Michelle Williams graces the cover of Vogue magazine’s October 2011 issue, dressed in character as Marilyn Monroe. Inside, Michelle discusses change, gaining weight to play Marilyn Monroe, and Heath Ledger’s death.
On change: “I feel like something has changed for me, but it’s a new change, so it’s going to be hard for me to describe. Maybe it has something to do with turning 30. I don’t feel as shy or nervous or self-conscious. I have more confidence that I can handle what life brings me. I don’t feel scared to have an idea and express it.”
On gaining weight to play Marilyn Monroe: “Unfortunately, it went right to my face,” she says, puffing up her cheeks to illustrate. “So at some point it became a question of, Do I want my face to look like Marilyn Monroe’s or my hips?”
On Heath Ledger’s death: “It’s 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.”
Also in the October 2011 issue: fashion investment pieces. For more, pick up the issue when it arrives on newsstands on September 20, or head to Vogue.com.