Michelle Williams: ‘I read poems on my phone when I wake up in the morning’


I’ve got some good news and some bad news. Good news: Michelle Williams has finally grown out her pixie after many, many months of awkwardness. That’s the thing about pixie cuts: they are a bitch to grow out. Bad news: Michelle really seems to want to make the white-blonde color happen. And I’m not in love with it. Overall though, I’d say that she looks really good in this Elle UK editorial for the April cover. But I would like to see her soften her blonde. Or even go brunette (she looked nice as a brunette). Michelle is wearing Louis Vuitton in every shot of this editorial too – she’s the current face of LV, so there you go. Anyway, here are some excerpts from Michelle’s interview:

Her work-life-mom balance: ‘You truly never know what’s going to happen. And to have things go wrong, or to make mistakes in real time and then be able to assimilate whatever is different is a tremendous feeling. To find in those moments that one doesn’t stop, or perish, or run away, but that you can rely on yourself to process things and keep going.’

She’s exhausted: ‘I feel like I’m so good at raising a kid when I’m not working. I don’t forget anything. I’ve got everything covered. It’s a real luxury to have a moment when I’m not scrambling. I feel like most of my life, I’m trying to do two things at once, both to the best of my abilities. So that leaves me feeling pretty exhausted. I’m the person who falls asleep all the time. You invite me over for dinner or to a party, and there’s a whole scrapbook of pictures of me napping. I’ve even been given a nickname because of my snoring.’

She doesn’t do Twitter, but she reads poetry: ‘I love poetry because it’s like a shot, like an attack, like a dose. And for a person who doesn’t have very much free time, it does its work very quickly. So I read poems on my phone when I wake up in the morning. It opens you up for the rest of the day, and suddenly your life becomes a little more observed. And when it becomes more observed, it can’t help but start to become more beautiful.’

[From Elle UK]

I could not read poetry as soon as I woke up. But then again, I read Page Six as soon as I wake up (gossip blogging is totes glamorous). But I feel her when she says “it’s like a shot, like an attack, like a dose…” I’m reading and writing all day for work. When I’m reading for fun, most days I need something simple, which is why I go with magazines or essay collections or short stories. I’m done with something in 20 minutes, which is perfect for me.

As for the rest of it… I feel like we’ve been hearing a lot less about Michelle’s personal life in the past two years or so. There was a marked decrease as soon as she was done with Jason Segel. She dated an artist named Dustin Yellin for a year, but they broke up last May and from what I can see, she’s been pretty much single since. I’d like her to find someone, but I always get the feeling (from her interviews) that she lives with the ghost, you know?


Photos courtesy of Kerry Hallihan/Elle UK.

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  1. Sisi says:

    Heh, I read Dlisted first thing in the morning, so almost poetry 😉

    • roundbelly says:

      10 years on still going strong. Absolute poetry. Love Michael K.

    • Lottie says:

      You’re not alone.

      • Maefabulous says:

        Amen to that.
        I read an article on there on my lunch-hour last week, in which Cameron Diaz was referred to as a ‘legendary dick hunter’ and nearly spat my coffee across the office.


    • kibbles says:

      Love Michael K. I’ve been reading Dlisted since college.

    • Rhiley says:

      I love DListed but don’t read it at work because 1) the language is a little much and I don’t know how much my internet activity is monitored here, and 2)It always makes me laugh out loud, sometimes to the point of tears- The Barefoot C*ntessa and the Carrie Underwood after Sound of Music Live for instance. So it is best I don’t read DListed at work. An aside, Michelle Williams skin is gorgeous, and while the hair color is not good, the cut looks great.

    • Tristan says:

      Hahaha MK is the funniest blogger ever! Best way to start one’s day is to read his Night Crumbs & the stuff written while we are asleep here in Europe! I have actually had face & belly ache from laughing so hard, especially his takes on the Kartrashians

      • kri says:

        Michael K needs to write a memoir or something, a la David Sedaris. He is hilarious and original, and when things are really bad, I will go right to that site. He’s awesome. And I like MW. I don’t even mind her hair. She looks gorgeous in these photos.

    • Venuslotus says:

      Same here! And now I love Alison (the newish blogger on D-listed), she’s really funny as well.

