Michelle Williams stars in "Meek's Cutoff," a movie about a group of settlers travelling through the Oregon desert in 1845. During their journey they have to make some tough decisions as they search for water and are forced to deal with trusting each other amidst fear of the unknown.
Michelle Williams, who drops the N-bomb in the film, sat down with GlobalGrind to talk about how hard it was for her to say the racial slur, uplifting roles for women and much more. Check out the interview below.
Global Grind: This character was really strong and uplifting for women. Was that a conscious decision and how was it to play?
Michelle Williams: Kelly (Reichardt, the director) had sort of wondered early on how ahead of her time can she be. How modern can we get away with? Is there such a thing as a woman who did not really want kids? Is there such a thing as a woman who, let's say like, married later than her friends and her sisters and maybe married a man who was older than she was? Is there such a thing as a woman who's going to stand up when others are quiet?
And there were a few accounts on the trail of women making this journey solo, but they were treated as very suspicious characters. And you know obviously Emily is married in it, but the idea of when you can make the transition from being a watcher to being a participant. That was something, where as I think Wendy and Lucy was on her heels the whole time and kind of unable to stand up for herself or her situation, that Emily took some control in a way and a time that you wouldn't normally expect a woman to.