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Michelle Williams On Her Grief Over Heath Ledger's Death, How She Copes

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Michelle Williams Opens Up On Grief of Heath Ledger

We can't believe it's almost been four years since the tragic death of Heath Ledger.

When he died, it was like the world stopped a little bit.

Not only did he leave behind close friends and family, he also left behind Michelle Williams, his ex-fiance, and their daughter, Matilda Rose.

After his death, Michelle didn't address it with the public. She couldn't. It was too hard.

But now, she's finally opening up, really opening up, on the grieving period and how she manages to cope til this day.

The talented actress tells the October issue of Vogue:

For a really long time, I couldn’t stop touching people’s faces. I was like, ‘Look at you. You move. You’re here.’ It all just seemed so fleeting, and I wanted to hold on to it.' Three years ago, it felt like we [she and Matilda] didn’t have anything, and now my life — our life — has kind of repaired itself. Look, it’s not a perfectly operating system, there are holes and dips and electrical storms, but the basics are intact. [The death has] changed how I see the world and how I interact on a daily basis. It’s changed the parent I am. It’s changed the friend I am. It’s changed the kind of work that I really want to do. It’s become the lens through which I see life — that it’s all impermanent.

And as strength carried her then, it's carries her today.

The actress' career is achieving goals every day, from winning another Academy Award nomination for Blue Valentine to landing the coveted role of Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming My Week With Marilyn.

We're so glad to hear she's coping well, and we hope her strength never breaks.

So excited to see your next film, Michelle! You go, girl.

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6 comments to “Michelle Williams On Her Grief Over Heath Ledger's Death, How She Copes”



  1. 1

    Who fucking cares how she copes, he's been dead for quite a while now. But i'm guessing part of her coping mechanism is having that fake ass accent.



  2. 2

    She is not a widow. Do the people interviewing her not realize that. They were never married and were broken up when he passed.



  3. 3

    I cope with bullsh!ttin celebs by not believing a word of it. Yeh shes gonna milk it for all she can, but 2 years later acting the grieveing (non) widow, just eff off u lying has been. we need to be careful of who we let our children look up to and a strung out, criminal "actor" who topped himself in sordid circumstances should be a big NO NO.



  4. 4

    She should try emoting into her film roles a little more instead of giving the scoop of the century to Vogue magazine. Channeling Marilyn Monroe didn't do a thing for LL and it won't do anything for Michelle. She should strive to be less generic.



  5. 5

    He had already left her behind… and was fucking around with a lot of party girls.

    It really annoys me that when someone dies in Hollywood, they're almost always suddenly saints. It's bullshit.



  6. 6

    Re: eat_shit_bebe – Aside from whatever he did in his personal life, he will almost solely be remembered for portraying the Joker, a role that will go down in history. No one cares about what he did because he was so talented. He deserves the praise, get over it.