    • littlestar says:

      D Listed is a guaranteed laugh. Anytime I read it at home, I have to read it out loud so my husband can hear how funny Michael K is.

  2. dr mantis toboggan says:

    I don’t hate her hair. Actually, I think I like it. Tell us the nickname!

    • Tifygodess24 says:

      I like the hair as well. That’s a hard color to pull off, most women can’t rock it but I think she does.

    • QQ says:

      I love the hair and the color ON HER, and also I LOVED the pixie on her and her “awkward” (what? not to me she looked kickass) stage.. so much so I have it saved on my phone from different angles so that I might follow when/if I grow mine out.. but yeah I’m like the Short Hair Cheer Squad… Like on anyone but the Hough Girl and Miley Cyrus I’ve been here for it

      • Shambles says:

        The Hough Girl hahaha… I love your comments, QQ

      • Esmom says:

        So true, she doesn’t have seemed to have a single awkward moment with growing out her pixie, nor has she taken the magical route and gone with extensions.

    • Kosmos says:

      At least in the photo shoot, her hair color looks great–edgy and modern, but I’d have to also see it in an everyday setting to get the big picture.

  3. Kaley says:

    I really like her and Jason Segal as a couple. He seemed to be really good with her daughter.

    • Nya says:

      Jason Segel is a creepy freak. He has/had a drinking problem, and is obsessed with Muppets, and just…..no.

      • Hudson Girl says:

        My favorite picture ever of Jason S. is by a Pap of him getting into his car after a one night stand holding… 2 muppets (WTF?!) and the most sheepish expression on his face. I was rolling. 😂

  4. Lb says:

    I’m trying to get back into reading after a seven year hiatus but it isn’t easy. I feel like I have to re-read things over and over again to understand – that’s how badly my concentration and reading comprehension have been shot. So I can identify with wanting a quick “shot.” That said, I can’t deal with poetry, especially in the morning. My high school English teachers destroyed that for me.

    • Nya says:

      You haven’t read anything…….for 7 years? Um ok.

      • AustenGirl says:

        That’s pretty condescending. Reading for pleasure is sometimes hard to do because one must have time to escape into a book for several hours at a time in order to grasp the story. When someone is working and balancing other aspects of life (partnership, children, maintaining a home, commuting, etc.), it can be hard to work in time to read.

        Also, society is moving away from promoting book culture–we have so many technology distractions. I’m focusing on books, even though Lb didn’t specify, because that is what most people mean by “reading.” Obviously, Lb is reading this blog and probably many other types of texts.

        Don’t be so smug. It’s too early for that and poetry!

      • Ash says:

        Right, a little harsh and passive aggressive there. I love to read. I had a stroke at 27 and it took away my short term memory, So reading is still very enjoyable but a little harder for me to do now because I have trouble remembering some things I read. Also, I have three little ones to take care of, one with significant medical needs. I read Celebitchy, keep with my news, etc. I read novels they just take longer for me now. So I get you Lb. And I think she was obviously just referring to not being able to read novels. She obviously reads the site. A little early to be hitching to our high horses.

      • LB says:

        I’ve read travel magazines and newspaper articles and obviously blogs. Maybe one novella. Also text related to my profession. But yes I was referring to novels/books for pleasure. Thank you to those who understood what I meant lol.

      • Ali says:

        I find that when I have a lot going on, (ie kids, stress at work, sick mom) I cannot commit to reading a book until things calm down. I’m still not finished a book I started reading while on vacation last September.

      • Cindy says:

        Nice not so subtle insult. But I guess it made you feel better? Umm…ok.

      • GByeGirl says:

        I’m a voracious reader, but I went through a stint where I barely read for 3 years. We all have our things…let’s not be judgmental.

    • Malificent says:

      I have to read — it keeps me from going crazy. But it comes at a price. Less sleep, child needing attention. Or another load of undone dishes, sheets that need changing, that work deadline looming. So, I sneak it in when I can.

  5. Mzizkrizten says:

    I’d be living with the ghost too if my super hot guy died in such a way. I couldn’t stand her in Dawson’s Creek LOL she was an interloper!! but she grew on me over the years.

  6. Bananapants says:

    Well, I read Celebitchy upon waking, so obviously, I’m the intelligent being in this scenario. Where’s my trophy?

