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Michelle Williams

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Actress who also played bad lady Jennifer Lindley on the tv screen series Dawson’s Creek, then continued to celebrity in such films while Blue Valentine, I’m Not There, Synecdoche, NY and Manchester By THE OCEAN. Her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe within the 2011 film My Week with Marilyn gained her a variety of honours including a Golden World Award for Greatest Actress. Her 1st acting functions included guest looks on strike sitcoms like Detail by detail and DO-IT-YOURSELF. She won an unbiased Spirit Honor for Best Assisting Female on her behalf part as Alma Beers del Mar within the 2005 film Brokeback Hill. She and then-boyfriend, Heath Ledger welcomed a child, Matilda Rose Ledger, in Oct of 2005. She and Ledger break up in Sept of 2007, four weeks ahead of his loss of life. She had associations with Spike Jonze, Cary Fukunaga, Jason Segel and Dustin Yellin. In 2015, she started dating Jonathan Safran Foer. She starred in Blue Valentine with Ryan Gosling.

Quick Facts


Full Name Michelle Williams
Date Of Birth September 9, 1980
Place Of Birth Rockford, MT
Height 1.63 m, 1.63 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Santa Fe Christian Schools, Santa Fe Christian Schools
Nationality American, American
Children Matilda Ledger, Matilda Ledger
Parents Larry R. Williams, Carla Ingrid Williams, Larry R. Williams, Carla Ingrid Williams
Siblings Jason Williams, Kelley Williams, Paige Williams, Sara Williams, Jason Williams, Kelley Williams, Paige Williams, Sara Williams
Partner Heath Ledger, Heath Ledger
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Music Groups Destiny's Child
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress, Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, BAFTA Rising Star Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Transformation, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, AACTA International Award for Best Actress, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress, Empire Award for Best Actress, Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast, Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Academy Award for Best Actress, Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, BAFTA Rising Star Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Transformation, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, AACTA International Award for Best Actress, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress, Empire Award for Best Actress, Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast, Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Movies Manchester by the Sea, Blue Valentine, My Week with Marilyn, Brokeback Mountain, Oz the Great and Powerful, Take This Waltz, Shutter Island, Wendy and Lucy, Synecdoche, New York, Meek's Cutoff, Suite Française, The Station Agent, Certain Women, Incendiary, Me Without You, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, I'm Not There, The United States of Leland, Prozac Nation, The Baxter, But I'm a Cheerleader, Species, Imaginary Heroes, The Hawk Is Dying, Deception, The Hottest State, Dick, If These Walls Could Talk 2, Land of Plenty, Lassie, Killing Mr. Griffin, My Son Is Innocent, A Thousand Acres, A Hole in One, Wonderstruck, Mammoth, Timemaster, Perfume, Ben Lee: Catch My Disease, The Greatest Showman, B'Day Anthology Video Album, Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, Manchester by the Sea, Blue Valentine, My Week with Marilyn, Oz the Great and Powerful, Brokeback Mountain, Shutter Island, Take This Waltz, Suite Française, Incendiary, Deception, Certain Women, Wendy and Lucy, Species, The Greatest Showman, Meek's Cutoff, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, I'm Not There, Synecdoche, New York, Me Without You, Lassie, The Station Agent, Wonderstruck, Prozac Nation, All the Money in the World, If These Walls Could Talk 2, The Baxter, Land of Plenty, Dick, But I'm a Cheerleader, Imaginary Heroes, Mammoth, The Hawk Is Dying, The Hottest State, The United States of Leland, A Hole in One, My Son Is Innocent, Timemaster, Killing Mr. Griffin, A Thousand Acres, Ben Lee: Catch My Disease, Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, Perfume, B'Day Anthology Video Album, I Feel Pretty
TV Shows Dawson's Creek, Dawson's Creek, Home Improvement
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1Nominated for the 2016 Best Leading Actress in a Play Tony Award for her performance in "Blackbird". She lost the award to Jessica Lange for her performance in "Long Day's Journey into Night".
2Two of her films premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival: Manchester by the Sea (2016) and Certain Women (2016). She couldn't attend the festival because she was in rehearsals for the Broadway play "Blackbird".
3Appeared in two films with Ryan Gosling: The United States of Leland (2003) and Blue Valentine (2010). They lived in the same house for four weeks while filming Blue Valentine in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.
