She may have been awarded with a Golden Globe for her work portraying the ever-sexy Marilyn Monroe, but Michelle Williams' new cover for GQ certainly oozes sexiness but this time from the star herself, rather than from a role.
This Just In! Who Knew Michelle Williams Had This Body? reads the cover story for Williams' spread for GQ's February issue, while the world wonders just that.
In the interview that accompanies the sexy spread, 31-year-old Williams talked about her breakout role as Jen Lindley on Dawson's Creek, who she believes was sexy, though she personally is not, in addition to the death of ex-husband Heath Ledger and raising her six-year-old daughter Matilda.
I wouldn't say that that would be one of my first qualities as a human being-being sexy, Williams told GQ. 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.
Williams goes on about her acting decisions post-Dawson's Creek, vetting out the sexy roles for safer options, which she now regrets.
It's funny spending your twenties running away from it, and then you hit your thirties ... wait a second! Come back! I want that time back when I didn't appreciate what I had! she said.
Thankfully, as GQ editors agree, Williams has still got it, channeling that inner sexiness to play Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, which won her a Golden Globe for Best Actress on Sunday.
But Williams does not put her acting career first, but rather her daughter, though she admitted at the Golden Globes she did read to her daughter in a Marilyn voice for six months practicing for the part.
I consider myself a mother first and an actress second, and so the person I most want to thank is my daughter, my little girl, whose bravery and exuberance is the example that I take with me in my work and in my life, Williams said during her acceptance speech on Sunday, dedicating the award to her daughter.
During the awards, Williams alluded to the pain she still deals with following the loss of Ledger, but opened up candidly about it in the GQ interview, namely the pain her daughter will endure.
You know, as hard as certain things have been for me, it's been harder thinking about how things will be for her, Williams told GQ. 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.
Williams met Ledger in a whirlwind romance while filming Brokeback Mountain in 2004.
Our initial meeting, the circumstances of how we first met, were cosmic or something. Yeah, a lot of things happened at once, Williams said referring to her daughter. It's a bit like: We had a lot of things to do because we didn't have a lot of time or something.
While the couple split in 2007, Williams said she still feels the pain of his death daily, particularly when trying to explain to her daughter.
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 her 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, Michelle Williams said.
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