It’s been eight year since Heath Ledger tragically died from an accidental overdose leaving Michelle Williams to raise their daughter Matilda without a father.
The actress, who is currently starring in the movie Manchester by the Sea, spoke to Porter magazine recently on how Ledger’s death impacted her and continues to do so.
Her role in the movie is that of a heartbroken mother trying to start a new life. Williams spoke about how close to home playing her was. “I couldn’t stop crying,” she told the magazine. “It’s like the darkest part of your heart, something happening to your child. She’s making a brave choice, moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day. Because it is a choice. I would exit. It would be so much easier than living with the loss.”
Although many years have passed since Ledger’s death, Williams says it won’t ‘ever be right.’
“In all honesty, for pretty much everything else, I feel like I’m a believer in not fighting circumstances, accepting where you are and where you’ve been. In pretty much all senses but one,” she told the magazine. “I would be able to go totally down that line of thinking were it not for Matilda not having her dad. You know that’s just something that doesn’t … I mean, it just won’t ever be right.”
The 36 year old mum says that her main concern and focus was and will always be her daughter. Williams lives each day making sure Matilda,11 is happy and living a great life.
“I watched Matilda warm in the sun, in her swimsuit, get on her bicycle and smile and wave as she rode off to go meet her friends,” she said. “I went back into the house and sobbed because of this incredibly simple moment, common everyday happiness. I really felt like in that moment, like wow, we’ve done it. Not only are we OK, she’s happy. Life has brought us to a place that’s not just surviving, but thriving.”
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