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Michelle Williams Pt. 3


By Eric Gladstone

“Moving to L.A., I don’t know if I would’ve had the guts to do it now as opposed to when I was 15, and was fearless. In a lot of senses I wasn’t [ready for it].” Nor, even after spots on “Baywatch” and “Home Improvement,” and film roles in Timemaster, Species, and a remake of Lassie (all of which she is neither ashamed, nor particularly proud), was she ready for the instant notoriety that came with hit TV show, “Dawson’s Creek.”

“It was just really overwhelming,” says Michelle of the first flush of success. “There were so many things I didn’t expect or understand.”

She visibly brightens at the thought of describing her short life in literary examples. But her answers are also telling: after “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,’ for her childhood and Judy Blume books for her pre-teen years, she chooses Dostoyevsky’s “Notes From Underground” Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” and Herman Hesse for the last several years—not exactly light reading. For recent months, she picks the poetic erotica of Anais Nin.

Right now, though, sitting in a booth at the historic and newly-hip Hollywood haunt Musso and Frank’s Grill, Michelle seems like she jumped right out of the pages of Salinger. Far away from both her teen fans and detractors (like the creators of the “I Hate Jen” website), she tucks her knees up against her in the leatherette and wood booth, taking nibbles of a grilled cheese sandwich and sips of tomato soup between thoughts. She laughs at the thought of any special diet or work out regime (“I smoke a lot and I hear that keeps the weight down,” she cracks), but also admits sullenly that she isn’t a bit comfortable with her body. “Not at all,” she whispers

“I keep having dreams about having a disability. I had a dream the other night that my arm was just a stump from here, and my leg ended just below my knee. I keep having dreams about it, that I’m missing something.”

Williams is loathe to criticize “Dawson’s,” now in its third season, but admits her steady job is “like punching in a time card.” She is also feeling the constraints of being under a six-year contract. “I can’t really imagine doing another TV show after this.

“What if I decide that I want to be a school teacher [one of her half-sisters’ profession] what if I said I wanted to move to Paris and study art, or if I’d want to become a truck driver? Maybe I will want to go to college.”

Still she paints an enviable picture of her home life in the tiny island village of Wrightsville, ten minutes from Wilmington, North Carolina where “Dawson’s” shoots.

“I went to a psychic yesterday, somebody who came highly, highly recommended. And she said, ‘you live in a warm place, it’s so full of light.’” While Michelle doesn’t know how many of the psychic’s predictions to take seriously (including getting a dog and “one or more” children), she speaks devotedly of her small beach house.

Continued at Pt. 4

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