4Williams and her Shutter Island (2010) co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, have both appeared in Lassie productions. DiCaprio appeared in two episodes of The New Lassie (1989) when he was 15 years old, while Williams made her film debut in Lassie (1994), when she was 13.
5Has starred in three films directed by Kelly Reichardt: Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek's Cutoff (2010) and Certain Women (2016).
6Was considered for the role of Daisy Domergue in The Hateful Eight (2015). Jennifer Jason Leigh was cast instead.
7Was considered for the role of Helene in Burnt (2015). The role went to Sienna Miller.
8Was on director Baz Luhrmann's shortlist for the role of Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby (2013). The role went to Carey Mulligan.
9Accepted the role of Glinda in Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) so that her daughter Matilda could watch a movie with her.
10Face of Louis Vuitton Handbags and Jewellery since 2013.
11Was director Liv Ullmann's original choice to play the title role of Miss Julie (2014), but she had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
12Was offered the role of Miss San Antonio in Machete Kills (2013) but declined. The role went to Amber Heard.
13Living in Brooklyn, New York with her daughter, Matilda Ledger. [February 2009]
14The longest she has gone without an Oscar nomination is 5 years, between Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Blue Valentine (2010).
15Received the Desert Palm Achievement Actress award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 7, 2012.
16Katharine Hepburn is one of her favorite actresses.
17Resides in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, New York.
18Michelle's father is of half Norwegian, one quarter German, and approximately one quarter English, ancestry. Michelle's mother is of three eighths Norwegian descent, with Michelle's mother's other ancestry including Swedish, Swiss-German, Danish, English, Welsh, and Scottish.
19Returned to work 5 months after giving birth to her daughter Matilda to begin filming The Hottest State (2006).
20Was in a relationship with Spike Jonze, having met on the set of Where the Wild Things Are (2009) (July 2008-September 2009).
21Her ex-fiancé and father of her daughter Matilda, Heath Ledger, died on January 22, 2008.
22Was in a relationship with Heath Ledger, having met on the set of Brokeback Mountain (2005) (June 2004-September 2007). They were both nominated for Oscars for their performances in the film.
23First cast-member of Dawson's Creek (1998) to receive an Oscar nomination.
24Her father Larry is a former Republican candidate for Montana State Senate.
25The godparents of her daughter Matilda are Jake Gyllenhaal and Busy Philipps (her Dawson's Creek (1998) co-star).
26Michelle and her fiancé Heath Ledger had a girl, Matilda Ledger, on October 28, 2005, in Brooklyn, New York.
27In 2003, she was one of ELLE girl's 25 Favorite Hot, Young, Talented New Stars.
28Her father Larry is a Commodities Trader and is divorced from her mother Carla.
29Has one younger sister Paige and three older half siblings from her father's first marriage - Jason, Kelley, and Sara.
30Was roommates with Christina Ricci whilst filming Prozac Nation (2001) with her.
31Dated singer/songwriter Andy Herod (of "The Comas") for two years. His latest album "Conductor" is about their relationship and his heartbreak after it ended. Michelle also features in the accompanying short film of the same name.
32At age 16, she won the Robbins Trading Company World Cup Championship of Futures Trading by turning $10,000 into $100,000. It is the second highest profit in the tournament's history.
33In 2000, she was on Entertainment Weekly's annual It List.
34Was in a relationship with Conor Oberst (1999-2001). Some songs for his band, 'Bright Eyes', are about her.
35Collects rare books. Owns a first edition of The Great Gatsby amongst others.
36Wrote a script called "Don't Blink" which was sold but never made.
37Legally emancipated from her parents at age 15.
38Loves reading in her spare time.
39In 1999, she was chosen as one of Teen People Magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21."


