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Michelle Williams On How Kristen Bell Helped Her Kid

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    Following her stint on Broadway in Cabaret, Michelle Williams is back on the big screen — which means she's also back on the newsstand. The Oscar-nominated actress has posed for the April 2015 cover of Elle UK ahead of her starring role in Suite Française. Oh, how we missed those platinum locks and Louis Vuitton duds.

    Whether she's hoofing it onstage as Sally Bowles or portraying a lovelorn French villager in her new World War II drama, Williams considers herself a "mother first and an actress second."

    "I feel like I’m so good at raising a kid when I’m not working," the 34-year-old star told the magazine of her eight-year-old daughter, Matlida. "I don’t forget anything. I’ve got everything covered. It’s a real luxury to have a moment when I’m not scrambling. I feel like most of my life, I’m trying to do two things at once, both to the best of my abilities. So that leaves me feeling pretty exhausted. I’m the person who falls asleep all the time. You invite me over for dinner or to a party, and there’s a whole scrapbook of pictures of me napping. I’ve even been given a nickname because of my snoring."

    What she lacks in sleep, Williams makes up in support from other celebrity moms. Specifically, Kristen Bell, whose No Kids Policy discourages paparazzi from taking photos of children with famous parents. 

    "Men and women in suits were cashing checks off of my daughter’s face," the former Dawson's Creek star said. "There are so many problems with that. But Kristen has made it so much easier for these kids to live in a world that is friendly and that they can trust. Every month I send her a gushy, 'You don’t know what you’ve done' note. Now my daughter and other kids aren’t scared to walk down the street any more. It’s like a miracle."

    Cool moms unite! Click through for more from Williams' shoot. Are you surprised to learn she reads poetry every morning?

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