Michelle Williams "proud" of "Valentine" sex scene

Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:04am EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michelle Williams scored a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as a wife in a fractured relationship in film drama "Blue Valentine," which hits theaters in major U.S. cities on Wednesday.

Williams, 30, perhaps best known for her performance in "Brokeback Mountain," sat down with Reuters to talk about the independent film that looks at the beginning, and end, of a once happy marriage, the sex scene that sparked controversy, and why she is proud to be a part of it.

Q: Most films are shot out of order, but for "Blue Valentine" director Derek Cianfrance wanted everything shot chronologically -- from the romantic beginning to the broken present. What was that like?

A: "As these things are happening to the character, they're happening to you. The lines get blurry, but it's very exciting to present something that feels as close to life as possible."

Q: You and Ryan took a month off between shooting the past and present and actually lived together in character. Why?

A: "The break was supposed to be a week, but it got extended to a month so that we could learn how to fight with each other and get on each other's nerves."

Q: A week was not enough?

A: "When it came time to close the chapter on the first part of the movie, we were having a hard time switching to the fighting because we had built up this trust in each other. We were hesitant to burn it to the ground. We had gone to the strangest, silliest, most intimate places."   Continued...

<p>Cast member Michelle Williams arrives for the premiere of "Blue Valentine" in New York December 7, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>