Oh, Nightline. Seriously now.
After the tragic passing of Heath Ledger almost three years ago, Michelle Williams seemed to finally be wearing a somewhat happier countenance. But, hold the phone. Here comes Nightline.
Oh, yes. Or really--oh, NO. The show's editing team had to swoop in and come dangerously close to ruining it all. (Watch the video below to see for yourself.)
In an interview with Kevin Sessums that appeared in The Daily Beast, Sessums asked Williams about Ledger's accidental death and if she felt in anyway a part of it. She declined to comment on that question in particular, explaining how hurt she was by the way Nightline's producers chose to cut her three-hour sit-down on the show. She didn't want her words being taken out of context again.
"When it comes to interviews, it all becomes rather tricky because I don't want to say something without resonance but then I don't want to go too far," Williams said. "I just had an experience with Nightline that got edited in such a way that seemed as if I did go too far. It was a three-hour interview that was edited in such a way that was devastating to me."
The private Golden Globe-nominated Blue Valentine actress said she felt Nightline used the footage inappropriately, and it misled the audience to believe she discussed more than she should have about a very personal matter.
"I mean, I am still such the-good-girl," she said. "I want everybody to like me. I want everybody to be happy. I want to please people. So that desire in the moment overrode that ‘me' that is on top of myself, that ‘me' that is on top of a situation. Then they used those few quotes and the way they edited the piece to sell the interview, and it appeared as if I were breaking some kind of silence and sitting down with the express purpose to discuss something that is very private to me."
Sessums noted that Williams seemed to be in better overall spirits during the interview than when he'd seen her in the past, but even still—the road to total healing is a long one and she hasn't quite reached the end yet.
"I experienced a lot of loss after his death," she told Sessums. "I lost my city because of all the paparazzi descending upon us. I actually lost my journal during that time, oddly enough. I literally couldn't hold on to anything. It felt as if things were literally slipping through my fingers. Things were just streaming away from me. I lost my sense of humor. I'm still sort of looking for that."