Michelle Williams talks about Jeremy Strong’s special role in her life after Heath Ledger’s death

Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger’s relationship had already ended. The death of the star of The Dark Knight sent shockwaves around the world. Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment on January 22, 2008, at the age of 28. The New York Times reported. He died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, including pain relievers and drugs to treat anxiety and insomnia. Ledger was open about his struggles with the latter, revealing how he barely slept while portraying the Joker in “The Dark Knight” during a November 2007 interview with The New York Times† “Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night,” he said. “I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted and my mind was still busy.”

But Ledger reportedly didn’t rely solely on legal means. The Oscar winner is also said to have used cocaine, a habit he says caused problems between him and Williams The Telegraph† After meeting on the set of “Brokeback Mountain” in 2004, Williams and Ledger welcomed Matilda in October 2005, People reported. Williams and Ledger ended their three-year relationship in September 2007, We Weekly noted.

Although Williams loved Ledger, she wanted to raise her child in a healthy environment, a source said Admission to Hollywood† “He had a lifestyle that was really incompatible — at least in the eyes of Michelle William — with raising a child and continuing that relationship.” But raising a child without a father is quite another — and Williams couldn’t have done it without Jeremy Strong.

Jeremy Strong moved in with Michelle Williams to help with Matilda

Jeremy Strong was there unconditionally for Michelle Williams after Heath Ledger’s death. The ‘Succession’ star even moved in with Williams, along with Williams’ sister and another friend, to help the ‘Venom’ actor navigate the difficult waters. “Jeremy was serious enough to bear the weight of a child’s broken heart and sensitive enough to understand how to approach.” [her] through play and play and folly,” she told Variety† Williams defended her longtime friend amid backlash he received over his method acting techniques, which many considered extreme, which were examined in a December 2021 feature in The New Yorker

The piece described how Strong had a stunt coordinator beat him up while filming the protest scenes in “The Trial of the Chicago 7” in 2020 and requested that real tear gas be used on him. “All I know is he’s crossing the Rubicon,” said Robert Downey Jr., who worked with Strong on “The Judge.” But Williams disagrees that Strong uses his method to spoil himself. “He takes his job as seriously as his play,” she told Variety.

His devotion extends to his personal life as well, which Strong demonstrated when he put his life on hold to help a grieving friend. †[Matilda] Didn’t grow up with her dad, but she grew up with her Jeremy and we were changed by his ability to play like his life depended on it,” Williams said, “because hers did.”

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