  7. Granger says:

    I love when celebs talk about the difficulties of work-life-parenting balance. I’m not saying they don’t struggle to find that balance — every parent does — but listening to someone who only works three or four months a year whine about it makes my head spin. Add Michelle’s inane comment that she feels like she’s a much better parent when she’s not working? Well, honey, isn’t it nice to have that option?

    • Norman Bates' Mother says:

      I think it’s a little unfair to put it that way because she wasn’t going full-Goop and talking about how much worse she has it than us mere mortals. She stated she has a luxury to be able to not work and be with her child. All parents have their difficulties and one person should not be banned from talking about theirs because others have it worse. “Ordinary” working moms have it very hard because they usually are away for at least 8 hours a day but then they come home and see their child. Acting mothers very often leave their children for those months they are filming on location and they don’t see them until the filming is over. Filming of one movie might last 3 months but there’s also preparation which can last the other 3 – readings, fittings, training, auditioning for other movies, promotional duties. Then they can have as much free time with their children as they want, so of course they are in a better position but it doesn’t make it an ideal situation. She was simply stating that it’s difficult to balance those two worlds. I don’t know if Matilda travels with her but Cate Blanchett usually makes at least two movies a year and she said she leaves her children home. I don’t think you can feel like you are parenting your children the best you can when you are filming on another continent and they are in Australia, even with all the money and help they have. Excluding those who feel no guilt for leaving their children with the nanny, it can be exhausting even though their lives are generally easier and more comfortable due to the lack of money problems.

      • MelissaManifesto says:

        “One person should not be banned from talking about theirs because others have it worse.” THIS +5,000,000,000,000

        You have articulated my thoughts so eloquently Norman Bates’ Mother. There is a lot of resentment I find online when anyone who is more financially stable states how hard it is to parent. Everyone no matter how wealthy or poor has to deal with a different set of issues, they all need balance especially when it comes to family matters.

      • tracking says:

        Right. And even with help, parenting solo is HARD.

    • tealily says:

      Eh, it didn’t seem like she was whining to me. She was just noting how much easier her life is when she isn’t working. I think we can all relate to that!

  8. ToodySezHey says:

    I disagree I love her hair on the photo with the white and black dress.

    I’m feeling her with the platinum blinder and salute her inner Khaleesi.

  9. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I wish I loved poetry, but I don’t. I feel like it’s a personal failure, that I SHOULD like it. I love language, I love the written word, I live to read, so why don’t I like poetry? So much of it stinks, that’s why. I think.

    • AustenGirl says:

      GNAT, I know what you mean about feeling like it’s a personal failure! Me too! And, I have degrees in English. I could never write poetry or appreciate it more than for its technical achievement. The only poet I’ve really admired is Langston Hughes–love, love creative works that have a powerful social message. I much prefer a well-constructed essay, a humorous memoir, or an intriguing story.

    • maeliz says:

      I also never enjoyed reading poetry. I thought I was the only one. When I read, I have to find it really interesting or I lose concentration easily. Poetry never kept me interested

    • Esmom says:

      Lol, there’s good poetry but it’s true that a lot of it stinks. It was actually a Poetry 101 class in college that made me decide to switch to an English major, I loved it then. Richard Wilbur was a favorite. But now I prefer to read novels.

      And there’s no way I could write poetry. My MIL does, and has faithfully submitted to the New Yorker for years. I guess it gives her something to do. I often wonder if they read hers seriously or just roll their eyes when they receive their weekly entry.

    • Kiddo says:

      A poem a day for goodnames:

      roses are red
      violets are blue
      beige booty shorts
      and a pitcher
      of comet sophies too.

      The Kiddo

    • Norman Bates' Mother says:

      I feel exactly the same as you GNAT! I love reading, I love nature (and so many poets focus on that), I search for beauty in art and for some reason, I don’t like poetry. My best friend loves poems and she always cites amazing quotes for me, but when I try to find something myself, it’s always a huge fail. I think it’s because you need large amounts of patience to filter all that crap to be able to finally find some amazing, life-improving quote she’s talking about and I simply lack this kind of patience. Th only poems I like are usually those accompanied by beautiful music, preferably Celtic.

