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Michelle Williams 'devastated' over 'Nightline' interview

Just a few weeks ago, Michelle Williams opened up on life after Heath Ledger’s death during an interview with “Nightline,” but the experience has left the actress feeling like she said too much.

So when the Daily Beast asked Williams, who lost Ledger in January 2008 to a drug overdose, about his passing, she said that she struggles with speaking about the late actor, who is the father of her 5-year-old daughter, Matilda.

“Just recently I felt as if I did cross a line about all this,” Williams told the Daily Beast. "I just had an experience with 'Nightline' that got edited in such a way that seemed as if I did go too far. It was a three-hour interview that was edited in such a way that was devastating to me."

She said that in an effort to please while conducting the interview she finally spoke up about Ledger. "Then they used those few quotes and the way they edited the piece to sell the interview, and it appeared as if I were breaking some kind of silence and sitting down with the express purpose to discuss something that is very private to me," she said.

Update, 1/7 9:45 a.m.: A rep for ABC News tells CNN that the interview with Williams "speaks for itself. Like all our work, it was done fairly and thoughtfully."

"Yet," the 30-year-old "Blue Valentine" star went on, “if I’m going to do interviews and be in this world, I don’t want to seem as if I’m just taking a party line. I want to say something that is representative of who I am and what I’m thinking about and what matters to me in the same ways that I want to do that in my work because my work and my life do feed off each other. The two do go together. But when it comes to interviews, it all becomes rather tricky because I don’t want to say something without resonance but then I don’t want to go too far.”

Hopefully Williams's words to the Daily Beast about Ledger's death won't leave with her that feeling.

"I experienced a lot of loss after his death," Williams said in the interview. "I lost my city because of all the paparazzi descending upon us. I actually lost my journal during that time, oddly enough. I literally couldn’t hold on to anything. It felt as if things were literally slipping through my fingers."

Items "were just streaming away from me," she went on. "I lost my sense of humor. I’m still sort of looking for that."