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Michelle Williams on raising daughter without late partner Heath Ledger: 'It won't ever be right'

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Actors Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams arrive to the 78th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on March 5, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actors Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams arrive to the 78th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on March 5, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actors Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams arrive to the 78th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on March 5, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Michelle Williams gives a piggyback to her daughter Matilda on their way to the mideastern restaurant 'Bedouin Tent', in Brooklyn, NY, on February 19 2010. CAU (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actors Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams arrive to the 78th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on March 5, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Michelle Williams attends the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Heath Ledger (R) and actress Michelle Williams, from "Brokeback Mountain" arrives to the 78th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on March 5, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Actor Heath Ledger and actress Michelle Williams arrive at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 13, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actors Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams arrive at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

Michelle Williams has opened up about raising her daughter Matilda alone following the death of her former partner Heath Ledger.

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The 36-year-old actress is mother to 11-year-old daughter Matilda, who was born in 2005 while the actress was in a relationship with Heath. The Australian actor died in January 2008 aged 28 following an accidental drug overdose, and Michelle still struggles to think of her little girl without a father.

“In all honesty, for pretty much everything else, I feel like I’m a believer in not fighting circumstances, accepting where you are and where you’ve been,” Michelle told Porter magazine.

"In pretty much all senses but one. I would be able to go totally down that line of thinking were it not for Matilda not having her dad. You know that’s just something that doesn’t... I mean, it just won’t ever be right."

Michelle Williams gives a piggyback to her daughter Matilda on their way to the mideastern restaurant 'Bedouin Tent', in Brooklyn, NY, on February 19 2010. CAU (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
Michelle Williams gives a piggyback to her daughter Matilda on their way to the mideastern restaurant 'Bedouin Tent', in Brooklyn, NY, on February 19 2010. CAU (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)

While she has experimented in the dating world, Michelle has yet to find her dream man.

"Talk about a learning process," she groaned of the dating process. "I think, God, what would I say about it? I feel really sensitive about it and certainly did not expect to still be dating at 36 with an 11-year-old. This is not what I imagined.

"I'm like a cat, I'm a very domestic creature. I just want to stay home and take care of people. But I'm also happy with myself and just because I might have a desire to be with someone…that won't lead me to marry the wrong person."

The actress is currently earning critical acclaim for her role in Manchester by the Sea, in which she stars alongside Casey Affleck as a mother whose life is turned upside down by a family tragedy.

Actors Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams arrive at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Actors Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams arrive at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

Filming the heart-wrenching movie was anything but easy for Michelle, who admits she was impacted so much by the plot because she herself is a mother.

“I couldn’t stop crying,” Michelle added to the magazine. "It’s like the darkest part of your heart, something happening to your child … She’s making a brave choice, moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day. Because it is a choice. I would exit... It would be so much easier than living with the loss."

Michelle Williams attends the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Michelle Williams attends the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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