Michelle took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a musical for her portrayal as Marilyn Monroe in ‘My Week with Marilyn’ and she looks just like her in these gorgeous new GQ pics — she also talks about dealing with Heath’s untimely death.
Michelle Williams not only sounded like the breathy Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, she looked just like the late Hollywood star. Michelle is GQ‘s February cover girl and she talks in depth about what it was like raising her daughter Matilda, 6, as a single mom after on and off love Heath Ledger unexpectedly died of a drug overdose in 2008.
When she is asked how she heard what had happened to Ledger — she was in Sweden at the time, making a sad film called Mammoth — she quickly, and firmly shakes her head. After it happened, she had to do a final week’s shooting in New York. “It was horrible.” Following that, she was also committed to appearing in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island. “I don’t remember most of it,” she says. “I’ve got a lot of holes.” Once the film was completed, she wondered whether she would ever want to work again. Or whether she would just stop.
“That seemed like a really smart idea,” she says.
The media attention after Ledger’s death was almost as hard to cope with as her lovers death, she said. “You just want to be able to walk out of your house and turn your face to the sun and stumble down a corner where you have some memory, and you’re not really allowed any of that.”
Michelle says the paparazzi followed her every second of the day after Heath died, and it made her feel “trapped.”
“It was making me crazy,” Michelle says of the constant media attention. “I felt like I was going crazy. It was too much—trying to deal with what had happened and trying to deal with what was at our doorstep. I just felt trapped. And it’s not just me—there’s somebody else who I’m trying to protect, and I can’t. I can’t make it stop, I can’t make it go away. Trying to find ways to explain it or shield [Matilda] from it. It’s like you’re trying to go about your life, and make dinner … but the roof is off of your house, and the walls are falling down.”
The Golden Globe winner tell GQ that it wasn’t just friends and family that helped her get through such a difficult time.
“I mean, it sounds so silly, but a just-right cup of tea,” she says. “I spent a lot of time taking baths. A lot of tea and baths—double warm.”
— Chloe Melas
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