Michelle Williams Keeps It Refreshingly Real About Romance as a Single Mom

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We've loved Michelle Williams since she was the mysterious Jen Lindley who rolled into town with a dark secret on teen soap Dawson's Creek. We've loved her as she's grown as an actress and taken on interesting and dynamic roles -- most recently her turn in Manchester by the Sea as haunted mom Randi, who is harboring an unimaginable pain. And we appreciate that in her real life, Williams is willing to speak openly and honestly about her own personal struggles -- as she did recently in an interview for WSJ Magazine, in which Williams discussed the realities of life as a single 36-year-old mother of one.

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Williams's name was splashed across headlines in January of 2008, when 28-year-old actor Heath Ledger overdosed from prescription painkillers, leaving Williams behind to care for their young daughter, Matilda. Nine years later, Williams and her daughter live a quiet life in Brooklyn, "stuck -- in a good place," as Williams put it. She has chosen her projects based on giving her now-11-year-old daughter stability -- "when you're looking at [a job], there's also the criteria of timing, the school calendar, the location, the duration, and just where we're at as a family" -- and the steadiness has allowed her to go to work without worrying about home.

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And while Williams -- a four-time Oscar nominee (she's up for Best Supporting Actress at this year's awards) -- has dabbled in dating over the years, she explained to WSJ Magazine that it's as simple as this: She hasn't met someone she wants to marry. And, perhaps most important, she trusts her instincts.

Still, Williams does not sugarcoat anything. As she told the mag:

It's hard to romanticize romance when you're 36. When you've been a parent for 11 years and you've done it alone, you don't have romantic ideals, because you have a practical understanding that you can do it by yourself. The romantic idea of meeting your person and having a storybook family life that looks like the model you grew up with -- that doesn't really exist for me.

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Williams's honesty is refreshing, as is her realistic perspective. She is clearly using her advantages in life -- namely, her income that allows her to provide for her daughter alone -- to do things her own way and to not have to settle. It certainly isn't a luxury all single parents have, and we're glad to see her use what she has to make a happy life for herself and her little girl.

And this is all despite the "alienating" feeling she describes having as a mom raising her child without a partner. "At school functions, there's only two of us single mothers. Everyone else has a partner, so we buddy up," she told the magazine.

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It is no wonder Williams is so often a fan favorite; aside from her obvious talents, she has maintained a genuine, relatable sense about her, making her one we always like to keep on our radar. We look forward to seeing what she does -- and what she shares -- next.

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