Michelle Williams

BATD ON Jun 09, 2009 AT 3:41 pm

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Just because she’s a small-town girl doesn’t mean Michelle Williams isn’t making it big and leaving her mark. Born in Kalispell, Montana, she was far away from the acting scene. Luckily, her father who was a trader moved the family to San Diego, California. It was here that Williams gained an interest in acting, and at 15, she legally emancipated herself from her parents to pursue it. She only completed the ninth grade, at a Santa Fe Christian School, but what she lacks in schooling, she more than makes up for in talent. Four years after Williams’ separation from her parents, she won the Robbins World Cup Championship, which her father won ten years prior. Her TV career began with classics like Lassie, Baywatch, Step by Step, and Home Improvement.

Her first film role was in the motion picture Species (1992). A series of off-beat films followed suit, until in 1998 Williams was cast as Jen Lindley in Dawson’s Creek. She starred in the film Dick (1999) with Kirsten Dunst, and Prozac Nation in 2001. Of course, you know her best from her romance with the late actor Heath Ledger. The two met on the set of Brokeback Mountain, where Michelle received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Williams is particularly recognized by her knack to “repeatedly take chances on under-the-radar indies”, such as The Hawk is Dying, and The Station Agent. Two other low-budget films she’s starred in were directed by Lukas Moodysson: Mammoth (2008) and Incendiary, which aired at the Sundance Film Festival last summer.

Michelle Williams and Matilda

Michelle Williams and Matilda

She certainly dresses the part well off screen; her love for baggy jeans and cardies, not to mention rompers, makes her the perfect hippie chick. This doesn’t mean Williams doesn’t know how to dress up, though; she often dons Dior or other couture brands for film premieres and red carpet events. When she’s not out at clubs, Williams spends time with her daughter, Matilda. She reads her bedtime stories in “whatever accent she’s required for a role—East London or Boston, usually.” Williams is the first to admit she has a tough time balancing acting and single motherhood. She has said, “I’m not quite ready to give up working, but I don’t know how to do the good balance of it. That’s the challenge, to live in the chaos.” Even if she has to step out of the limelight, we’re sure Williams will be back before long.

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