Michelle Williams’ Vanity Fair Interview: New Love, Equal Pay, and Heath Ledger

Famous people often document their personal struggles in hopes of helping the masses, and given that they are so far away from my own life, it’s something I simply don’t relate to. But Michelle Williams is the exception. Her statements on grief have been immensely helpful, most notably when she discussed her torment about leaving the town house she once shared with her late love Heath Ledger. Of the painful decision, she said, “At that time, I was inconsolable, because I felt, How will he be able to find us? This is where we lived, and he won’t know where we are. And now I can’t believe I thought that. Maybe what’s making me cry is I feel sad for the person who thought he won’t be able to locate [us].” Having left a job after my boss/best friend passed away and thinking almost the EXACT same thing, I was extremely grateful for her her honesty. She also said, “Grief is like a moving river, so that’s what I mean by it’s always changing. It’s a strange thing to say because I’m at heart an optimistic person, but I would say in some ways it just gets worse. It’s just that the more time that passes, the more you miss someone.”

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Williams once again solidified all the reasons I love her. For starters, she discussed the dread of dressing up for interviews, which is something I never noticed until expressly pointed out. As women, we often read interviews that begin by discussing a woman’s appearance, and in this new world, those days are hopefully over. Williams also addressed that infamous pay gap between her and Mark Wahlberg for ‘All the Money in the World,’ saying, “I was one woman by myself and I couldn’t do anything about it. But in the wolf pack—the phrase Abby Wambach uses—things are possible. And that’s really what it took: somebody who was at the head of the pack, Jessica Chastain, pulling me up with her, and then all these other women surrounding me, teaching me.” Though I was not aware that the story only gained traction after Chastain’s tweet (having been originally printed months prior), it’s certainly no surprise that Chastain led the movement. It is; however, surprising that Williams stayed with her longtime agent, but she is apparently very forgiving, having said she believes in “second chances.” Hopefully those suits at Hollywood’s top studio learned a thing or two also.

Finally, the intensely private Williams discusses her new marriage to musician Phil Elverum, hoping to help women in similar circumstances who might have given up on the hope of finding love. To put it simply, she says, “I am finally loved by someone who makes me feel free.”

For more of her beautiful interview, visit VANITY FAIR.

Rumer Willis Speaks Out About Photo-Shopping

There’s no bigger proponent of promoting natural looks than myself, and while magazines can certainly airbrush photos to diminish imperfections, there’s a vast difference between disguising a pimple and altering someone’s entire face. When a Vanity Fair photographer severely altered Rumer Willis’ jaw for a photoshoot, the outspoken star took to Instagram to ask for the photo’s removal and likened the act to “bullying.” It might seem like an interesting choice of words, but I’d say it’s accurate. What’s next? Photo-shopping nose jobs? The Willis sisters are especially vulnerable to attack, given that they are spawn of two of the most famous people in history. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There’s no one standard for beauty, and everyone should not look the same. I won’t name names, but there’s certain people in Hollywood whose faces are so altered in similar ways, I cannot tell the difference between them.

Any friends of fans of mine who posted this I would appreciate if you took it down. The photographer Photoshopped my face to make my jaw smaller and I find it really offensive for anyone to try and change the way you look so drastically. I love the way I look and I won’t support anyone who would feel a need to change the way I look to make me beautiful. Whether or not they realize it, it is a form of bullying, which I won’t stand for.

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Quote of the Day: Robin Wright on Sean Penn in Vanity Fair

“I’m not in the business of talking about what ‘isn’t. My eyes are set forward and I’ve never been happier. I have too much respect for Sean and our two extraordinary children to sell our past joys and woes for public consumption and fodder. I believe we were together not only to have our beautiful children but to learn how to love … for the next time around, the right way. ” Robin Wright on her marriage to Sean Penn.

George Clooney v. Gwyneth Paltrow v. Vanity Fair — OUCH

In an effort to annihilate her haters, Gwyneth Paltrow garnered some more. For months it’s been rumored that Vanity Fair will run a “take down” piece on Paltrow, which will focus on why the public likes to pounce on the star and why her likability leaves a little to be desired. While I find the interest entirely confusing (i.e. WHO CARES), Paltrow’s reaction is more notable, given that she emailed everyone in Hollywood to bully them into boycotting the magazine altogether. That list allegedly included George Clooney, who objected to be dragged into her mess. Watch Clooney poke fun at Paltrow during his Vanity Fair shoot, and watch Julia Roberts’ very hilarious reaction.

Vanity Fair v. Gwyneth Paltrow — They’re Exposing What?!

GwynethPaltrowSensuous_croppedPublic forums provide wonderful opportunities to downsize the evil elite, and I take great pride in choosing my subjects wisely. That standard usually involves bad behavior, with a specific focus on one’s treatment of others. But I have my limits. Having lived in the business for many years, you might be astounded by the level of juicy gossip I’ve heard about Hollywood’s A-listers, and the extent to which I’ve kept that information private. Why? Because I launched this site with moral integrity, and exposing someone’s drug addiction, impending divorce, or mental heath issues would send me straight to the hell I envision exists for other bloggers. And sometimes — that hell extends beyond bloggers, and transfers to magazines. Today’s target is Vanity Fair, who’s allegedly planning a take-down piece on Gwyneth Paltrow, which includes an inquiry into whether she cheated on her husband. When I read these rumors, I was immediately reminded of the rage I felt regarding their Tom Cruise piece, which involved the same level of disgusting probes into the actor’s privacy. Is an actor’s personal life anyone’s business? While they might invite inquiry after jumping on a couch or two, does that justify an extensive pile of hurtful propaganda, especially when there is children involved? Someone is going to hell in a hand basket, and I’ll gladly start gathering the bamboo (it will burn fast).