At this point, I think all of us have gotten used to the familiar tradition of Celebrity Mothering. As soon as a (usually B-list) celebrity has a baby, suddenly they are in the Mom Business, and they start mommy-blogging, mommy-shilling or developing some projects involving motherhood and babies or whatever. Jessica Alba is a good example of this. Nicole Richie is another great example. Gwyneth Paltrow is too, although I think her shtick is less about motherhood (motherhood plays a part, though) and more about Gwyneth wanting to “advise” peasants on what they’re doing wrong. I can’t go onto People Magazine without seeing some B-list or C-list “mommy” doing some blogging for the site, and on and on.
So what happens when the celebrity mom is A-list and she has a full career as, you know, an actress? What happens when the celebrity mom is Michelle Williams?
Michelle Williams’ passion project won’t be shown on-screen anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean the Oz the Great and Powerful actress is any less proud of it. Williams, 32, recently told Paper magazine that her biggest off-screen project right now is raising her 7-year-old daughter, Matilda.
“Raising the kid is the work, yeah. And it’s amazing, and it’s the ultimate creative act,” she told the publication at the Kate Young for Target party on Tuesday, April 9. “That’s my side project and my center project.”
Matilda is Williams’ daughter with her late ex, actor Heath Ledger.
Williams, who debuted an edgy new haircut at the star-studded event, added that for her, she enjoys concentrating all her energy into only a few things at a time.
“I wish I had side projects!” she said of pursuing other passions outside of work. “I’m kind of like a ‘one thing at a time’ girl. I can’t really take on [more]. 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.”
The Blue Valentine actress quietly split with boyfriend Jason Segel earlier this year after just under a year of dating. The A-list couple maintained a low-profile romance throughout their relationship, with Segel only speaking vaguely about Williams in an interview with Extra last April.
“I think we would just very much like to be happy,” he said at the time. “That’s all I’m going to say about it.”
To be fair to Michelle, I think she’s telling the truth – she’s a single mom and an A-list actress, and I believe that she pretty much just spends her time working and mothering. To be fair to Michelle, I think she was just answering specific questions about her “side projects”. But I also think she was throwing some subtle shade: “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.” Ha! Hear that Goop? Michelle thinks your “cooking classes” are adorable. She wishes she had time to do that kind of stuff, but she’s too busy being an in-demand actress.
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