeling quilty. There were rumors of how she shut Heath out of Matilda’s life which supposedly sent him more into a depression/drugs. Does she feel guilty because she took that time away from her daughter and is reminded of it everytime she sees Matilda’s face. If it’s all an act, then shame on her but if she’s being sincere, then she needs counselling.

  36. Tiffany says:

    Her role in Marilyn was in the comedy/musical catagory and her win at the Golden Globes means that her and Weinstein were fighting and fighting hard. I still cannot believe that she won, what a joke. Whoever does her PR, money well earned. She for a minute actually had me beiieving her.

  37. CTgirl says:

    Dear Michelle,

    There isn’t anyone here who isn’t sorry that Heath Ledger died. However, you really need to quit acting like a grieving widow. You two weren’t together when he died. In general we would have more respect for your loss if you would suffer in silence. Please. Just. Stop. Talking.

    Thank you.

  38. mcmiller says:

    it’s about time this bore takes a break. she’s always selling Matida and Heath when it comes time to promote movies. i’m tired of hearing her talk about Matilda needing her and “letting” her work and how hard it is to leave her at home. then don’t. it’s simple. go be a teacher, or something that doesn’t involve being away from hoe for weeks or months at a time. or choose films that keep you close to home. or, really, my favorite option: shut up!

  39. Lisa says:

    Wow, talk about taking things out of context. I read that interview and that’s not what she was saying. She was saying that she did feel pressure to start dating, to get over Heath and provide that family. But she couldn’t move things to go slower or faster. She couldn’t be with Heath and have another baby and she couldn’t get over her grief fast enough to mate with a new man either.

    Her daughter is probably seven or going to be seven that time probably feels short, and her father died at the age of three. Grief is a long process and that time probably feels like it’s been a year or two, not five.

  40. If anybody NON cinema/film people could shut up for a moment or 15 min. – I dont care about Heath Ledger – because they was´not married – this here is only an Academy Award between Michelle Williams (Marilyn), Meryl Streep (Thatcher) and Viola Davis (The Help)for best actress. Ready? I prefer 100 pct., that the beauty 31 years old sweetheart from NYC (Yes, she is a real big sweetheart, finito), Michelle Williams, easily could take the Oscar tonight from the hands of Colin Firth, IF the Jury(?) could do the right thing. But can they??? MW is/was outstanding, MS was workin´ hard as ever, but the Thatcher-film was so “silly”(Yep) and The Help is only a supporting role – sorry Viola. Hope, you are glad for your SAG Award, and Michelle Williams – hope you are glad for your Spirit Award 2012 yesterday, and your GG in january. Congratulations. So everybody: Do the right thing tonight – and the US will be proud of Michelle Williams!!! and Michelle Ingrid Williams, Matilda´s well respected mother, is the fair winner (actress) 2011/2012!Have a very nice evening everybody at The Kodak Theater in L.A.!