Oz The Great and Powerful- Michelle Williams Interview #DisneyOzEvent

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This post is my first in a series of Oz interview related posts.  While in Pasadena I had the privileged to take part in group interviews with Sam Raimi, Joey King, Zach Braff, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and of course- Michelle Williams.  The interviews took place literally one right after another.  It was amazing.

Based on my previous impressions of Michelle Williams I thought she would be somewhat timid or shy.  I was pleasantly surprised to find her engaging, personable, and extremely friendly.  She immediately felt like a friend.  Of course, it could definitely be her initial comment “I should be asking you- bloggers the questions!”.  A celebrity who follows mommy bloggers!?  Clearly she was with the right audience.  If you scroll down to the bottom of the interview she also had more to say about mommy bloggers as our interview ended.

michelle williams oz interview by jeanne eschenberg sagerphoto courtesy of http://www.insideoutmotherhood.com/

Here is the scoop on our interview.

QuestionAre you prepared to have legions of little girls flocking around you?

Michelle Williams– In all truthfulness, it was the most exciting thing for me to realize, that I would delight young children. There are these little girls, the extras, and I would walk by them in full costume, you would just hear, “awww”, “ohhh”, and they were really shy and waving.  I was thinking about delighting one young child, and I didn’t realize there would be more than one.  And what feels better in this whole world than making a kid smile?  So, that’s fine with me.

QuestionHow do you balance your career with motherhood?

Michelle Williams- I was afraid you might ask something like that.  I mean, how does anybody do it?  It’s like an Olympian undertaking.  What have I figured out?  What have I really learned?  I find they’re all such hard lessons, too.  Like, when you really arrive at something that’s true and honest, it’s taken you so long to get there, and you had to work so hard for it.  Because it’s just not what you think it’s gonna be, and nobody really prepares you for it, and nobody really tells you the truth, which is that it’s not possible.  It’s not possible to do both things well at the same time, especially not if you are exacting, and maybe a Virgo, and really critical, and ask a lot of yourself.  Every mother that I know asks a lot of themselves.  So what I’m trying to wrap my head around is to get comfortable with the moments, to get comfortable with the fact that it’s gonna feel like a scale, and there’s never gonna be a perfect balance, and it’s always gonna be a give and take.

Something’s always gonna feel like it’s suffering, like it’s underserved.  And that’s really hard on your heart, to feel like you’re not being the best parent that you could be, or you’re not being the best at your job that you could be.  That’s what I’m really trying to get peaceful with, the fact that I’m always going to feel like that and for as long as I choose to or have to stay in this position where I work and where I parent.  It’s so hard.  It’s just so hard.  It’s really overwhelming.  I’d be more apt to ask you guys.  What works for you?  What are the tricks? What are the hints?  What do you give up?

I had a big epiphany for myself recently.  I decided,  I am not gonna wash my dishes before I put them in the dishwasher.  I find it so hard to make some time for myself.  I am not gonna spend fifteen minutes pre-washing.  Why would I do that?  I’m looking for time everywhere, in every corner, every day, and here I am, pre-washing my dishes.  Not any more.  Silverware, going in there.  Knives, going in there.  I try and buy back time where I can. I try and figure out how to buy time.  Somebody, a friend of mine said something to me once that really stuck with me.  He said, everybody thinks that you should spend your time making money, but I think you should spend your money making time.

QuestionYou were amazing (in the film).  What was your inspiration?

Michelle Williams–  Thank you. I thought a lot about her, and I watched that movie (The Wizard of Oz) with my daughter and I thought a lot about her.  But Sam (Raimi) said something really interesting to me in the beginning.  He said there’s a reason that Glinda, the Good Witch doesn’t go down the Yellow Brick Road, and that she’s not on the journey, because she’s one dimensional.  She doesn’t have anything she needs to learn about herself, and thus she’s like the least relatable character.  And I thought, that’s a good point.  We don’t wanna do that, you know?  We want people to feel like they’re on a journey with Glinda, too, and that she isn’t this sort of crystallized version.  We want her to have struggle, we want her to be human.  But what does she have to struggle with because she doesn’t have a split nature?  How can she still be good, and innocent, and believe the best in people, but still have a struggle?

