Michelle Williams is “Emily Tetherow”
MEEK’S CUTOFF is Michelle Williams’ second collaboration with Kelly Reichardt. Her moving and evocative performance as “Wendy” in Reichardt’s critically acclaimed film WENDY AND LUCY garnered her a Toronto Film Critics Award for Best Actress in 2009 and her third Independent Spirit Award Nomination.
Williams’ riveting performance in Ang Lee’s BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN earned her a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award as well as Best Supporting Actress nominations from SAG, Golden Globe, BAFTA and ultimately an Academy Award nomination.
In 2004, Williams shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with her fellow actors from Thomas McCarthy’s THE STATION AGENT for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In 2005, Williams was honored by the Motion Picture Club as Female Star of Tomorrow. Williams was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her performance in Wim Wenders’ LAND OF PLENTY.
She will next be seen in Derek Cianfrance’s BLUE VALENTINE opposite Ryan Gosling. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and also screened at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. It will be released by The Weinstein Company on December 31, 2010. Williams is currently in production in Sarah Polley’s TAKE THIS WALTZ starring opposite Seth Rogen and she begins production on MY WEEK WITH MARILYN in the fall.
Williams’ other film credits include Sharon Maguire’s INCENDIARY, Charlie Kaufman’s SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, Todd Haynes’ I’M NOT THERE, Dan Harris’ IMAGINARY HEROES, Richard Ledes’ A HOLE IN ONE, Ethan Hawke’s THE HOTTEST STATE, Julian Goldberger’s THE HAWK IS DYING, Sandra Goldbacher’s ME WITHOUT YOU and Andrew Fleming’s DICK. Williams was last seen in Martin Scorsese’s SHUTTER ISLAND, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.
On television, Williams starred opposite Chloë Sevigny in Martha Coolidge’s critically acclaimed HBO movie IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK 2. She also had a six-year run as “Jen Lindley” on the WB’s hit television series DAWSON’S CREEK. The series premiered in 1998 and remained one of the WB’s top-rated shows throughout its run.
On stage, Williams received glowing reviews for her portrayal of Varya in Chekhov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She also achieved critical acclaim for her run in Mike Leigh’s SMELLING A RAT at the Samuel Beckett Theatre and her off-Broadway debut in KILLER JOE.