Michelle Williams has said she will not raise her and the late Heath Ledger’s daughter, Matilda, in Hollywood.
“I wouldn’t raise [Matilda] there. For all the obvious reasons — being the daughter of … Being an actor’s daughter. It’s a town that’s about one thing and I want her to have options,” Williams told Britain’s Telegraph newspaper.
The actress, who is currently promoting the UK release of her indie film, “Wendy and Lucy,” told the publication she hopes Matilda will grow up to be a doctor. The 3-and-a-half-year-old is hoping to grow up to be a cowgirl, however, the paper reported.
Though she is currently promoting her film, Williams admitted she hasn’t taken a job in quite some time as Ledger’s death was something she “couldn’t work through.
“I felt burnt out, I still feel that, but I’m coming back to my wits, little by little,” she said. “Ultimately I am not yet ready to work. I’ve actually really been enjoying not working … I guess everybody enjoys that.”
Instead, in addition to taking care of Matilda, Williams said she has been “cooking, cleaning and sewing.”
And, Williams said, she doesn’t feel the pressure to return immediately despite the wishes of Hollywood.
“Everybody says ‘The time is now.’ But I can be 28 and take a year off. Hopefully there’ll still be something there to go back to,” she said.
Williams also explained she is happy to stick to independent films.
“I’ll be happy making movies for $300,000 for the rest of my life, if the roles are interesting. On that level, there’ll always be something to go back to,” she said.
One thing Williams isn’t interested in though, is her romance with director, Spike Jonze.
“I don’t really want to talk about that,” she said. “In terms of trying to convey how you feel, you can never really say it right … I do worry too much about getting it just right.”