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Greatest Showman2017filmingCharity Barnum
Wonderstruck2017post-productionElaine
Janispre-productionJanis Joplin
Certain Women2016Gina
Manchester by the Sea2016Randi Chandler
Suite Française2014Lucile Angellier
Oz the Great and Powerful2013Annie Glinda
Cougar Town2013TV SeriesLaurie's Foster Sister
My Week with Marilyn2011Marilyn Monroe
Take This Waltz2011Margot
Meek's Cutoff2010Emily Tetherow
Shutter Island2010Dolores
Blue Valentine2010Cindy
Mammoth2009Ellen Vidales
Greed, a New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli2009Video short
Synecdoche, New York2008Claire Keen
Wendy and Lucy2008Wendy
Deception2008/IS
Incendiary2008Young Mother
I'm Not There.2007Coco Rivington
The Hottest State2006Samantha
The Hawk Is Dying2006Betty
Brokeback Mountain2005Alma
The Baxter2005Cecil Mills
Imaginary Heroes2004Penny Travis
Land of Plenty2004Lana
A Hole in One2004Anna Watson
Dawson's Creek1998-2003TV SeriesJen Lindley
The Station Agent2003Emily
The United States of Leland2003Julie Pollard
Prozac Nation2001Ruby
Me Without You2001Holly
Perfume2001Halley
If These Walls Could Talk 22000TV MovieLinda (segment "1972")
But I'm a Cheerleader1999Kimberly
Dick1999Arlene Lorenzo
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later1998Molly
A Thousand Acres1997Pammy
Killing Mr. Griffin1997TV MovieMaya
My Son Is Innocent1996TV MovieDonna
Raising Caines1995TV SeriesTrish Caines
Timemaster1995Annie
Species1995Young Sil
Home Improvement1995TV SeriesJessica Lutz
Step by Step1994TV SeriesJ.J.
Lassie1994April Porter
Baywatch1993-1994TV SeriesHobie's Groupie / Bridget Bowers

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Week with Marilyn2011performer: "When Love Goes Wrong Nothin' Goes Right", "Heat Wave", "I Found a Dream", "That Old Black Magic"
The Baxter2005performer: "Hero"
The United States of Leland2003performer: "Eating Soup"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Week with Marilyn2011performer: Marilyn's songs

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blue Valentine2010executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Where the Wild Things Are2009special thanks
Junebug2005special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards2012TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1998-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Charlie Rose2010-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Piers Morgan Tonight2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Ben Lee: Catch My Disease2011DocumentaryHerself
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
My Week with Marilyn: The Untold Story of an American Icon2011Video documentary shortHerself - Marilyn Monroe
The Daily Show2002-2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
At the Movies2010TV SeriesHerself
Shutter Island: Behind the Shutters2010Video documentary shortHerself
TV Festival Du Cannes 20102010TV MovieHerself
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
Corazón de...2006TV SeriesHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 78th Annual Academy Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2006 Independent Spirit Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards2006TV Movie documentaryActress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHerself - Winner
Logo Movie Special: 'Brokeback Mountain'2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2005TV Series documentaryHerself
The Making of 'Land of Plenty'2005ShortHerself
Cartaz Cultural2003TV SeriesHerself (2008)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1999-2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Total Access 24/72002TV SeriesHerself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHerself
Dawson's Creek: Behind the Scenes1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Television's Most Memorable Moment #1: Friends: Ross & Rachel Get Married
The Making of 'Dick'1999Video documentary shortHerself
The Howard Stern Radio Show1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998-1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Unmasking the Horror1998VideoHerself
Extra2017TV SeriesHerself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2017TV SeriesHerself
The 74th Golden Globe Awards2017TV Special documentaryHerself - Nominee
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors2017TV SeriesHerself
Project X2016Documentary short
Rencontres de cinéma2016TV SeriesHerself
Made in Hollywood2010-2016TV SeriesHerself
The Insider2016TV SeriesHerself
Today2012-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2011-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 70th Annual Tony Awards2016TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2007-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Special Correspondent / Herself - Guest
Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy2013DocumentaryLetter Reader
Vivir de cine2013TV SeriesHerself
E! Special: Oz - The Great and Powerful2013TV MovieHerself
Cinema 32013TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
Late Show with David Letterman1999-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 84th Annual Academy Awards2012TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
Le grand journal de Canal+2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Movie Talk with Peter Bart2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Orange British Academy Film Awards: Red Carpet2012TV SpecialHerself
DP/30: Conversations About Movies2010-2012TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2010-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2012TV SpecialHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra2016TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2015TV SeriesHerself
Too Young to Die2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Quiet Ryan2011Short
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2011TV Series documentaryMolly Cartwell
E! True Hollywood Story2008TV Series documentaryHerself
Dr. Drew's Celebrity Addiction Special2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
A Current Affair2008TV SeriesHerself
Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Gomorron2006TV SeriesHerself
