Michelle Williams chats Heath Ledger, rumored romance with Ryan Gosling on 'Nightline'

During last night’s Nightline interview with Cynthia McFadden to promote Dec. 29’s Blue Valentine, Michelle Williams opened up about the death of ex-fiancé Heath Ledger, who passed away in New York nearly three years ago. “In a strange way, I miss that year,” said Williams, who coped with her loss by reading Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, “because all those possibilities that existed then are gone. It didn’t seem unlikely to me that he could walk through a door or could appear from behind a bush. It was a sad year of very magical thinking. And in some ways, I’m sad to be moving further and further  away from that.”

The chat, however, didn’t completely center on the tragedy. Blue Valentine co-star Ryan Gosling stopped by to discuss their project — and to dodge rumors that the duo were dating. “You are not an item?” McFadden asked. Answered Gosling: “Creatively, we are doing it.”

See video embedded after the jump.

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  • tnsmoke

    It was a very moving interview, I felt her pain of losing Heath. I also detected some vibes between her and Ryan, but that could be from the bond they formed making Blue Valentine. I found it amazing that they actually lived together with their on screen kid, for a month and did all the “family” stuff and Ryan even got a job moving furniture! They seem very close but not sure it’s a romantic relationship, but if it is, Ryan Gosling seems a good choice in my book.

  • m1

    She didn’t say too much, but still a nice interview. It feels like ages since Ledger died, but it is really great that she recovered and is having a great time with her daughter.

    • confidential

      I understad what she is saying like no other. After the initial shock you do whatever you can to hold onto to the memory of the person. I would even count the days since I last saw them. After a while you almost catch yourself having days without thinking out them and you feel sort of wrong for that. What happens is the grief becomes part of you that you no longer have to tend to or be aware of. It just become part of you.

  • Larry David

    If he appeared from behind a bush in full Joker makeup and costume….now THAT would be memorable!

    • StewyFan

      Really? Seriously? Can you please find some tact.

  • stephen

    She is stunning and I will forever love her especially after her performance in Brokeback Mountain. She deserved to win the Oscar. As did Heath Ledger. That whole film still haunts me to this day.

    • tracy bluth

      I totally agree. Every part of that film is haunting and amazing.

  • an

    anyone know where the quote is that michelle spoke of?

  • Rosie

    I don’t really know much about Michelle Williams and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single interview with her, but I’m struck at how classy and lovely she is. It must have been a difficult interview, but she was very well composed. I’m impressed! I’m looking forward to seeing Blue Valentine.

  • suzycreamcheese

    I still can’t believe it either.

  • Ruby

    I have a special place in my heart for Michelle because I loved Heath so much. Whatever their business was his death could not but affect her deeply and she is super classy. But if she had to date anyone, go for Ryan girl. That boy is sexy as hell…and can act the hecka out of anything. He’s one of the best of our generation, like Heath was. Can’t wait for Blue Valentine.

  • tracy bluth

    That quote is so heartbreaking…I’m amazed at how she was able to stay so composed…you could tell there were tears welling up in her eyes. She’s beautiful and an extraordinary actress

  • matt

    I don’t think the fact that he can act should factor into why she should date him. You probably didn’t mean it that way but that’s how it came across.

  • mike c.

    I used to like Michelle Williams, but ever since she became Ledger’s unofficial widow, she seems to have gone off the deep end. Trying to “sex up” her image (e.g., that silly peroxide blonde do) is just pathetic. And her acting has suffered in recent years, too. She’s now become irritatingly mannered and affected. I loved Gosling in “Blue Valentine,” but Williams…not so much.

    • k

      “Have gone off the deep end?” Give me a break. “Trying to sex up her image.” By the way, that hair is for a role she is playing. One more thing – Go away.

    • Claire

      I think Michelle has blossomed into a very classy and composed young woman. And I adore the ‘do!

    • MSD

      How have you seen Blue Valentine to judge her in it? Its not out yet…..

    • T

      She has the peroxided blonde hair because she is playing Marilyn Monroe in a movie that’s she’s filming…moron….

    • Psac

      She had longer blonde hair back when she was on Dawson’s Creek way back when.

  • mike c.

    Oh, yeah. Ledger was incredibly overrated, too. Dude gave more indifferent, phoning-it-in perfs in crap like “First Knight” and “The Order” than he gave truly memorable ones (“Brokeback,” “Monster’s Ball,” maybe the overrated “Dark Night”). That Aussie was no River Phoenix, kids; sorry.

  • Silk Spectre

    Wow,I love her. She was probably was the crown jewel in Shutter Island. Me and my family still talk about her performance!

  • StewyFan

    I adore both Michelle and Ryan. I very classy woman. It had to be hard to discuss Heath and feel for her that she went through something like that. I cannot wait to see Blue Valentine next week. It appears to be a beautiful film.

  • Christian

    I knew from the very first episode of Dawson’s Creek that she was going places. She just had that something the rest of the young cast didn’t have. I’m glad her talent is finally being recognized.

    • Psac

      I thought the same thing about Katie Holmes, and for a while I was right… how things change.

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