February 25, 2024

FSM Media

by Dianna Ranere

Michelle Williams Oz The Great and Powerful Interview #Glinda #DisneyOzEvent

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Image  ©Jeanne Sager, Inside Out Motherhood 

 

On Friday, we had the pleasure of interviewing Michelle Williams who plays Glinda in the movie Oz The Great and Powerful. The moment she walked into the room I was captivated by her. She is just as stunning in person, as she is on screen.

The other thing that I noticed right away was how much of a Mom she really is, just like the 25 of us that were sitting in front of her.

 

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Q : Are you prepared to have legions of little girls flocking around you?

 MICHELLE : ……..there are these little girls,  the Quadling children, and I would walk by them in full costume, you would just hear, awww, ohhh, and they were really shy, like waving, and I was like, wow, I hadn’t entertained this possibility at all, that I would delight young children.

….. I was thinking about delighting one young child, and I didn’t realize there would be more than one. …..I mean, really, like what feels better in this whole world than making a kid smile?

 


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Q : How do you balance your career with motherhood?

 

MICHELLE : I was afraid you might ask something like that. I mean, how do you, how does anybody do it? …….. 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. ……..It’s not possible to do both things well at the same time, especially not if you are exacting, ……….. But I think, every mother that I know asks a lot of themselves. I’m never gonna arrive at 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 under-served  And that’s really hard on your heart…… I’m really trying to get peaceful with the fact that I’m always going to feel like that and that is the equation, … 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, [LAUGHS].

 I’d be more apt to ask you guys, ……… What works for you? What doesn’t  ……..what are the tricks, what are the hints? Like, what do you give up? ……it’s a lot of work to clean a house. This is, like, a big epiphany for me recently. I was like, 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, like, I’m looking for time everywhere, in every corner, every day, and here I am, pre-washing my dishes. Not any more.

I try and buy back time where I can- try and figure out how to buy time. ……a friend of mine said something to me once, he said recently 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.

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Q : You were amazing. What was your inspiration?

 

MICHELLE : ..thank you. I’ve watched that movie passively for years, and watched it with my daughter, and I thought a lot about her,  but Sam 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 needs to learn about herself, and thus she’s like the least relatable character. And I thought, right, that’s a good point. We don’t wanna do that. We want people to feel like they’re on a journey with Glinda, too, and that she isn’t this sort of crystallized version who knew it all along and, we want her to have struggle, we want her to be human. But does she have to struggle with because she doesn’t have, a split nature, you know. She’s not  struggling with her- what is she allowed, 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. I thought a lot about transformation. She’s not somebody who’s had a perfectly easy ride. …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. And so I thought a lot about transformation and how Glinda transforms these dark and dire situations……I thought about her as somebody who transforms tears into bubbles, 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. So in some ways I was inspired. I think a lot about my daughter, but I also I kinda thought a lot about Sam as kind of Glinda the Good Witch.

 

MICHELLE : Well, you guys, thank you. I mean, really, I feel like your blogs are definitely a place you turn to, a place where I get a lot of advice…. I never really posted anything on a blog because I don’t really know how to, but I think that every mother has the same question that we were all asking. Like, 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 in the end, also be, be yourself.  How do you make all of that work? Providing this kind of conversation about it, and like this kind of access to it is awesome. So thanks for doing it.  Thank you.

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Here we are after the interview with Michelle. I loved every minute of the interview, it made me see her as more of a Mom than a famous actress. It also  made me realize that no matter who you are, we all struggle with the same kinds of issues. As Moms, we are all in the same boat.

I also loved that she mentioned blogs, and how she reads them, so cool to hear!

I hope you enjoyed reading the interview as much as I loved being a part of it.

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

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Disclosure:  I was provided with an all expense paid trip by Disney in order to bring you this information. All opinions and experiences expressed are my own.  This is accordance with Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of. Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.