Corazón de...2005TV SeriesAlma del Mar
Songs from Dawson's Creek1999TV Movie documentaryJennifer 'Jen' Lindley

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressCertain Women (2016)
2012Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012Desert Palm Achievement AwardPalm Springs International Film FestivalMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressTake This Waltz (2011)
2012TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Actress in a Canadian FilmTake This Waltz (2011)
2011BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011Capri Ensemble Cast AwardCapri, HollywoodMy Week with Marilyn (2011)· Eddie Redmayne
· Julia Ormond
· Kenneth Branagh
· Emma Watson
· Dominic Cooper
· Dougray Scott
· Judi Dench
· Zoë Wanamaker
2011CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsActress of the YearMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011OFCC AwardOklahoma Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011Invisible Woman AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsMeek's Cutoff (2010)
2010SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest ActressBlue Valentine (2010)
2009Robert Altman AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsSynecdoche, New York (2008)· Charlie Kaufman (director)
· Jeanne McCarthy (casting director)
· Hope Davis
· Philip Seymour Hoffman
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Catherine Keener
· Samantha Morton
· Tom Noonan
· Emily Watson
· Dianne Wiest
2009OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressWendy and Lucy (2008)
2009TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Performance, FemaleWendy and Lucy (2008)
2008Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceSynecdoche, New York (2008)· Philip Seymour Hoffman
· Samantha Morton
· Catherine Keener
· Emily Watson
· Dianne Wiest
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Hope Davis
· Tom Noonan
2006Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2000Lucy AwardWomen in Film Lucy Awards· Sharon Stone
· Anne Heche
· Cher
· Jennifer Todd
· Suzanne Todd
· I. Marlene King
· Jane Anderson
· Nancy Savoca

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureManchester by the Sea (2016)
2017Screen Actors Guild AwardScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleManchester by the Sea (2016)
2016Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressManchester by the Sea (2016)
2016Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleManchester by the Sea (2016)
2016WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressManchester by the Sea (2016)
2013CCOPCríticos de Cinema Online Portugueses AwardsBest Actress (Melhor Atriz)My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2013IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Actress (Miglior attrice protagonista)My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2013Rembrandt AwardRembrandt AwardsBest International Actress (Beste Buitenlandse Actrice)My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2013Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/FantasyOz the Great and Powerful (2013)
2012OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Leading ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012AACTA International AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest ActressTake This Waltz (2011)
2012Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleTake This Waltz (2011)
2012Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLead ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012IFC AwardIowa Film Critics AwardsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsActress of the YearMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen TransformationMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Adapted SongMy Week with Marilyn (2011)· Irving Berlin (music and lyrics by: Heat Wave)
· Harold Adamson (music and lyrics by: When Love Goes Wrong - Nothin' Goes Right)
· Hoagy Carmichael (music and lyrics by: When Love Goes Wrong - Nothin' Goes Right)
2012OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012Rembrandt AwardRembrandt AwardsBest International Actress (Beste Buitenlandse Actrice)Blue Valentine (2010)
2012ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ActressTake This Waltz (2011)
2011OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleBlue Valentine (2010)
2011Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaBlue Valentine (2010)
2011EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest ActressBlue Valentine (2010)
2011EDA Special Mention AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality, or SeductionBlue Valentine (2010)· Ryan Gosling
2011ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressBlue Valentine (2010)
2011Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLead ActressBlue Valentine (2010)
2011Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Actress of the YearMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011IGN AwardIGN Summer Movie AwardsBest Movie ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadBlue Valentine (2010)
2011ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest ActressBlue Valentine (2010)
2011PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Motion PictureMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressBlue Valentine (2010)
2010ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleBlue Valentine (2010)
2010Davis AwardAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleBlue Valentine (2010)
2010CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressBlue Valentine (2010)
2010DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressBlue Valentine (2010)
2010DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest ActressBlue Valentine (2010)
2010DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest ActressBlue Valentine (2010)
2010Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Actress of the YearBlue Valentine (2010)
2010SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressBlue Valentine (2010)
2010Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Motion Picture, DramaBlue Valentine (2010)
