(9 September 1980, Kalispell, Montana, USA)
“It’s the woman/child thing that I’ve got going on inside my head, I have always felt older than I am and most of my friends are considerably older than me. I just never related to kids my own age.”
Lovely and gifted Michelle Williams had her 32nd birthday 2 days ago. She started out in popular series about teenagers Dawson's Creek, (wait, wait, apparently her first gig ever was an appearance on Baywatch) then slowly made her way through movies - some of them average, some awful - until she finally got her big break with her wonderful work in Brokeback Mountain. She played sweet and naive Alma who finds out that her husband is gay. Williams played her character with so much conviction that it only added to the magnitude of impossible situation her character found herself in - as an obstacle for the true love of the protagonists you are supposed to dislike and as concerned mother you're supposed to feel for. That performance won her Academy Award nomination.
It's on the set of this film where she met Heath Ledger, with whom she started a relationship, which to this day seem to be one of the reasons for her popularity in gossip magazines. But all of that aside, Williams is one of the most talented actresses working today - even in lesser films like My Week with Marilyn or just short appearances like in I'm Not There she manages to create something amazing.
Williams went on to star in many ambitious projects including Synecdoche, New York where she starred with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Samantha Morton, low budget indie movies like Mammoth and Take this Waltz and films that earned her two more Oscar nominations - Blue Valentine, where she played the character I truly hated with every fiber of my being - spoiled, selfish Cindy - so well it now ranks as my favorite performance of hers - and My Week with Marilyn, where she managed to create amazing performance in a very average movie. While she isn't reliable yet - her work in Synecdoche was forgettable at best and what she did in Shutter Island bordered on laughable - she is capable of delivering very interesting performances of complex women with faces of angels and many demons hiding inside them.
Synecdoche, New York
I'm Not There
The Station Agent
My Week with Marilyn
Wendy and Lucy
I'm Not There
5 fun facts
- Dated Conor Oberst. Some songs for his band Bright Eyes are about her.
- Was roommates with Christina Ricci whilst filming Prozac Nation with her.
- Is of Norwegian decent.
- Katharine Hepburn is one of her favorite actresses.
- Collects rare books. Owns a first edition of The Great Gatsby amongst others.