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Golden Globes: Michelle Williams is a Ricky Gervais fan

January 15, 2012 |  9:12 pm

Michelle Williams

Ricky Gervais, you’ve got a fan in Michelle Williams. Clutching her Golden Globe award for best actress in a comedy or musical for her performance for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in “My Week With Marilyn,” Williams said she was pleased with the surly host.

“I’ve just been laughing,” she said backstage. “I haven’t heard him make fun of me yet. Maybe my laughter will turn to tears if he does.”

For now, she's safe. The actress was meek backstage, answering questions in a soft whisper -- almost still inhabiting the role of the Hollywood icon she takes on in the film. When asked who she shares credit with in playing Monroe, Williams insisted there wasn’t enough time to list them all. But to her car driver who got snubbed during the telecast, the actress couldn’t have done it without you!

“You realize when you find yourself in this lucky position, you’re really not there alone,” the actress said. "There are a lot of names, but I don’t think you’d print them all. My family, the people that I worked with, the driver that listened to vocal warm-ups for two months in the car with me.”

The hardest part of the role? “Saying yes,” she said. Williams later noted the pressure of playing someone admired by so many: “I felt responsibility, tremendous responsibility,” she said. “In other roles, only I know when I’m getting it right or wrong.” Playing Marilyn Monroe “was new and terrifying and probably more challenging than anything else I’ve ever done.”


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Photo: Michelle Williams at the 69th Golden Globes. Credit: Associated Press

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