Michelle Williams Wishes the Paparazzi Would Leave Her Alone

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Michelle WilliamsWhen ex boyfriend Heath Ledger died, Michelle Williams became the poster child for his grieving family and friends. A quiet, gentle woman, mother of his child ... the world couldn't look away. But Michelle Williams really, really wishes they would.

She recently opened up to Newsweek, for maybe the first time since Heath's death. And she had no kind words for her constant companions, the paparazzi: ""It burns a fire inside of me, the s––– that I've seen people do to get at me or my daughter," she says. "I won't forget it, and I won't support it. I don't want my daughter growing up feeling spied on or threatened."

Michelle's currently taking a time-out in a quiet farmhouse in upstate New York. After that, who knows, but she said that if getting the privacy she and daughter Matilda Rose need means quitting acting, she'll do it. "If it gets to the point where I can't situate my life in a way that they stay away more, then I'll drop a match on the thing," she says. "I'll be sad. I like to act. It's saved my life over and over again. It's given me a sense of self-esteem, self-worth. I have this thing that I'm in love with-acting-and now it has this baggage."

I've always respected Michelle Williams, both for her acting and for the way she carries herself as a woman and a mother. Suddenly, I respect her a little more. Though I don't understand what it feels like to be followed constantly by photographers, I do know how it feels to know you'd do anything for your child's happiness and well-being.

Will the paps leave her alone? Not likely, but hopefully she can find a happy balance between the work she loves and the privacy she deserves. Michelle's new movie, Wendy and Lucy, will be in theaters December 10th.

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