It’s been a difficult year for Michelle, 28, following the death of her former fiance – and father to her 3-year-old daughter Matilda – Heath Ledger. The Oscar-nominated actress hasn’t worked in 9 months, and while she plans to return to the set soon, she tells the Daily Telegraph that she’s not ready quite yet. “I felt burnt out, I still feel that, but I’m coming back to my wits, little by little. But ultimately I am not yet ready to work.”
A single mom, Michelle admits that the “working mother thing is kind of a fallacy – it’s hard to do both things well.” But, she adds that she worries her life “might end as a pile of dishes” if she doesn’t return some focus to her career soon.
The normally very private actress can often be seen walking through her Brooklyn neighborhood with Matilda in tow. She says that she can’t imagine raising her in Hollywood.
“I wouldn’t raise [Matilda] there. For all the obvious reasons – being the daughter of…. Being an actor’s daughter. It’s a town that’s about one thing and I want her to have options.”
While Michelle dreams of her daughter being a doctor one day, she admits that like most little girls Matilda has a different career pursuit in mind – a cowgirl!
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