This cover is beautiful; I’m delighted that she’s back to this, her most iconic hair; and I am interested in hearing everyone’s thoughts about the kerning or whatever of that coverline.
The profile, by Brent Lang, is very revealing and quite an interesting read. It’s also educational, as I didn’t even know that she has two new movies coming out, both of which are going to be at Cannes! I needed to know this quite literally for my job, so thank you, Variety. She talks quite a bit about wage equality, her intellectual insecurities (she comes across, to my mind, as a perfectly smart person) and she also talks about that infamous Jeremy Strong New Yorker piece, as I guess they’re very close — he moved into her house when Heath Ledger died to help with Matilda, which is absolutely a very good deed.
So the piece has quite a lot of professional and actorial musings that are worth your time, but I also liked this bit:
“The Fabelmans” hits theaters in the fall, roughly the same time that the 41-year-old Williams and her husband, “Fosse/Verdon” director Thomas Kail, will be expecting a new addition to their family. It will be Williams’ second child with Kail. The couple have a son, Hart, who is almost 2, and Williams has a 16-year-old daughter, Matilda, from her relationship with the late actor Heath Ledger.
“It’s totally joyous,” Williams says. “As the years go on, you sort of wonder what they might hold for you or not hold for you. It’s exciting to discover that something you want again and again is available one more time. That good fortune is not lost on me or my family.”
Williams gave birth to Hart during lockdown, and she says that raising a young child has helped to put all the dark headlines from the pandemic era in perspective.
“It was a reminder that life goes on,” she says. “The world we brought a baby into is not the world we thought we were bringing a baby into, but the baby is ignorant of that. He experiences the unmitigated joy of discovery and the happiness of a loving home.”
Isn’t that nice? (I say that with total sincerity, not like the Church Lady, I promise.)
[Photo: Celeste Sloman for Variety]