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Michelle Williams Says Being on Dawson's Creek Was Like Working a Manufacturing facility Job: 'It Was Formulaic'

Dawson’s Creek could have launched Michelle Williams into stardom, however that doesn’t essentially imply she all the time loved her time engaged on the collection.

The actress, who performed the function of “Jen Lindley” on Dawson’s Creek for 5 years, lately appeared on Selection’s Actors on Actors chat, the place she opened up in regards to the difficulties of engaged on the WB drama and why it hindered her curiosity in future tv tasks.

“It was a very different kind of television. We did 22 episodes a year, you’d be getting scripts sort of at the last minute and you had like zero input,” Williams, 38, admitted. “That was hard, it was a little bit like a factory job. It was formulaic.”

Although the actress referred to her time on Dawson’s Creek as “an incredible learning experience” and “very formative,” she acknowledged that she wasn’t “yearning to repeat” one other venture prefer it as soon as the present ended as a result of she “didn’t want to be told what to do.”

“I don’t think I’ve done television in between then and now because of a fear of loss of input,” she shared.

As an alternative of performing in tv reveals, Williams immersed herself in tasks on the massive display, together with Brokeback Mountain in 2005 and Shutter Island in 2010.

A few years later, Williams earned the 2012 Golden Globe award for greatest actress for her function as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn. She then went on to star in critically-acclaimed Manchester by the Sea in 2016, in addition to The Biggest Showman in 2017.

Her perspective on tv modified, nevertheless, when she was lately approached to do FX’s Fosse/Verdon with Oscar-winning actor Sam Rockwell.

“People had been saying for a long time, ‘Television is different now,’ and I could see that that was true and it was something that I should open myself up to,” Williams revealed in Selection‘s chat.

“When this came along with Sammy — ol’ Sam Rockwell — I’ve always wanted to work with him,” continued the New York-based actress, who performs Gwen Verdon within the mini-series.

“It was him and it was [executive producer and director] Tommy Kail and it was all these New Yorkers and at home, I said ‘Okay, I want to try it again,’” she recalled.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams
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Dawson’s Creek, which aired on the WB from 1998-2003, additionally starred James Van Der Beek, Joshua Jackson, Katie Holmes, Kerr Smith, and Meredith Monroe.

Regardless of not all the time being keen on her time on the collection, Williams has nonetheless maintained friendships along with her former costars — a lot in order that they also have a group chat collectively, based on Monroe.

“We’re all in a group text… We reconnected and now we have a group text going again, so that’s been nice,” Monroe revealed in the course of the solid’s reunion for Leisure Weekly‘s 20th-anniversary cowl shoot.

The cast of Dawson's Creek

The solid of Dawson’s Creek
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In the course of the reunion, Williams spoke to Dawson’s Creek‘s impression and praised the collection for connecting with followers throughout their “formative years.”

“When you’re so permeable and open and trying to figure out who you are and what’s going on, whatever reaches you in those moments really becomes part of you,” she advised EW.

And whereas followers have hoped {that a} collection reboot could also be of their future, Williams isn’t so certain she’ll be included if issues ever got here to fruition.

“I died,” the Oscar nominee advised hosts on the Immediately present. “I would have to come back as a ghost — or put a lot of filters on the camera, and I’ll do flashback scenes.”

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