She suffered tragedy in 2008 when her former partner Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose.
But Michelle Williams revealed in a new Variety profile on Tuesday that her friend Jeremy Strong was by her side to help her through the huge loss.
The 41-year-old Oscar nominee shared that the 43-year-old Succession star helped care for her and Heath’s daughter, Matilda, while helping ease the grief of the little one. daughter.
With a little help from her friend: Michelle Williams, 41, revealed to Variety on Tuesday that Succession star Jeremy Strong had moved in to care for her daughter Matilda, now 16, after her son’s death ex Heath Ledger in 2008
“Jeremy was serious enough to bear the weight of a child’s broken heart and sensitive enough to understand how to approach him through play, games and silliness,” she said.
The Trial Of The Chicago 7 star moved in with Michelle, along with her sister and another friend shortly after Heath’s death.
The actress noted that her daughter, who is now 16, missed knowing her father, but Jeremy’s presence was important in learning to move on.
‘[Matilda] didn’t grow up with her dad, but she grew up with her Jeremy and we were changed by her ability to play like her life depended on it, just like hers,” she continued.
Family tragedy: She welcomed Matilda with Ledger in 2005, but the two separated in 2007, and he died of an accidental overdose the following year; seen in 2006 in LA
The Certain Women star met future partner Heath on the set of Brokeback Mountain, and the two became a couple later in 2004.
The two were also featured together in Bob Dylan’s acclaimed experimental biopic I’m Not Here, though their characters don’t share any scenes.
The couple welcomed daughter Matilda in October 2005, with Heath’s Brokeback Mountain co-star Jake Gyllenhaal as godfather, while Busy Philipps, who appeared with Michelle at Dawson’s Creek, was her godmother.
The two moved to Brooklyn together that year, but their relationship fell apart in 2007.
Ledger died in 2008, shortly before the release of The Dark Knight, in which he appeared as a creepy version of the Joker.
The role earned him high praise from fans and critics, and he was honored with a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Sweet: ‘[Matilda] didn’t grow up with her dad, but she grew up with her Jeremy and we were changed by her ability to play like her life depended on it, because hers depended on it,’ she said; seen on May 3 in New York
Michelle seemed keen to defend her friend Jeremy after the publication of a controversial New Yorker profile that charted his meteoric rise to fame and his extreme immersive acting techniques, which are often mistakenly described as “methodical acting”.
Many readers, including friends of the subject, found the article to poke fun at Strong and his working methods.
“We were all in awe of her talent,” Michelle said of her friend. “We saw him work harder than anyone and wait a long time for others to recognize him. So when he became so famous, we all celebrated.
In his hit HBO series Succession, which won Strong an Emmy, he plays Kendall Roy, the eldest from the second marriage of media mogul Logan Roy (Brian Cox).
As her father’s judgment seems to be deteriorating and her media conglomerate struggles to keep pace, Kendall considers replacing her father at the helm of the company.
Defend Him: Michelle defended Jeremy following a controversial New Yorker profile about his extreme acting methods that invited readers to mock; seen with Brian Cox in Succession
Along with praising her good friend, Michelle revealed on her Variety profile that she’s expecting her third child, and second with husband Thomas Kail.
“It’s totally joyful,” she told the outlet, adding, “As the years pass, you kind of wonder what they might or might not have in store for you.” It’s exciting to discover that something you want over and over again is available once again.
“This good fortune is not lost on me or my family.”
The couple secretly married in March 2020 after getting engaged the year before.
They met when he was the director of her Fosse/Verdon miniseries, in which she played actress and dancer Gwen Verdon, while Sam Rockwell played her husband, director, actor and dancer Bob Fosse. .
The couple welcomed their son Hart in the summer of 2020.
Baby on board: In addition to praising her good friend, Michelle revealed in her Variety profile that she is expecting her third child, and the second with husband Thomas Kail