And obviously, she’s struggling for the freedom of these people, and she’s struggling a little bit with her own self doubt.  But I thought a lot about transformation.  She’s not somebody who’s had a perfectly easy ride.  She lost her father.  She’s in charge of these sort of refugees, but she doesn’t really know how to protect them and how to make them see.  I can’t say that those aren’t things that I’ve weighed in my life.   I thought about how Glinda transforms these dark and dire situations, how she transforms tears into bubbles, and that she makes the best out of a rotten situation, because of a way that she chooses to look at it.  That takes a lot of energy and it’s not entirely human. It is a super-human quality, although I have seen it on Sam, our director.  By the way, one wife and five kids.  It’s amazing.  He’s such a cool guy.  But he had that attitude.  It’s a really tough job to make a movie that’s this big.  Can you imagine?  All those personalities, like a hundred and fifty people, all their personalities, all their jobs, all their questions, and Sam is, the funnel for all of it.  And he maintained this exuberant and this buoyancy, and this belief in the possibility, and he was interested in what everybody had to say. So in some ways, I was inspired. I think a lot about my daughter.  But I also thought a lot about Sam as kind of Glinda the Good Witch.  And I thought about Joan of Ark and heroes.

Right before we took our picture with Michelle she had this to say about mommy bloggers.

Michelle Williams–   I never really posted anything on a blog, because I don’t really know how to, but  I think  every mother has the same question that we were all asking.  How do you do it?  How do you be a mom, and be a parent, and maybe even try and be in a relationship, and the end, also be yourself.  How do you make all of that work and provide this kind of conversation about it? Access to this kind of information is awesome.  So thank you guys for doing it.

 

Woo hoo!  Like I said, Michelle was so sweet and as a mom herself, I had the feeling we could probably have talked to her for a long time:)  You are all going to love her as Glinda in the movie!  But more on that soon:)

 

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OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL lands in theaters on March 8th!

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My trip to the #DisneyOzEvent was funded entirely by Disney, however all opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. This was a GREAT read! I look forward to reading the other posts in the series from the other cast members. Waiting for this movie’s release for 2 years now has been pins and needles!

  2. Sandy VanHoey says

    What a great interview and I love that she too thought and had to wonder how y’all do it. I know I ask myself that a lot. Seriously, y’all do a lot with reviewing products, bringing awesome recipes, many coupons I have gotten to know about through y’all, the best deals out there and so much more.
    I loved that she said what better feeling in the world than making a kid smile. That tells her character.

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  4. Christy Anderson says

    I would love to meet her! What a great interview!

  5. What a nice interview! And a wonderful opportunity! Michelle seems like an all around great person!

  6. What a wonderful interview. I especially like that she gave credit to mommy bloggers, because it seems sometimes they don’t always get the respect they deserve.

  7. Wow, that’s so cool that you got to meet and interview her. Great interview by the way…

  8. I knew it was her when I saw the trailer in theaters!

  9. jamie braun says

    wow, what a powerful & true comment she made about you mommy bloggers!

  10. That’s very cool you got such an amazing opportunity to do interviews! Michelle seems like a down to Earth person.

  11. Carrie Phelps says

    How exciting!!!

  12. How cool! I can’t wait to have a girls night out and go see this movie!

  13. What an awesome experience this must have been for you! And Michelle Williams seems pretty nice, can’t wait to see what she’s like in the movie!

  14. she is an amazing actress

  15. Wow! Great article! Makes me think of Michelle Williams in a different way!

  16. Diane Sallans says

    I haven’t seen Michelle in a movie in a while – I’m curious to check this out.

  17. courtney b says

    can’t WAIT to see this movie 🙂

  18. She looks great in this movie, I saw trailers for it. Can’t wait to see this movie

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  19. D SCHMIDT says

    Michelle sounds like a very down to earth, nice lady and the movie looks fantastic.

  20. Nikki Strong says

    Awesome Experience! Thanks for sharing with us!

  21. great questions and I love her answers. I adore Michelle Williams. I want to see the movie even more after reading this post

  22. Lisa Ellis says

    How cool was that ? I love Michelle Williams, she’s a great actress – glad she got this big role, she has a sweetness about her. I can’t wait to see the movie !!!

  23. Diane Cooper says

    I am always in awe of the hard work that I know goes into the reviews and its nice to know Michelle Williams has an appreciation for what is done, too.

  24. NICE ARTICLE AND LOOKS LIKE YOU WOMEN HAD A LOT OF FUN……

  25. How awesome!

  26. brenda arbaugh says

    what a great adventure!

  27. Lorayne Gothard says

    wow how nice to meet her. She seems like a really nice lady!!

  28. She’s really personable I like that “you should spend your money making time”….cant wait to see the film

  29. Rich Hicks says

    Numbers are in and this one looks like a major hit. Hope to see it next week

  30. Enjoyed reading this post. She sounds like a great lady and sounds like she was perfect for her part….the good witch… I haven’t seen this movie yet….will wait for DVD…but did enjoy reading the interview.

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