    • MC2 says:

      I’m not a huge poetry person but my favorite is Naomi Shihab Nye & “Different Ways to Pray”. When I think I don’t like poetry I read that one three times in a row & love it!

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      I do too. I just CAN’T get into it. The only poetry I can ever read with any regularity is stuff by Shel Silverstein. The “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out” gets me every. time. Other than that, nooope. I hate reading poetry.

  10. Kristen says:

    She’s so beautiful.

    • Esmom says:

      I agree although I’m not loving the hair color. Combined with the style, she reminds me of Andy Warhol, eek.

      • magda says:

        and know is the time for strange truths: all my teenage years I tried to look like Andy Warhol.

        Michelle is beautiful and I love her hair (especially because I was stupid and coloured mine and now I don’t have this kind of commitment to bleach it again)

  11. Cody says:

    I don’t read poetry , but I read Celebitchy on my phone when I wake up. Gives me that morning laugh that I need.

  12. Kaye says:

    She looks amazingly gorgeous.

  13. Dolce crema says:

    I’ve tried that hair colour.,, it’s pretty tricky , has to be the exact right tone not too Gray or yellow. It looks dull on her here, imo

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Yes, she’s beautiful, but it doesn’t do anything for her. I think you have to be really young or a mature woman for that color to flatter you, but that’s just my opinion.

  14. blondie says:

    Sorry to disagree but I love her hair like this and I think she looks amazing!

  15. Kiddo says:

    I like the white blonde on her, especially with the second dress. I’m not sure how I feel about the bee dress.

  16. Shambles says:

    “I’d like her to find someone, but I always get the feeling (from her interviews) that she lives with the ghost, you know?” This physically stabbed at my heart a little bit. Why you do dis to me Kaiser? Rest in peace beautiful Heath

  17. manta says:

    She may have looked nice as a brunette but I always associate this hair color with her roles in Land of Plenty and Me without you, two of my favorites from her, but charged with sadness and melancholy.
    So I may be in the minority here but I prefer her hair color here.
    On the love life: didn’t she date Cary Fukunaga for a while? That was a pairing I liked for her. Brilliant, hot director, apparently drama free.

  18. perplexed says:

    How did she get so thin? (That’s not a slam as I don’t think she looks bad. I was just wondering what kind of workout regimen she follows. She just seems smaller in every year that passes, which is the opposite for the rest of us!).

  19. Katie says:

    First thing I do is roll out of bed and head for coffee. 🙂 Liking her hair longer!

  20. Embee says:

    I lost my daughter’s father in the same way Michelle did, and at about the same age (for the girls…I’m considerably older than Michelle). Like Michelle, I tried dating some really good men, but I couldn’t ever match up the guy who was good for my daughter/us as a potential family with the guy who was good for me as a woman. And over time I decided to stop trying because I was concerned that I was undermining my daughter’s sense of stability by “trying” new guys out (even though her exposure to them was very limited, they are PERCEPTIVE).

    No judgment for those who date and remarry successfully, I just didn’t seem able to, and at a certain point felt it was damaging to my daughter to try. I may be projecting but I see this in Michelle. At first you grieve, and then you actively try to find someone and then you’re like, “maybe this is too much to fit in with working, raising a child and self-care.”

    i think she looks great. And I totally relate to the falling asleep inappropriately thing.

  21. Bridget says:

    I disagree with the “living with a ghost” assessment. She and Heath were very much done by the time he died, and while it was clearly very sad it didn’t really seem like those two were back on the road to reconciliation. And she’s dated a lot since his death: Spike Jonze, Cary Fukunuga, Jason Segel, and of course this most recent artist. Though she doesn’t exactly choose husband and father material (Segel clearly wanted to be, but his obvious drinking problem probably got in the way).

    • oneshot says:

      Heath and Michelle were barely six months post-breakup and had a baby daughter, and she has publicly stated since that she’d hoped they could get back together – her hope might not have been totally realistic or mutual but it was there. And the Jonze/Fukunaga dating era does seem like it was a bit of a post-Heath displacement activity, since she also spoke of wanting Matilda to have a brother or sister but then coming to terms with the idea that it wasn’t going to happen.