2010Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress: Horror/ThrillerShutter Island (2010)
2010UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressBlue Valentine (2010)
2010VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ActressBlue Valentine (2010)
2009Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActressWendy and Lucy (2008)
2009Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadWendy and Lucy (2008)
2009ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest ActressWendy and Lucy (2008)
2008EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest ActressWendy and Lucy (2008)
2007Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadLand of Plenty (2004)
2006OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006Rising Star AwardBAFTA Awards
2006CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsSupporting ActressBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastBrokeback Mountain (2005)· Linda Cardellini
· Anna Faris
· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Heath Ledger
· Randy Quaid
2006Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Supporting Actress (Miglior attrice non protagonista)Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting ActressBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Breakthrough Performance - FemaleBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActressBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureBrokeback Mountain (2005)· Linda Cardellini
· Anna Faris
· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Heath Ledger
· Randy Quaid
2006VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Supporting ActressBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Supporting Actress of the YearBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceBrokeback Mountain (2005)· Heath Ledger
· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Linda Cardellini
· Randy Quaid
· Anna Faris
2005SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest Supporting ActressBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting PerformanceBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2004PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble ActingThe Station Agent (2003)· Peter Dinklage
· Patricia Clarkson
· Bobby Cannavale
· Paul Benjamin
· Raven Goodwin
2004ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe Station Agent (2003)· Paul Benjamin
· Bobby Cannavale
· Patricia Clarkson
· Peter Dinklage
· Raven Goodwin
2000Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActressDick (1999)
1999Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young ActressHalloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
1999YoungStar AwardYoungStar AwardsBest Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV SeriesDawson's Creek (1998)
1998YoungStar AwardYoungStar AwardsBest Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV SeriesDawson's Creek (1998)
1995Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance by a Young Actress Co-Starring in a Motion PictureLassie (1994)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressManchester by the Sea (2016)
2016LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressManchester by the Sea (2016)
2011NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest ActressMy Week with Marilyn (2011)
2008VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ActressWendy and Lucy (2008)
2006COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleBrokeback Mountain (2005)· Heath Ledger
· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Randy Quaid
2005ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleBrokeback Mountain (2005)· Heath Ledger
· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Linda Cardarelli
· Randy Quaid
2005DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressBrokeback Mountain (2005)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActressWendy and Lucy (2008)
2008ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Lead PerformanceWendy and Lucy (2008)


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1I remember my mother saying to me at one point, "Just don't make anything your grandmother couldn't see." And at that point I knew I was living a sinful artistic career, because I had done, and I knew I would do.
2I went far away from my home when I was a child: I was only 15. I always dreamed about being an actress, like all the other young girls. But in my home nobody loved cinema, my parents didn't know any talented people or anyone whose vocation was in the arts.
3I had a sweet little house on Douglas Street, it had a garden with a towering magnolia tree. And then we moved when I was pregnant to a different house. That house was like a doll's house, it was big enough for one person about my size, but a little cramped for a man.
4I feel more peaceable since I hit my thirties, more accepting of myself and my flaws. But I don't feel settled, like I have all my ducks in a row -- and maybe that's not realistic.
5Perfection can only be two-dimensional. You can make a picture perfect, and maybe that's why I like film, it's imperfect because it's in motion. I keep trying to think of our home and our life like that, it doesn't have to look a certain way, just feel a certain way.
6One of the best things -- and something I'm grateful for every time I walk onto a film set -- is my six and a half years on Dawson's Creek (1998) and the experience it afforded me in how to get comfortable with the camera. Best acting classes I ever took.
7I had always been kind of obsessed with making a home of my own and was always drawing rooms that I wanted to live in, down to pictures on the wall and the faces that would be in the photographs.
8I have very fond memories of the Ace Hotel in Portland. Yeah, that is some place where I played with my "perfect world" game. And I thought that Portland might get pretty close. Man, there is nothing like a Portland summer. But then I also realized as soon as you make a place home, you invite entanglements, and Portland seemed like a place that I would want to keep free from that. As long as I don't make it my home it stays perfection. I can miss it, I can yearn for it, I can fantasize about it and I can visit it and have the best time.
