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Williams talks Ledger, Monroe role

Michelle Williams has told US Vogue magazine that although life has settled since the death of her former fiance, actor Heath Ledger, it's affected all facets of her life.

The 31-year-old actress says in the magazine's October issue that experiencing loss has changed her daily interactions, career and how she acts as a parent and friend.

Heath, father to Michelle's six-year-old daughter Matilda, died aged 28 in January 2008 after an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

Michelle said: "Three years ago, it felt like we didn't have anything, and now my life - our life - has kind of repaired itself.

"It's changed how I see the world and how I interact on a daily basis. It's changed the parent I am. It's changed the friend I am. It's changed the kind of work that I really want to do. It's become the lens through which I see life - that it's all impermanent.

"For a really long time, I couldn't stop touching people's faces. I was like, 'Look at you! You move! You're here!' It all just seemed so fleeting, and I wanted to hold on to it."

Michelle plays another Hollywood star whose life was cut short, Marilyn Monroe, in the film, My Week With Marilyn. It's about a week of Monroe's life in 1956 while filming the movie The Prince And The Showgirl.

Michelle says she tried to gain weight for the role to have some of Monroe's famous curves.

But she revealed: "Unfortunately, it went right to my face. So at some point it became a question of, 'do I want my face to look like Marilyn Monroe's or my hips?'."

The actress opted to fill out her hips with padding.

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