Michelle Williams gave birth to two children and acted in a Steven Spielberg movie in a span of a few years. She is now trying to maintain a boundary between home & work.
Balancing our personal and professional lives can be difficult for many of us. Recently, actress Michelle Williams also had to juggle between acting in the biggest movie role of her life and motherhood. The actress, 42, revealed to Entertainment Weekly, that she got the call to work on a Steven Spielberg-directed film after she gave birth to her son, Hart, 2. After she wrapped shooting for the film, she welcomed another baby with her husband Thomas Kail. Williams also told Variety, "I wondered if I could work while I was pregnant, but I’m too tired.”
She was further asked by Entertainment Weekly, how she managed to act in an intensely physical role and give birth to two babies. She answered, "It's amazing because we all do it. That's how every human gets here, is a woman giving of herself. [Babies] have to arrive, and they have to be sustained, all of it. She further spoke of balance and said, "so I'm continuously searching because balance isn't a stable place. Balance means that you're always adjusting."
While it might be difficult, she added, "So you have to figure it out because we have to stay in the workforce, even though it often feels like it's untenable. My heart obviously belongs to my children, they tug at it the most. But I really want to be able to have both. And I think that it requires deep thought and learning and the support of other women to figure out how to get through it."
She further added "I would like to give a shout-out to the Elvie breast pump for being hands-free and not plugging me into the wall so I can pump a bottle of milk for my baby while I'm having lunch with my toddler. That's a big one for me."
She now maintains a strict boundary between her home and work, as she is a mother of three children. She added, "I think that having kids is really great for that. I'm not going to go take something home and pollute my kids' experience. I think, ultimately, I can remember that it's not my life, it's not my pain or my sorrow. It's something that moves through me and then it moves out of me."
She also said, "there are people who are going home tonight who won't be tucking their kids into bed. And so I don't think I've ever had a hard time keeping perspective about what's mine and what belongs to the women that I play. Ultimately, this work is a joy. What's difficult is living up to your standard for yourself, your own ideal."
She also loves making movies for children, "yeah, I really do. I love making movies for children now that I'm back in the little-kid years. They're all different worlds."
Williams' world includes both her personal life and her work commitments and she does a great job at balancing both!
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