Mimi Talks to Michelle Williams

BATD ON Jul 27, 2009 AT 5:09 pm

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Not to be confused with the other Michelle Williams, most of us will remember Michelle as the third member of Destiny’s Child. After the band split Michelle turned her hand to acting and has received critical acclaim for her performances in musicals Aida and The Colour Purple. Having made her mark on Broadway Michelle makes her debut on the West End stage as the feisty Roxie Hart in Chicago, incidentally she is the first African American woman to play the role in the West End.  We caught up with Michelle to talk days off, dream jobs and what’s next for the star…

You received much praise for your performance in the Broadway production of The Colour Purple as Shug Avery, what has your Broadway experience taught you about yourself as an actress and a singer?
It has definitely given me more confidence, more discipline and just taught me to have fun.

Michelle Williams as Roxie Hart

Michelle Williams as Roxie Hart

Having conquered Broadway with a string of critically acclaimed performances you hit US TV Screens in UPN sitcom “Half & Half” do you have any plans to hit the big screen anytime soon?
No plans any time soon to my knowledge, I’ve just been focusing on theatre right now.

What do you think you can bring to the character of Roxie Hart that others haven’t?
Well….hopefully just keeping her young sassy and feisty.

How do you think your music has evolved since your time in Destiny’s Child?
I’m just a student of music, so my music is a reflection of what I am going through at the time. I’ll just continue to study it and see what happens.

What part of your career so far has been a real highlight for you?
Being able to touch so many people’s lives, I’ve been reading some beautiful fan mail from fans that have been sending it to the theatre. Saying how much my music has touched them when that happens that’s when I know I’m doing my job.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

What would be your next dream job?
I definitely want to play an original role in theatre, and be the first one to play it. I’m loving the West End, but love Broadway too so wherever that opportunity lies I’d be interested. It’s hard for me to get around to see the other great shows in London but there are a lot here.

Who or what inspires you?
To me just the thing that inspires me to keep going is that my ancestors who fought for me to be here, so I owe them to reach my full potential. 

When you manage to get a day off, how do you like to unwind?
The spa! I go to the Sanctuary Spa here in London. I have facials, various body exfoliations with oils. We have to treat ourselves to wind down a little. 

Where have you discovered that you love in London?
I’ve always loved London, I’ve been coming back and fourth for the past 9 years. The restaurants, the fashion the shopping.

Where do you like to shop?
I love Covent Garden, and of course Topshop! Yesterday though, I bought a purse at Harvey Nichols.

Michelle Williams in Destiny's Child

Michelle Williams in Destiny's Child

Who do you like listening to on your iPod?
I have over 4000 songs on my ipod!  I love so many different types of music. So that question is too hard to answer.

What’s in your make-up bag?
All my make up is at theatre at the moment, so right now all that’s there in my bag is lip gloss!

If you could steal anyone’s wardrobe past or present whose would it be and why?
Halle Berry and Gwyneth Paltrow

After your stint as Roxie what’s next for you?
I’ll start working on another album.

Michelle Williams is appearing in Chicago, at London’s Cambridge Theatre, until the 22 August.

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