Michelle Williams Admits Being a Mother and Actress is Exhausting, Says She Falls Asleep at Dinner Parties

Michelle Williams, the gorgeous cover girl for Elle UK’s April 2015 issue, candidly spoke about being a mom and a Hollywood A-lister, as well as what she does to open her life up to more beauty on a day to day basis.

Single mother to 8-year-old Matilda with the late Heath Ledger, Williams said, “I feel like I’m so good at raising a kid when I’m not working. I don’t forget anything. I’ve got everything covered.”

She added, “It’s a real luxury to have a moment when I’m not scrambling. I feel like most of my life, I’m trying to do two things at once, both to the best of my abilities.”

“So that leaves me feeling pretty exhausted. I’m the person who falls asleep all the time. You invite me over for dinner or to a party, and there’s a whole scrapbook of pictures of me napping. I’ve even been given a nickname because of my snoring.”

Of course, we’ve all been there.

Williams, who made her mark on Dawson’s Creek in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, is now starring in WWII drama Suite Français, released this month. She just concluded her run in the Broadway revival of Cabaret, playing Sally Bowles.

“You truly never know what’s going to happen,” she said about theatre. “And to have things go wrong, or to make mistakes in real time and then be able to assimilate whatever is different is a tremendous feeling. To find in those moments that one doesn’t stop, or perish, or run away, but that you can rely on yourself to process things and keep going.”

The three-time Oscar nominee revealed that she leaves a short moment in her day to read poetry. She commented, “I love poetry because it’s like a shot, like an attack, like a dose. And for a person who doesn’t have very much free time, it does its work very quickly. So I read poems on my phone when I wake up in the morning.”

“It opens you up for the rest of the day,” she added, “and suddenly your life becomes a little more observed. And when it becomes more observed, it can’t help but start to become more beautiful.”

Williams gets support from other cool celeb moms like Kristen Bell, whose No Kids Policy discourages paparazzi from taking photographs of celebrity kids.

“Men and women in suits were cashing checks off of my daughter’s face,” Williams said. “There are so many problems with that. But Kristen has made it so much easier for these kids to live in a world that is friendly and that they can trust. Every month I send her a gushy, ‘You don’t know what you’ve done’ note. Now my daughter and other kids aren’t scared to walk down the street any more. It’s like a miracle.”

Read her interview when the issue hits newsstands March 5.