Michelle Williams talks to “Vogue” about taking care of herself


AfterEllen.com is one of the few places that I can admit this: I was a Dawson’s Creek fan. It was appointment TV for me. I marked it up to a crush on Joey Potter but, to be honest, I was just plain into the show.

We were so young and gay. Well, one of us was.

One character I couldn’t quite figure out, though, was Jen Lindley. She moved to Capeside to live with Grams after some kind of scandal and slowly-but-surely shed her bad-girl persona to become a beloved member of Dawson’s tribe.

I found myself intrigued with Jen, even though I didn’t have the same kind of, er, feelings about her character that I had about Joey. Not until Brokeback Mountain did I realize that my fascination was not with Jen, but with Michelle Williams.

Brokeback is where Williams met Heath Ledger, the father of her child Matilda Rose. The couple split up in 2007, but remained close. When Ledger died in January 2008, Williams had to deal with not only the loss, but also the descent of the paparazzi.

In a new interview for the October issue of Vogue, Williams talks for the first time about her struggle. “I was holding it together by a string and a paperclip in the fall and winter.” she said. “I didn’t know if I could keep it together.” And all the while, she tried to maintain a semblance of normalcy for her daughter.

With the help of friends, especially other women and children, she has been able to heal. “One got me gardening in the spring, and that’s when it started to turn around. I think it’s something about being in nature that made it more possible. I remember being on my hands and knees. The ground was cold and muddy. I pushed back the dead leaves and saw the bright green shoots of spring. Under all this decay something was growing. Caring for the garden reminded me to care for myself."

If the photos in Vogue are any indication, she indeed has taken care of herself. Williams looks fabulous.

She also looks a bit like Melissa Joan Hart, doesn’t she?

An edited version of the interview is posted at Vogue’s style.com site and you can read the whole story in the October issue.

What are your thoughts on Michelle’s interview?

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