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Natalie Portman & Michelle Williams Chat About Being Child Actors

Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams both got their starts in the business as child actors and they opened up about their experiences in this new Variety Actors on Actors interview.

“I was around the same age [eleven],” Michelle said. “It’s a funny thing, you know? It turned out all right. But it isn’t a life that I would want necessarily. It was really hard when I started out, and the bottom of absolutely every barrel. My first agent was a part-time undertaker.”

“It worked out OK. It’s a really long way, and not necessarily a very nice one. It’s a hard childhood to have — or a lack of a childhood to have. I do love doing it, and I can’t really imagine doing anything else. I want to keep doing it. But when I see kids on the set, or when I work with kids in movies, I feel really torn about their role there,” Michelle added.

Click inside to read Natalie Portman’s comments on being a child star… More Here! »

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Michelle Williams: I Didn't Expect to Be Dating at 36 with an 11-Year-Old

Michelle Williams looks gorgeous wearing a Michael Kors photo on the cover of Porter magazine’s latest issue, on newsstands December 2.

Here’s what the 36-year-old Manchester By the Sea actress had to share:

On being a single mom to daughter Matilda with the late Heath Ledger: “I know a handful of women in similar positions [to me], it’s kind of like a club. It’s a sh*tty club and we don’t want any new members… and all of the current members are exhausted. But man, oh man, it’s lifesaving to have [them]. My friend Busy [Phillips] and her husband Marc [Silverstein] said, ‘Michelle, you’re in like a blackout zone, everybody is now partnered up and you have to wait for people to start getting divorced.’ Oh my f*cking God…”

On getting into the dating scene: “Talk about a learning process. I think, God, what would I say about it? I feel really sensitive about it and certainly did not expect to be still dating at 36 with an 11-year-old. This is not what I imagined. I’m like a cat, I’m a very domestic creature. I just want to stay home and take care of people. But I’m also happy with myself and just because I might have a desire to be with someone… that won’t lead me to marry the wrong person.”

On finding her life complete: “I watched [Matilda] warm in the sun, in her swimsuit, get on her bicycle and smile and wave as she rode off to go meet her friends. I went back into the house and sobbed because of this incredibly simple moment – common everyday happiness. I really felt like in that moment, like wow, we’ve done it. Not only are we OK, she’s happy. Life has brought us to a place that’s not just surviving, but thriving.”

For more from Michelle, visit Net-A-Porter.com.

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Michelle Williams on Heath Ledger's Death: 'It Just Won’t Ever Be Right'

Michelle Williams is getting candid about raising her 11-year-old daughter Matilda without her father, Heath Ledger.

The 36-year-old actress is already drumming up Oscar buzz for her performance in Manchester by the Sea, in which she plays a heartbroken mother trying to deal with a family tragedy.

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“I couldn’t stop crying,” she told Porter magazine about the film. “It’s like the darkest part of your heart, something happening to your child … She’s making a brave choice, moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day. Because it is a choice. I would exit … It would be so much easier than living with the loss.”

Michelle is currently raising Matilda by herself following Heath‘s death from accidental overdose in January 2008, when he was 28.

“In all honesty, for pretty much everything else, I feel like I’m a believer in not fighting circumstances, accepting where you are and where you’ve been,” Michelle added. “In pretty much all senses but one. I would be able to go totally down that line of thinking were it not for Matilda not having her dad. You know that’s just something that doesn’t … I mean, it just won’t ever be right.”

Casey Affleck Didn't Want To Do An Accent in 'Manchester by the Sea'

Casey Affleck wasn’t a fan of doing a Massachusetts accent in his upcoming film Manchester by the Sea.

While making an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the 41-year-old actor revealed he didn’t want to do the accent at first.

“For a minute I thought maybe I wouldn’t do it – a Boston accent – because sometimes they’re hard to get right…But I was shot down,” he said.

Casey went on to explain that he knows not everyone in Massachusetts has an accent and it might be hard for such a big cast to get right but they eventually decided it was right for the film.

Check out all that he had to say below…

Also pictured inside: Casey and his co-star Michelle Williams attending a TimesTalks on Thursday (November 17) in NYC.

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Busy Philipps & Michelle Williams Enjoy an Afternoon Shopping at Madewell!

Busy Philipps and Michelle Williams walk hand in hand as they make their way into the Madewell Holiday Pop Up Event on Tuesday afternoon (November 15) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The longtime BFFs and former Dawson’s Creek co-stars looked cute as they spent their afternoon shopping during the event.

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The event helped launch Madewell‘s new gift guide for the upcoming holiday season.

Later that day, Busy changed her outfit into jeans and a blouse as she and Michelle left the event.

FYI: Busy is wearing a plaid jumpsuit by Madewell.

20+ pictures inside of Busy Philipps and Michelle Williams enjoying their afternoon together…

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Ben Affleck Supports Brother Casey & Bestie Matt Damon At 'Manchester By The Sea' Premiere!

Ben Affleck is dapper in a suit while attending the premiere of Manchester By The Sea held at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Monday (November 14) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 44-year-old actor showed his support for his bestie Matt Damon, who produced the flick, as well as his brother Casey, who stars in the film alongside Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, Matthew Broderick, Kara Hayward and Anna Baryshnikov.

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Also in attendance to show their support was Matt‘s wife Luciana, Juliette Lewis and her boyfriend Brad Wilk, and Michelle‘s best friend Busy Philipps and Amanda Peet.

FYI: Michelle is wearing a Louis Vuitton dress paired with Repossi jewelry.

35+ pictures inside of Ben and Casey Affleck and others at the premiere… More Here! »

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Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, & Amy Adams Speak at Variety's Actors on Actors Event

Natalie Portman lets out a laugh while in conversation with Michelle Williams at the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors event on Saturday afternoon (November 12) in Los Angeles.

The 35-year-old Jackie star and the 36-year-old Manchester by The Sea star weren’t the only actresses at the event! FencesViola Davis and Sully‘s Tom Hanks spoke, as well as Arrival‘s Amy Adams and Hacksaw Ridge‘s Andrew Garfield. In addition, Viola brought her adorable daughter Genesis to watch!

The conversations, which are presented by The Venetian Las Vegas, will begin to debut later on in November.

FYI: Andrew is wearing an Everlane sweater. More Here! »

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