Michelle Williams – mother of Heath Ledger’s daughter, Matilda Rose – is in the April issue of Elle and she looks amazing. She is a natural beauty without even really trying. Michelle talks about the birth of Matilda and how she’s a New York kid and her greatest prize. She also reveals her guess at who former co-star Katie Holmes was dating back in 2005 when the news broke.
Photos and article highlights after the jump
Giving birth to her daughter:
“It’s all about water. I was in and out of the bathtub my entire labor — 24 hours. I don’t remember the pain, or the sensation. But I do remember quietly talking to myself and saying, “Okay, you don’t have to tell anybody what you’re thinking right now. You don’t have to tell Heath, you don’t have to tell the nurse, you don’t have to tell the doctor: You are never, ever doing this again. It can be a secret just for us.” [laughs]
I was trying to tell myself, “Remember what I’m saying now. This pain is too great to bear. You won’t do this again.” And here I am today, and the next one I’ll do at home! You totally forget. It’s nature’s trick.”
Her break-up with Heath and her greatest prize:
“All in all, how long has it been? Six months. It’s been long and not long. It feels like yesterday and it feels like long ago, but not six months. The distraction of work is utterly invaluable.
When I have too much free time, that’s when things start to get a little messy. [Tears pool in eyes, then she smiles.] Matilda’s the prize. She’s bigger to me than any relationship, bigger than the awards. She’s what came out of it.”
Her ‘Brooklyn baby’:
“We were in the car today, driving back from this indoor playspace, and Matilda started talking to herself in the back. She said, “I’d like an everything bagel with butter, please!”
She’s such a New York kid. That’s what she’s thinking about: going home. Every morning we go to the coffee shop. She’s ready to go back and get her bagel, and I’m ready to get a really good cup of coffee.”
About hearing Katie Holmes was ‘dating someone’:
“I was shocked. Busy [Philipps, another DC co-star and Michelle’s close friend, now 5 months along with a girl, called and said, “You’re never going to believe who Katie’s with now.” And I’m like, “Who?” And she said, “Who’s the biggest movie star you can think of?” I said — this is embarrassing — ‘Tom Selleck?!’”