Williams , an author and commodities trader. Her first screen appearance was as Bridget Bowers, a young woman who seduces Mitch Buchannon 's son, Hobie, in a episode of the television series Baywatch. Williams played the love interest of Guiry's character, which led Steven Gaydos of Variety to take note of her "winning perf". To focus on her acting pursuits, she left the school and enrolled for in-home tutoring. Dawson's Creek and transition to adult roles[ edit ] Following her emancipation, Williams relocated to Los Angeles, and lived by herself in Burbank.
The series aired for six seasons from January to May , and featured Williams as Jen Lindley, a precocious and promiscuous New York-based teenager who relocates to the fictional town of Capeside. The series was filmed in the small-town of Wilmington, North Carolina , where Williams relocated for the next six years; she preferred living there over Los Angeles.
The seventh instalment in the Halloween film series , it featured Williams as one of several teenagers traumatised by a murderer. The production featured gruesome violence and required Williams to perform a nude scene. They were just defined at an early age by the fact that others saw them that way. She played Holly, an insecure bibliophile, a part Williams believed came closest to her personality. She relocated to New York City soon after. In the former, starring Ryan Gosling , she played the grieving sister of a murdered boy.
Reviews of the film were mostly negative, with The Globe and Mail 's Liam Lacey calling it "neither an insightful nor well-made film". Neither film was well received. The film received negative reviews; Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe wrote, "Only when Williams is around does the movie seem human, true, and funny.
Even in her slapstick there's pain. He found a vulnerability in her and cast her as Alma, the wife of Ennis, who is unaware of her husband's homosexuality and subsequent infidelity.
Work with auteurs[ edit ] Williams had two film releases in She played a woman with "no eyebrows [and] this insane gray mop of hair" in The Hawk Is Dying , co-starring Paul Giamatti. A review in Variety mentioned that she was underused in it. After six months of indecision, she agreed to a small part in Todd Haynes ' I'm Not There , a musical inspired by the life of Bob Dylan. In his review for The Independent , Robert Hanks called it "sloppy" and said that Williams deserved better.
The screenwriter Charlie Kaufman was impressed with her comic timing in Dick and thus cast her in his directorial debut Synecdoche, New York , an ensemble experimental drama headlined by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Although Williams continued filming, she later said, "It was horrible. I don't remember most of it.
Her role was that of an established surgeon, a part she deemed herself too young to logically play. Based on Dennis Lehane 's novel , it featured her as a depressed housewife who drowns her own children. The high-profile production marked a departure for her, and she found it difficult to adjust to the slower pace of filming. She took a year off work to focus on her daughter. Keen to have her in the film, Cianfrance decided to film it near Brooklyn, New York, where Williams lived.
Before production began, Cianfrance had Williams and Gosling live together for a month on a stipend that matched their character's income. This exercise led to conflicts between them, which proved conducive for filming their character's deteriorating marriage.
Scott found Williams to be "heartbreakingly precise in every scene" and praised the couple for being "exemplars of New Method sincerity, able to be fully and achingly present every moment on screen together". Set in , it is based on an ill-fated historical incident on the Oregon Trail , in which the frontier guide Stephen Meek led a wagon train through a desert.
Williams starred as one of the passengers on the wagon, a feisty young mother, who is suspicious of Meek. In preparation, she took lessons on firing a gun and learned to knit. Pictured with co-star Dougray Scott. In , Williams played the actress Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn , a drama depicting the troubled production of the comedy The Prince and the Showgirl , based on accounts by Colin Clark , who worked on the film.
Initially skeptical to play Monroe, as she had little in common with her looks or personality, Williams spent six months researching her by reading biographies, diaries and notes, and studying her posture, gait, and mannerisms.
Though she considered it to be a light-hearted film, Jenny McCartney of The Daily Telegraph found a darker undertone to it, and favourably compared its theme to that of Blue Valentine. Based on the Oz children's books , it served as a prequel to the classic film The Wizard of Oz. Before production began, she spent four months privately rehearsing with music and dance coaches. She read the works of Christopher Isherwood , whose novel Goodbye to Berlin inspired the musical, and visited Berlin to research Isherwood's life and inspirations.
Set entirely in the lunchroom of an office, it focusses on a young woman, Una Williams , who confronts a much-older man played Jeff Daniels for having sexual relations with her when she was 12 years old.
Williams, who had not seen previous stagings of the play, was drawn to the ambiguity of her character and found herself unable to distance herself from it after each performance. As with their previous collaborations, the film featured minimal dialogues and required Williams to act through silences. Williams agreed to the project to work with Lonergan, whose work she admired, and in preparation, she visited Manchester to interview local mothers about their lives.
Mainstream films[ edit ] Williams began with a cameo in Todd Hayne's drama Wonderstruck ,  following which she appeared in the musical film The Greatest Showman. She compared her character's disposition to that of Grace Kelly and considered it to be a rare "joyful part" for her. She considered the role to be a major opportunity for her as she had not been at "the center of something of this kind of magnitude before".
Paul Getty , was accused of sexual misconduct a month before the film's release. The empowered and confident character marked a departure from her previous roles, and Peter Debruge of Variety considered it to be "the funniest performance of her career".
I couldn't imagine any place in the world that was gonna feel good to me. Williams called the timing of their relationship "impossible", and ended it in September