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INTERVIEW: ‘Blue Valentine’ actress Michelle Williams

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 3:29 pm · November 19th, 2010

I chatted with “Blue Valentine” star Michelle Williams a few weeks ago and it’s one of a handful of discussions I haven’t yet had a chance to transcribe. But in her case, I think it’s more beneficial to let her answers speak for themselves rather than have them filtered through the perspective and narrative drive of a journalist.

Williams is a delightful interview subject because she seems to painstakingly search for the honest and fresh answer. She doesn’t naturally lean back on sound bytes and the usual banter even if it does prove impossible not to tread similar water from one interview to the next.

In the film, she gives a dynamic performance that could well push her into the final five of a lead actress category uncharacteristically competitive this season. Her chemistry with co-star Ryan Gosling, largely a topic of our discussion, is impeccable. Have a listen to our brief chat after the jump.


[Photo: The Weinstein Company]




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15 responses so far

  • 1 11-19-2010 at 5:05 pm

    Alan said...

    God, I love her. Desperately hoping Portman doesn’t steal every critic award and that she nabs a few for BLUE VALENTINE. Shattering work.

  • 2 11-20-2010 at 5:25 am

    amanda said...

    good interview Kris. I really hope Williams isn’t forgotten this awards season.

  • 3 11-20-2010 at 7:24 am

    Simon Warrasch said...

    I really hope that the Academy will nominate for Lead Actor and Lead Actress as followed:

    Lead Actor:

    Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
    James Franco – 127 Hours
    Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine
    Javier Bardem – Biutiful
    Jeff Bridges – True Grit

    Lead Actress:

    Natalie Portman – Black Swan
    Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
    Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
    Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
    Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

    They all deserves it at most! They should be nominate for an Oscar!

  • 4 11-20-2010 at 7:29 am

    Simon Warrasch said...

    Supporting Actor:

    Sam Rockwell – Conviction
    Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech
    Christian Bale – The Fighter
    Mark Ruffalo – The Kids are All Right
    Andrew Garfield – The Social Network

    Supporting Actress:

    Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
    Jackie Weaver – Animal Kingdom
    Dianne Wiest – Rabbit Hole
    Julianne Moore – The Kids Are All Right
    Mellisa Leo – The Fighter

  • 5 11-20-2010 at 10:45 am

    headley said...

    Kris, I enjoyed both Blue Valentine and Love And Other Drugs (you hated this movie) . Trust me, Ryan & Michelle’s chemistry cannot even come close to Jake Gyllenhaal & Anne Hathaway’s phenomenal chemistry. And, I am not just talking about the sex scenes. Jake & Anne’s super-hot chemistry is on the level of Warren Beatty & Annette Bening in Bugsy. Between Jake & Anne, I have not seen a young movie couple be more engaging, sizzlin’ , and convincing -in years . Mark my words, Love And Other Drugs will be a word -of-mouth hit because of these two thespians.

    But, I don’t understand the MPAA rating board giving Blue Valentine a NC-17 rating , and the more graphic Love And Other Drugs receiving a R-rating . Ridiculous !

  • 6 11-20-2010 at 10:51 am

    headley said...

    Kris, I enjoyed this interview.

  • 7 11-20-2010 at 12:07 pm

    DylanS said...

    She seems so down to earth and grounded for a former child star.

  • 8 11-21-2010 at 8:16 am

    Gary said...

    Annette Bening will win it for sure! Her performance was memorable in TKAA, one of the best I’ve seen.

  • 9 11-21-2010 at 10:07 am

    Carlo said...

    Seems like someone really great to befriend. Nice interview:)

  • 10 11-22-2010 at 7:49 am

    JJ1 said...

    Still hoping for Bening, Portman, Kidman, & Williams to be 4 of the 5.

  • 11 11-22-2010 at 11:08 am

    Silencio said...

    I loved this interview. And I think I love this film without even seeing it. We’ll see, but at the very least, this interview did its job for me.

  • 12 11-23-2010 at 2:16 pm

    Dooby said...

    Really want Manville to move to supporting so Michelle Williams nabs her spot!

  • 13 11-26-2010 at 2:44 pm

    maria said...

    nice interview :) hope she will be nominated for an oscar too

  • 14 11-29-2010 at 5:28 am

    Michael Freitag said...

    I have to see the movie :-(