It’s still hard to believe that Michelle Williams, star of films like Blue Valentine and Brokeback Mountain, is the same actress who played Jen Lindley on the Dawson’s Creek. Of course, the real lives of pretty much everyone on that show are surprising—just look at Katie Holmes. In an interview with PopEater, Williams admitted that even while she was on Dawson, the show was miles away from where she wanted to be, career-wise. “Being on Dawson’s Creek was kind of like being a mobster. You set up a shop selling pizza but in the back you’re laundering money. You’re doing one thing in plain sight and secretly plotting something else. I was plotting my tastes, my interests, my beliefs and hopes for what I could be.”
Though Williams did appear in a couple of movies that could be considered fluff (Halloween H2O comes to mind), for the most part she has only taken roles she believed in and lent her credibility. She explained, “It was never an option to me to make a lot of money or do work I couldn’t get behind. That’s not my nature. What is hard is living up to your own expectations. Yes, it was hard getting jobs I wanted. I was a pop tart. It took patience and baby steps.” Michelle has certainly has come a long way since Jen Lindley took Dawson’s virginity and then died in Grams’ arms. (R.I.P. Jen.)—could she take Best Actress at this year’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards?
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