9[on how roles come to her] It's a funny thing: do you get the roles you're meant for, is there a fate in them? I don't know. It's a bigger question of how the world works, which I don't know about yet. I wish I did. ... I'm a person who needs a lot of time. I make these movies but I've had a tremendous amount of time to prepare for them and a tremendous amount of time between projects to decompress and go back to my life. So I don't work a lot, because I have a child and a life outside of work that I'm devoted to. So when I do make a decision to work, it can't be a whim. It has to have a lot going for it.
10When I work I'm not nervous. Work is this fabulous free zone. There's no judgment. My problems arrive when I'm not working.
11[on having to do interviews and potentially dealing with uncomfortable ones] - ... It's such a funny thing to be in a position that you don't want to be in and unsure of, you know, should I just ... [mimes unhooking a microphone and getting up] It's a funny thing to be sort of sat in a chair, and there's all the people and the bright lights, and you get asked the questions, and you feel like for some reason you have to endure it, or it's sort of part of the job. Maybe if it was now, maybe I would've just taken off the mike and just taken a little break, just walked away for a minute. I don't know. I think being a girl, being a woman, there's always - I do fight with some idea of wanting to please people and wanting to be good and wanting to say the right thing and wanting to get through something.It's a very uncomfortable and hard thing to do, to draw the line or to disappoint someone, even when you're sacrificing what feels right. It's a real predicament, and I say things that I regret sometimes. I get it wrong a lot, but I'm always evaluating and always trying to get a handle on it. Because I do so want to do this work, and if this is a part of this work then I must figure out how to do it in a way that feels appropriate, but still kind of honest and not like I'm wasting time.
12[on if the public aspect(s) of acting has gotten any easier] - Like I said about actors, I think for the most part, my experience recently has been that people are kind and respectful. In general people that I get to meet don't want to say something provocative, or they're not looking for that side of the story, so I find myself more open and more trusting that the experience is going to be an OK experience. I really do try and situate our lives in such a way that we can maintain - so that I can still do the work that supports us, the work that I like to do, but that we can maintain a kind of privacy that I find essential for having a happy and normal childhood. And that I find essential for having a creative view of the world. So in some ways it has gotten easier.But in some ways, like when I have to get my picture taken, it's nothing - I'm already right back to where I started, I'm all kind of bumbling, unsure of myself, weird, a mess. I like this much better, just having a conversation with somebody when there's not a camera. It's much easier to think when you can do this, you know, instead of when you're in some sort of, like, rigid position and you feel obliged to be a superhuman being.
13[on being able to relate to and connect with another actor, even if that connection doesn't last past the actual filming/project] - ... It's a weird thing, the ability to make deep connections and then detach yourself three months later when the movie's over. Like it was all a phantom. You made this phantom in the space that existed between the two of you, that wasn't real and has no home. You know it's a very strange process of real and unreal. I can't quite understand it. All I know is that it's ultimately feels very real at the time, but ultimately not.
14[on the film Land of Plenty (2004)] - It's funny - I have something hanging in my house that somebody asked me about the other day. They said, "What is that weird scrap of paper in the frame?" I said, "Well, I was making this cool thing, this only in New York City thing." What happened was I was making this movie and realizing that I was playing a kind of angel on earth figure, you know, a Wim Wenders kind of thing. I was thinking, thinking, thinking and then walking down the street and I stepped on this piece of paper. I picked it up and it had all the names of the angels listed on it and so I kept it with me. I said, "Ah, this is a good sign." And at the end of the movie we were up on this building looking over at where the twin towers used to be. Somebody took a Polaroid of me and Wim, and on Wim's back, angel wings appeared in the development. So I have this little piece, this little connective tissue, this little thing I remember.That movie was actually really important to me - and to you! - and to not very many other people. It was the first time that a director of such esteem and talent had seen anything interesting about me. I think it was because - and in fact he said as much - he had never seen Dawson's Creek (1998). He wasn't aware of the show at all, and when I drove to meet him at his house, he really met me, not work that I was good or bad in or perceptions that people had of me, positive or negative. He just met me, and from that experience he cast me. After we made the movie he saw pictures of me as Jen on "Dawson's Creek". My passport picture at the time was a picture in, like, full makeup and hair. I was on a little break and he saw the picture and he was like [German accent], "Oh, if I had seen that I don't think I would have cast you!" [laughter]But it was such a nice boost, you know? It was so encouraging to have somebody like that say yes to you. That gave me a lot of confidence when I didn't really have any.... I had done a few independent movies before that, I can't even remember what, and was realizing all the while, oh this is good for me. Not that it's better than other ways of making movies but it's good for me, this sort of familial, calm, contained environment relaxes me and allows me to try things. It allows me space. I work better that way and so having that experience on Wim's movie set me in this kind of direction. I do see them as very linked. I see "Killer Joe", this play I did when I was 18; and "Smelling Rats", a Mike Leigh play that I did when I was 20; and doing "Land of Plenty", I see those things as being directly linked to something like Blue Valentine (2010) or My Week with Marilyn (2011) or this movie. They've all added up into this sort of later stuff.
