Speaking about starring in Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film Favermans, Michelle Williams said Steven Spielberg’s mother “redefined what it means to be a mother according to who you want to be.”
The 42-year-old actress will play Mitzi Fabermann, a character based on Spielberg’s mother Leah, in the Oscar-nominated film.
Speaking to The Guardian about the experience, which began when 76-year-old Spielberg asked Williams to play the role, the Marilyn actress said: first connected.
“She would get on all fours with them and make sure they were the most important thing in the room. It’s not even everyday life.”
Williams, who rose to fame on the teen drama Dawson’s Creek, added:
“She was not taught how to behave in times. I continued.”
The film, which also stars Gabriel Lovell and Paul Dano, won Spielberg Best Director at the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards earlier this month.
Fabelmans tells the story of 16-year-old aspiring filmmaker Sammy Fabelman, played by LaBelle, and features Williams as his mother, Mitzi, and Dano, 38, as his father, Bert.
The film chronicles Spielberg’s early years, and the official synopsis reads, “A coming-of-age story about the discovery of young people shattering family secrets and their quest for the power of cinema to help them understand each other’s truths.” is explained. ourselves”.
The actress and mother also explored the progress of women in Hollywood.
“I didn’t have grace or poise, nor did my contemporaries. I grew up in the ’80s. Self-esteem wasn’t given to young women. And now,” she says. said.
She added: A wonderful miracle that I never thought I would witness in my lifetime. ”
Williams has a 17-year-old daughter, Matilda, with the late actor Heath Ledger, and two young children with her husband, director Thomas Kale, whom she married in 2020.