Michelle Williams as Glinda from ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’
The second that Michelle Williams walked into the room, I fell in love with her. With such a warm smile and demeanor just showed that she was completely down-to-Earth. Every comment she made let me know that she feels the same frustrations, struggles and joys that the rest of us have being parents.
I think it was overwhelming having so many other moms to talk to, since she is, well, another mom trying to juggle life. I loved when she was asked how she balances her life and work. She paused, sat back and sighed. Not a little sigh, a big sigh and says, “I mean, how do you, how does anybody do it? It’s like an Olympian undertaking.” Why yes, Michelle, we agree! There were so many truthful comments in her statement that is a hard realization for so many moms out there. “Nobody really tells you the truth, which is that it’s not possible. It’s not possible to do both things well at the same time, especially not if you are exacting, and maybe a Virgo, and like, you know, like, really critical, and like ask a lot of yourself.”
I couldn’t agree more.
I may not be a Virgo, but I think every mom feels that they aren’t doing one thing or the other right, or well enough. The balance of trying to have a career or just do something other than be a mom can sometimes feel like it’s getting in the way of actually being a mom and spending every waking moment with/for your kids.
I loved seeing the twinkle in her eye when she was asked if she was prepared to have little girls flocking around her. She got a huge smile and told us that she had only thought about making one little girl smile, her daughter, Matilda, but was able to see how much she impacted all little girls. “The most exciting thing for me was, was to realize, because we made it on a sound stage, and you’re sort of locked down, you know, and nobody really comes in and out, but the- there are these little girls, this little extra, the Quadling children, and I would walk by them in full costume, you would just hear, awww, ohhh, and they were really shy, waving, I hadn’t entertained this possibility at all, that I would delight young children.”
The funniest thing that was said was something we can all relate to. We are all searching for time. Time for ourselves. Time to breathe. “A big epiphany for me recently. I’m not gonna wash my dishes before I put them in the dishwasher. I find it so hard to make some time for myself. I am not going to spend fifteen minutes pre-washing. Why would I do that? I’m looking for time everywhere, in every corner, every day, and here I am, pre-washing my dishes.”
We completely agree. Luckily my kids are old enough, they wash the dishes, so they can pre-wash all they want at this point. When they were younger, there wasn’t pre-washing being done. Rinse and load the dish washer. You hope they come out clean and if not? Wash them again.
Although it was fun talking about motherhood and our similar struggles, we still wanted to know about her character in Oz The Great and Powerful. When asked where she got her inspiration, Williams stated it was from the movie itself. She states that Glinda is, “struggling for the freedom of these people, and she’s struggling a little bit with her own self doubt. I thought a lot about transformation. She’s not somebody who’s had a perfectly easy ride. She lost her father. She’s in charge of these sort of refugees, but she doesn’t really know how to protect them and how to make them see.”
As Glinda, you can see there are many layers to her. She is caring, but strong. Williams states that Glinda “transforms tears into bubbles, that she makes the best out of a rotten situation because of a way that she chooses to look at it.” Maybe we should all do that. Quit looking focusing on the bad situations and turn them into something beautiful and useful.
You can see Michelle Williams as Glinda in Oz The Great and Powerful in theaters March 8th, 2013!
Disclosure: I was provided a trip to the premiere of Oz The Great and Powerful to share my thoughts and experiences. All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own.