15[on the difference between women and men directors] If it's different, it's different to me. It's about how I shall receive a man versus a woman. I've had good experiences with both sexes. I certainly enjoy that there's a healthy balance in my career of working with women. I think what Kelly Reichardt and I have going for us right now is that we've made two movies together and we're friends. So we're onto each other.
16I always feel there's a kind of intangible connection that happens between you and a piece of material when you read it for the very first time. So the first time I read something is always the most important time, and I make sure that I can read it in one fell soup, and I don't have to get up and interrupt the experience. And as soon as I closed the script for My Week with Marilyn (2011) I knew that it was going to be the next movie that I wanted to make and I started, basically in that same breath, I started to prepare, because I would need as long as humanly possible to make this transformation.
17I've learned that the happiest houses are not always the cleanest houses. As a single working parent, you're always asking yourself, 'What's the most important thing right now?' I'd rather concentrate on my daughter.
18[on developing a screen characterization] I hope I'm nowhere to be seen.
19I don't think things through very often - I don't project into the future about how a situation will turn out. Even the simplest things, I'm guilty of making really bad decisions a lot of the time. In my work it's a capacity that's served me well, but in my life it can be a problem.
20[on advice she got from Philip Seymour Hoffman after committing to playing Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011)] I've committed to this awful thing of playing Marilyn Monroe. His advice was: 'If there's even a whiff of the icon, things get much less interesting.'
21[on Marilyn Monroe] Contradiction is always a neat thing in any human being. And maybe it was the extremes in her that made her so irresistible, but also made her life so painful - because you can't portray those dramatics without experiencing them first.
22[on playing Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011)] If I knew then what I know now about how many people have opinions about her, I don't know if I would have been brave enough to say yes to the role. I'm certainly not going to please everyone. So I only felt bound by a responsibility to her, to my relationship with her, to my imagination of her. Not to anybody else.
23[in "Elle" magazine, talking about her short "pixie" hairstyle] What Matilda would love is for her mum to grow out the cropped hair, though that's unlikely to happen any time soon. I've really grown into it - I feel like myself with short hair. And it's been a really long time since I had long hair, five years. Of course, the only people who like it are gay men and my girlfriends. Straight men across the board are not into this hair! I cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair and I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it.
24I often dream of quitting acting. Walking away and becoming a laundress or a sous chef or maybe writing other people's love letters for a living.
25I was raised on all those princess fairy tales and I'm a romantic; I want to be a one-man girl.
26[on Marilyn Monroe and playing her in My Week with Marilyn (2011)] I wish that I could play her for the rest of my life. Because when can you say that you've really solved the riddle? When can you say that you really know her? Her deepest desire was to be taken seriously as an actress, but she doesn't really shine in her serious roles. Where she happens to shine is in comedy and in song and dance, but she denied that. She essentially said, 'It's not what I'm good at'. She didn't know it, but she clearly was incandescent.
27[on why she is drawn to stories about romantic love/relationships] - Relationships have always seemed very mysterious, and therefore worth exploring. I'm single, so it's still kind of a mystery-a worthwhile mystery, one that I want to be on the scent of. I'm not lonely, and I think that has a lot to do with what's on my bedside table rather than what's in my bed.
28[on playing "Glinda the Good Witch" in Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)] I think I'd forgotten somewhere along the line that work could be fun, and this is really fun. And it's much nicer to exist in the space of a good witch who grants wishes and tries to help people than in the space of a human mess, like pretty much all the characters I play.
