Michelle Williams captivated audiences as the sultry Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn,” a role that many doubted she could take on.
But despite her on-screen success, the 31-year-old Williams can’t escape the memory of a former boyfriend, late actor Heath Ledger.
The duo met in 2004 during the filming of “Brokeback Mountain,” welcoming daughter Matilda Rose just one year later. After an amicable split, Ledger died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in 2007.
Williams recently opened up to GQ magazine about her relationship with Ledger, and how her past almost stopped her from taking on the sexy role of Marilyn.
On what originally drew her to Ledger, “There’s an answer that I know, but I don’t want to say. Our initial meeting, the circumstances of how we first met, were cosmic or something.”
“Yeah, a lot of things happened at once,” the actress revealed about their whirlwind romance. “It’s a bit like: We had a lot of things to do, because we didn’t have a lot of time, or something.”
When asked whether or not she believed that she and Ledger would have ended up together, a teary eyed Williams responded, “That would make me way too sad to answer.”
“No, I said it would make me too sad to answer but it’s also one of my favorite things to imagine,” she added. “It’s actually one of my favorite places to visit.”
As for her role as the Marilyn Monroe? Williams doesn’t believe she is inherently sexy, and the role that made her famous almost deterred her from taking on the part.
“I wouldn’t say that that would be one of my first qualities as a human being—being sexy,” Williams said. “And I think because my character on ‘Dawson’s Creek’ was sexy…sexualized…sexual…I saw all the negative attention and connotations that can come along with that. And that those things can keep people from seeing you clearly.”
Luckily for Michelle, the Hollywood Foreign Press saw her clearly this weekend, awarding the actress a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.
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