The film, “Suite française,” is her first since 2013’s “Oz the Great and Powerful,” a Disney blockbuster that was atypical for her career.
Williams, 34, has always favored smaller indie productions like 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain,” 2010’s “Blue Valentine” and 2011’s “My Week with Marilyn.” She was nominated for Oscars for best supporting actress or best actress in each of those films.
During her hiatus from the big screen, Williams wasn’t resting on her laurels. She was appearing on Broadway as Sally Bowles in the hit revival of Cabaret.
“You truly never know what’s going to happen,” she tells the magazine about her theater role. “And to have things go wrong, or to make mistakes in real time and then be able to assimilate whatever is different is a tremendous feeling.”
Her latest film, “Suite Français,” was released in March in the UK and will be distributed in the United States by the Weinstein Company sometime this year.
Wiliams plays, Lucille Angellier, who lives in Nazi occupied France during the war. She’s staying with her domineering mother-in-law while awaiting news about her husband, who is a prisoner of war.
German troops arrive and are quartered in villagers’ houses. A dashing German officer moves in with Lucille and she slowly becomes drawn to him, leading to a tragic love affair.
The French, English and Belgian collaboration is based on a novel by Irene Nemirovsky. It was discovered by her daughter 50 years after Nemirovsky’s death in a Nazi concentration camp.
Williams also used her hiatus to spend more time with daughter Matilda, eight, whom she had during a relationship with the late Heath Ledger.
She tells the magazine:
“I feel like I’m so good at raising a kid when I’m not working. I don’t forget anything. I’ve got everything covered. It’s a real luxury to have a moment when I’m not scrambling. I feel like most of my life, I’m trying to do two things at once, both to the best of my abilities. So that leaves me feeling pretty exhausted. I’m the person who falls asleep all the time. You invite me over for dinner or to a party, and there’s a whole scrapbook of pictures of me napping. I’ve even been given a nickname because of my snoring.”
For her photo spread, Michelle poses for photographer Kerry Hallihan, wearing Louis Vuitton.
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