      I’d say she’s living with a ghost in much the same way as Courtney Love, though of course she seems to be a much better mother and person in general than that one.

      • Bridget says:

        It was 6 months, for a relationship that only lasted 3 years, and he was already dating other people. I’m sure his death was very, very sad, but people treat her like the Widow Ledger when she wasn’t.

      • Karlie says:

        I think the “living with a ghost” thing is either a PR shtick or it’s all in her head. Heath was well known to be a major player who went through actresses and models like a clean person goes through underwear. Hot on the tail of his breakup with Naomi Watts, he hooked up with Michelle on the set of Brokeback Mountain. Six months later, bam! she’s pregnant with a guy that broke up with his long-time girlfriend (Watts) because she wanted to have kids and he didn’t. He even said in an interview that the pregnancy wasn’t planned (he loved his daughter, though, very much ). Then in Page Six and Gawker there were sightings of him kissing and walking around in NYC at 3 am with some hot model type. This was when Michelle was still pregnant. It didn’t come as a surprise to anyone at that time because people who saw them strolling in Brooklyn where they lived always commented how miserable they both looked. Lainey and good ole’ Celebitchy thought the same if you give their archives a read. Then they broke up and no one was surprised. He went on to hook up with models and starlets while he was filming The Dark Knight in Chicago, this was before they announced the break up . She started dating Jonze and so on. The thing is that their break up was far from amiable according to someone in the know They were going to fight for Matilda in court at the time of his death. I honestly think if Matilda hadn’t “happened” they would’ve went their separate ways much, much earlier than they did. Unfortunately, after Heath’s death, Michelle and the public over romanticized a relationship that wasn’t what many make it out to be.

      • Esmom says:

        I don’t know any details about his supposed infidelities but my sense from the gossip at the time was that Heath and Michelle were over but when he died she was awkwardly cast in the Widow Ledger role because of their daughter. I gathered that she was such a big part of the memorials and his family because of their co-parenting roles more than whatever was left romantically between her and Heath.

      • Bridget says:

        I think its a little from Column A and a little from Column B. There is no denying that theylooked very happy around the time of Brokeback Mountain (which was I think to their advantage in promoting the movie and resulted in those being the images that we associate with the 2 of them), but once they were no longer working together problems cropped up in that relationship almost immediately, due to Ledger’s partying. And there’s also no way Michelle would have gotten together with Jonze or Fukunuga because she wanted another kid (though I dont think you really need an ulterior motive to date Cary Fukunuga). She’d just moved on.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I would give my left boob to date Cary Fukunaga….good Lord. His manbraids were the BOMB at the Emmy’s!!!

  22. what says:

    Nobody comments on all of the guys she’s had around Matilda but they zero in on Britney Spears. Spike Jonze, Cary Fukunaga, Jason Segel, Dustin Yellin?

    • snowflake says:

      thank you!

    • dolly says:

      You can add to that a couple more guys that are not famous. What irritates me though is that while she was with some of these guys she did the poor me, single mother bit, like she’s some martyr who chooses to stay single to raise her daughter. Like, we know you’ve been with all these guys. She’s free to date how many guys she wants but I think she shouldn’t bring all the dudes she gets with – some of them seriously creepy and with drug/alcohol problems – around Matilda. At least Britney’s kids have a father, whereas Matilda has no father which makes the string of daddies she’s had in her life since Heath Ledger died worse.

  23. A~ says:

    I love that color on her.

  24. raincoaster says:

    The app from the Poetry Foundation is awesome; you can spin for a random subject, or choose something appropriate to your life at that moment. And it’s free.

    I have the white-blonde hair and while it’s a bitch to keep white, I love it. Roots look badass rather than mistaken, and you can use hair chalk and temporary dyes to change it up; I had what I call “Easter Bunny Bukkake” a couple of weeks ago, with three different pastels. The only thing you have to be aware of is, you ALWAYS need makeup, because it’ll wash you out completely otherwise. Strong brows are particularly important.

  25. BEC says:

    I have a master’s in poetry but haven’t read or written it regularly in years. I find her quote inspirational. Maybe tomorrow when I wake up I will read some poetry too. 🙂 For those of you who don’t like poetry, you may want to read Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art” or “Five Flights Up.” Those have always been two of my favorites.