29[on the death of her former fiancé, actor Heath Ledger] Three years ago, it felt like we didn't have anything, and now my life-our life [her and her daughter's] has kind of repaired itself. Look, it's not a perfectly operating system - there are holes and dips and electrical storms - but the basics are intact. 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. For a really long time, I couldn't stop touching people's faces. I was like, 'Look at you! You move! You're here!' It all just seemed so fleeting, and I wanted to hold on to it.
30[on paparazzi and having her daughter being subjected to any of it] You feel like you're in the zoo...that's what seems the most rotten thing about it to me. And I'm going to do everything in my power to make her feel safe and protected, and to extend her childhood for as long as possible.
31[on beauty and the experience of playing Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011)] The expectation to be beautiful always makes me feel ugly because I feel like I can't live up to it. But I do remember one moment of being all suited up as Marilyn and walking from my dressing room onto the soundstage practicing my wiggle. There were three or four men gathered around a truck, and I remember seeing that they were watching me come and feeling that they were watching me go - and for the very first time I glimpsed some idea of the pleasure I could take in that kind of attention; not their pleasure but my pleasure. And I thought, Oh, maybe Marilyn felt that when she walked down the beach...it was lovely to connect with that happy, free Marilyn I knew as a little girl.
32[on trying to gain weight and preparing to play Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011)] Unfortunately, it went right to my face. So at some point it became a question of, Do I want my face to look like Marilyn Monroe's or my hips? ... It felt like being reborn. It felt like breaking my body and remaking it in her image, learning how she walked and talked and held her head. None of that existed in my physical memory, and I knew I needed as much time as possible to make it part of me.
33[on preparing to play Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011)] I'd go to bed every night with a stack of books next to me. And I'd fall asleep to movies of her. It was like when you were a kid and you'd put a book under your pillow hoping you'd get it by osmosis.
34[on taking on the role of Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011)] As soon as I finished the script, I knew that I wanted to do it, and then I spent six months trying to talk myself out of it. But I always knew that I never really had a choice. I've started to believe that you get the piece of material that you were ready for.
35I 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. I feel giddy about it because it's a complete transformation. It's like I've found my voice.
36I think [Vladimir] Nabokov once said that genius is finding the invisible link between things. And that's how I choose to see life. Everything's connected, and everything has meaning if you look for it.
37I love things that are old and beautiful and tell a story, even if it's a sad one.
38I started acting as a child in Community Theatre but I didn't do any serious stuff. It was all musicals like Annie and Wizard of Oz. I was always in the chorus. But now I just sing lullabies. I'd really like to be part of a troupe like that again. There are enough actors living in my Brooklyn neighborhood to start one.
39I'm a glutton for punishment! I won't let myself shrink away from a challenge. While my mind is saying, "Retreat, retreat, retreat!" my heart is already there and that's what ultimately wins.
40I find myself saying this all the time during every movie I make, "Why is this is so hard?" And I realize yes it is. Every movie I make I find kind of excruciating. I get a lot back from it, but I feel like I'm kind of always working at the edge of my ability. I guess that's what I'm looking for when I go to work. I am trying to become the edge.
41I like to do weird things in the shower, like drink my coffee, brush my teeth and drink a smoothie. It's good time management.
42[on Heath Ledger's death in 2008] In a strange way, I miss that year, because all those possibilities that existed then are gone. It didn't seem unlikely to me that he could walk through a door or could appear from behind a bush. It was a year of very magical thinking and, in some ways, I'm sad to be moving further and further away from it.
43It's all so personal, isn't it? It's hard to talk about work without talking about things that are personal. Work is personal. I don't want to talk about my personal life, but it's on my mind, and it's in my work.
44For so long, I felt like a walking open wound everywhere I went. There's this Joan Didion quote about being afflicted from an early age with a presentiment of loss. Did I come into the world like that? Or was I kind of gifted that?
45[on her former partner, Heath Ledger] His family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time, and we know that he is with us still.
46I can't watch myself [in movies]. I used to think I was cool. Now, my standpoint is that I can't be fair. So I can't pass any judgment.
47[on working on her film Timemaster (1995)] It was so awful. We turn the 'M' upside down and called it Timewaster.
48Outside of the business during a dry spell, I scooped ice cream at a country fair, and I ate more than I sold. Making a cone is difficult, and I lost so many scoops into the chocolate swirl.

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