Michelle Williams covers the March issue of Elle UK. The editorial is pretty standard from Michelle from the past few years. Same hair, same kinds of clothes, same Mia Farrow vibe. But I’ve gotten used to it, and though she would be loathe to admit it, it’s part of Michelle’s brand now, the hair and the girlish vibe. She’s leaned into it and made it her own. Plus, it helps that it really does feel like she’s grown up a lot – she’s married now, and a stepmother (in addition to being a mom). She’s also doing a lot of work with Time’s Up, which she discusses with Elle UK. Some highlights from the interview:
On social media: “I haven’t figured out how to use [social media] as a source for my own good. I haven’t figured out how to use it to find something inspiring or beautiful…I’m just not a techy person. It’s a little ridiculous to be so unknowledgeable about the thing that has sort of taken over the world. I guess I don’t relate to it, which probably makes me irrelevant.”
On her 20s: “My 20s felt like, ‘Who am I? What am I going to make of all of this time on the planet? What do I want? What is happiness? Who are my friends? What’s wrong with me? How do I fix it? Who am I?’”
On acting: “The idea of becoming someone else through an internal and external process hooked me at an early age. What does it feel like to put on a costume of somebody else? How do these clothes change me, how does this wig change me, how does this walk change me? As I’ve gotten older, that’s been the work I’ve been most interested in – the transformation, instead of repletion or endless self-replication.”
On Time’s Up: “It’s been really heartening and rewarding for me to hear from other women; how they heard what I went through and how it gives them an example [of how] to ask for reparation, and to be able to institute that tiny little model in other scenarios…That has been really one of the most rewarding things not just of my career, but of my life. I went from feeling very helpless, and now I feel helpful.”
Redefining power: “Power was never something I wanted in the way I had seen it represented. So I think a kind of redefinition of power, what that might mean personally for me, has taken place. I guess I could call it power, or just the ability to support my family in a meaningful way.”
She’s talked about some of this stuff before, and I’ve found it interesting that she’s only recently understood that oh, right, she should be taking some movies which pay well and saving some money for her future and her daughter’s future. That was part of her “growing up” process too, and to be fair, I’m not saying that she’s bad with money or that she’s been saddled with debt or anything. I think she just got caught in her indie, anti-establishment, I-don’t-want-that-kind-of-power world and forgot that she could be collecting big paychecks and feathering her own nest egg. I also think she would be okay on social media – she would ‘gram a lot of photos of her favorite park benches and she would totally be the type to post inspirational quotes from obscure novellas.
Covers courtesy of Elle UK.