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Michelle Williams Defends Jeremy Strong, Reveals How He Helped Her Daughter After Heath Ledger's Death

Michelle Williams Defends Jeremy Strong, Reveals How He Helped Her Daughter After Heath Ledger's Death

Michelle Williams is speaking out in defense of Succession actor Jeremy Strong, who she first met in 2004 when they were both performing at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

After the sudden and tragic death of Heath Ledger, Jeremy moved into Michelle‘s home, along with her sister and another friend. There, she says, he helped her young daughter, Matilda, who is now 16 years old.

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“I think that unfortunately the word ‘method’ has become a buzzy one because of what happened to Jeremy Strong when he tried to describe his process,” Michelle told Variety. “He takes his work as seriously as he takes his play.”

Jeremy was serious enough to hold the weight of a child’s broken heart and sensitive enough to understand how to approach [her] through play and games and silliness,” she continued.

Michelle was asked about Jeremy and the New Yorker profile that received a lot of backlash.

“It’s true that his clothes were always designer, but he had only one sweater and two t-shirts and they were torn at the neck because he would play ponies with my daughter and let her ride on his back and use his clothing as reins,” Michelle said. “So he walked around with his beautiful things ruined and he never thought twice about it and he never told her to stop.”

“[Matilda] didn’t grow up with her father but she grew up with her Jeremy and we were changed by his ability to play as though his life depended on it, because hers did,” Michelle continued.

“We’ve all been in awe of his talent,” she added. “We’ve watched him work harder than anyone and wait a long time for other people to recognize it. So when he became so celebrated, we all celebrated.”

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